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Lawsuit cites NFL rulebook to argue for a redo of Saints-Rams game

A hearing is scheduled Monday.
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Posted at 2:05 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 16:05:42-05

NEW ORLEANS — In the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders have asked a judge to reverse the result of the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl -- or order a do-over.

Tuesday's state court filing says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should implement a league rule governing "extraordinarily unfair acts." Remedies include reversal of a game's result or the rescheduling of a game -- in its entirety or from the point when the act occurred. At issue is the failure of officials to call interference or roughness penalties when a Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in Sunday's game.

The NFL hasn't yet responded. A hearing is scheduled Monday.

"So what can the NFL do about the outcome of the Rams-Saints game? Probably nothing. Bad calls happen. Sometimes, bad calls have bigger consequences than others," New Orleans-based attorney Frank J. D'Amico Jr. said in a statement Tuesday.

The rule in question is NFL Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 that states the NFL commissioner "could, in the right circumstances, allow the commissioner to take extreme action in the face of a grossly unfair result."