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Call it both ways.That’s the standard athletes and fans alike have been demanding from officials since sports began and it’s exactly what they got Sunday– or in this case Womens Marcus Davenport Jersey , don’t call it both ways.While the attention of the football world is focusing on the non-pass interference/ helmet-to-helmet penalty Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman got away with on a pass intended for Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis with under two minutes left in regulation, Colin Cowherd believes the聽most聽costly missed call of the game actually benefitted New Orleans.“That one actually took points off the board. That would have been a first and goal for the Rams at the one and the refs whiffed it… Since when in pro football do you get bonus points for an egregious whiff?” Cowherd wondered on聽The Herd.The no-call Cowherd is referencing聽also came late in the fourth quarter. With under seven minutes to play, Rams QB Jared Goff scrambled down to the Saints聽two yard line. During his run,聽Saints linebacker A.J. Klein clearly grabs his facemask, which should have resulted in a first and goal near the one yard line for the Rams. While nothing can be assumed, it’s likely the Rams could have punched the ball in to take a 24-20 lead, but instead they had to settle for a game-tying field goal.“It’s called the recency bias. That last blown call, ‘that’s what lost it for us!'” Cowherd said to explain why fans are only focusing on the Robey-Coleman play. “Fans demand perfect officiating, but Sean Payton got out-coached late and Drew Brees got out-played late.”To explain the argument Cowherd is making about Payton and Brees being out-matched, let’s take a look at key figures, beginning with the coaching decisions.With 1:58 remaining in regulation– after the two-minute warning– the Rams only had two timeouts remaining. The Saints had the ball with a first and 10 at the LA 13. Instead of running the ball to force the Rams to either burn their second timeout or accept the fact the clock would run under 1:15, Payton elected to put the ball in Brees’ hands who threw an incomplete pass, stopping the clock.On second down, after only three seconds came off the clock聽during the previous play, Alvin Kamara was stopped on a run for no gain. The Rams burned their second timeout. Payton seemed to have reverted back to conventional play calling.Then came the infamous third down.While yes, the pass should have resulted in a first down because of a penalty, the decision to聽throw the ball at all is an interesting decision. Despite the fact it was unlikely a run on 3rd and 10 would result in a first down, the Saints would have forced the Rams into using their final timeout before kicking the go-ahead field goal with 1:45 left. If Payton had run the ball on first and second down Tre'Quan Smith Jersey White , depleting LA’s timeout supply before this play, the kick would have happened with just over a minute left.“Sean, at that point in the game you’re not facing the Rams. You’re facing the clock,” Cowherd states.But alas, the Saints took the three point lead and gave Jared Goff 1:41 and a timeout to march down the field. Turns out, he needed 1:22 and the timeout to get into field goal range when Greg Zuerlein eventually kicked the OT-forcing 48-yard field goal. That’s 22 seconds and a stoppage more than Payton could have left him.However, Cowherd provides as further supporting evidence, that wasn’t the only missed opportunity the Saints had.On each of the first two New Orleans possessions, the Saints had the ball聽inside聽the red zone– including one where they took over possession on the LA 16– and came away with only two field goals. Instead of blowing the doors open with a 14-0 lead merely eight minutes into the game, the Rams only trailed by six.“You had multiple opportunities in that game, but you go ahead and you blame the refs… The better team won,” Cowherd said.He also pointed to the overtime period itself– which followed both blown calls he discussed– in which the Saints squandered a golden opportunity.After receiving the ball first, New Orleans could have won the game without even giving LA a chance if they scored a touchdown (something Tom Brady was able to do later in the day for the New England Patriots which is causing a lot of discussion about a need to change the OT rules). But Brees could not orchestrate such a drive. Instead, while attempting to throw a deep pass, he was hit and the ball was intercepted. That play ultimately set up Zuerlein’s 57-yard game-winner.“As I said Friday, the team peaking now and not in November would win this football game,” Cowherd reminded.So, while this game may be remembered in 20 years as ‘the no-call game Womens Alvin Kamara Jersey ,’ at least the no-calls went both ways. METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees dismisses the notion that the Saints‘ recent downturn in scoring is a sign of vulnerability.Either that or the 18-year veteran knows better than to acknowledge their past three opponents might have been on to something.“Bottom line is this: Regardless of how those games played out for the first 3 1/2 quarters, we went into these last two games on the road, in the division, down at half, down going into the fourth quarter and found a way to win,” said Brees, whose nose remained scuffed up from a sack on Monday night.“Whether it’s a special teams play, a blocked punt, or a great punt down inside the 10, or a defensive stop, or the defense getting a turnover, or offensively possessing the ball and going and getting points and giving us the lead, everyone has contributed. And it’s good to feel like, man, battle tested,” Brees continued. “And regardless of the scenario or circumstances we encounter for the rest of the year or any given game, we always have a chance. We always have hope and we’re confident.”The Saints currently average 32.8 points Michael Thomas Saints Jersey , which ranks second in the NFL. They are also 12-2 and one victory away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. But they have fallen from the league lead in scoring because in 10 of their past 12 quarters, they’ve struggled to sustain drives and score, and have been beset by a relative rash of turnovers and penalties.The Saints scored just 10 points in a loss at Dallas in Week 13, had only three points at halftime of a 28-14 win at Tampa Bay the following week, and are coming off a 12-9 victory at Carolina on Monday night.Brees said the Saints’ 64-yard, fourth-quarter drive at Carolina that consumed 7:07 illustrated why his confidence in New Orleans’ offense hasn’t wavered, even though the possession ended with no points when Tommylee Lewis fumbled through the end zone for a touchback.“We convert a couple third downs, a fourth down,” Brees said. “We got the ball with 8:51 left, right? And really had a chance to run the clock out if we get that last first down.“It’s those types of drives that I’m talking about that can really help the team when we need it.”Meanwhile, two veteran offensive starters are close to returning from injury.Receiver Ted Ginn, who went on injured reserve following arthroscopic knee surgery in Week 6, returned to practice on Wednesday and said he could be ready to play as soon as Sunday, when New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh. Left tackle Terron Armstead said he is close to returning from a torn pectoral muscle, but stopped short of predicting whether he’d play this weekend.Saints coach Sean Payton said his offense has been hindered by “things that tangibly we can look at and clean up,” such as New Orleans’ nine penalties for 80 yards at Carolina.“This past week, we shot ourselves in the foot quite a bit,” Payton said. “On the road at Dallas Marcus Davenport Jersey , that’s a good defense and we felt it was going to be a low-scoring game.”Steelers coach Mike Tomlin hardly sounded inclined to acknowledge New Orleans’ recent anemia on offense.“It seems like every week Drew is breaking a new record,” Tomlin said, adding that Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram “are awesome both in the running and passing game.”“They are formidable for all of those reasons and others,” Tomlin said.Saints right guard Larry Warford said he senses that recent slippage on offense stems more from miscues and missed assignments than anything opposing defenses have done.“You kind of lose focus with that stuff sometimes,” Warford said. “But having these last three games, being able to look at it, we know now it’s just like, ‘All right, we’ve got to get our fundamentals back together because we’re slacking on the simple stuff, and it’s the easy stuff that we can control.’“We’re not worried about what people are saying about defenses figuring it out.”A return to the Superdome, where the Saints are 5-1 and averaging 38 points per game, also could help.“You always have that advantage at home — familiar place, familiar crowd. You get better communication, especially throughout the offensive line,” Warford said. “We’re looking forward to getting back to the dome and trying to light it up.”
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