Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman admits he committed a penalty.
With the score tied at 20 late in the fourth quarter and the ball in the red zone, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw the ball down the sideline to Tommylee Lewis. The wide receiver, however, was knocked down by Robey-Coleman and failed to catch the pass.
Robey-Coleman appeared to make contact with Lewis before the ball arrive, but the referees did not throw a flag. The Saints ended up kicking a field goal and the Rams answered with one of their own to force overtime. Los Angeles went on to win 26-23.
No flag on this play… pic.twitter.com/q5yDHqm0yQ
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 20, 2019
Robey-Coleman discussed the controversial play with reporters after the game.
“Yes, I got there too early,” he said, via Sports Illustrated. “I was beat, and I was trying to save the touchdown.”
Robey Coleman: “Yes, I got there too early. I was beat, and I was trying to save the touchdown.
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) January 20, 2019
Robey-Coleman told reporters he expected to see a flag. He also said the referees were letting “more and more go as the game progressed.”
Nickell Robey- Coleman said he expected to see a flag. He also said the officials let more and more go as the game progressed. “I was gettin’ dirty,” he said, but added that so were the Saints
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 21, 2019
The Rams will face the winner of the AFC championship game matchup between the Chiefs and Patriots in the Super Bowl.