NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has responded to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards about the no-call in the NFC Championship game.
Edwards said in his letter, sent Jan. 22, that he wanted to express the state’s “deep disappointment” with the outcome of the game. The New Orleans Saints lost to the Rams 23-26 in overtime after a controversial pass interference and helmet-to-helmet
“This team deserved better. Saints fans deserved better. The City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana deserved better,” Edwards wrote.
Goodell said he understands the governor’s “personal disappointment and frustration of Saints fans."
“Our rules do not permit the Commissioner to overturn the result of a game because of an officiating error, and I believe that it would be wrong for me to do so,” Goodell said in his letter.
He went on to say that other NFL teams have balked at replay rule changes.
“That said, I agree that it is incumbent on us to review this issue closely to determine if there are changes in our rules or procedures that would prevent a similar occurrence in the future,” he continued.
Edwards replied and said the commissioner’s response only provided “cold comfort” to Saints fans.
“I applaud the Commissioner’s willingness to review the officiating error closely to determine if similar errors can be prevented in the future through rule or procedure changes. I appreciate his response to my letter,” Edwards replied.
Goodell also reminded the governor that New Orleans would be hosting its 11th Super Bowl. He stressed no other city has hosted more Super Bowls. Although that changes next year when the Super Bowl returns to Miami for its 11th time.
“We treasure our relationship with New Orleans,” Goodell said.
Edwards said that when the Super Bowl returns to New Orleans, the state will be hospitable to its guests.
“It’s the Louisiana way," he said.