Andrew Whitworth has heard enough about the Saints.
While speaking on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday, the veteran Rams tackle addressed the missed pass interference call on teammate Nickell Robey-Coleman in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s NFC championship game that ultimately helped Los Angeles punch its ticket to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53.
Although the blatant non-call has left the Saints and their fans in a fury, Whitworth felt the need to point out that it wasn’t the only call overlooked in the game.
“You see the arguments from some of the Saints’ players about the rule about the commissioner restarting the game over or from that point or whatever,” Whitworth said. “My argument to that would be, Rich, is then Jared Goff got a facemask on the second down on the possession before that was not called. That’d be first-and-goal at the 1 down three points. If you look at our odds from the 1 this season, that’s seven points. So, they’d be down four, and a field goal wouldn’t matter. They would have had to score in that situation either way.
“So, the reality is, where is the last foul that you want to argue? Whether it’s blatant or not is not a matter. It’s whether it’s a foul.
“So, it’s just one of those things that’s a slippery slope, and it’s an excuse. [However] you cut it. And the reality is they got football after that snap. They played in overtime with the football. New England had the same situation and won the game. They didn’t score; we did.
“We can argue about it all day, but they had an opportunity to win the game and we won it.”
Whitworth is no stranger to heartbreak despite his newfound success with the Rams, as he previously found himself on a Bengals squad that saw its playoff hopes halted by the Steelers after former assistant coach Joey Porter coaxed a personal foul penalty.
“I’ve experienced it, man, and I know it’s tough,” Whitworth added. “But the reality is, football was played after that snap, and you know what, whatever team tries to win the game from there and wins it won the football game.”
The Rams will take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.