Fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were upset with what appeared to be a no-call of offensive pass interference after Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph appeared to push Saints cornerback P.J. Williams ahead of Minnesota’s game-winning score, a four-yard touchdown reception from Kirk Cousins.
The frustration was amplified as it appeared that the play was not reviewed.
“We're clearly not going to get a second ruling,” Saints defensive end Cam Jordan said. “The guys (referees) ran off so basically they said it was a touchdown and didn't even review it. Aren't t all touchdowns reviewed, especially in overtime? That's something that's I'm sure the league will come out with something in the postgame. Or maybe they won't."
The NFL’s senior Vice President of Officiating, Al Riveron, said the pivotal play in Sunday’s 26-20 Saints’ loss to the Vikings in the NFC Wild Card matchup was reviewed and that the contact between Rudolph and Williams “did not rise to the level of a foul.”
“This is consistent with what we’ve done all year lone, we left the ruling on the field,” Riveron said. “We let it stand.”
He said after the game that officials looked at all the “angles that FOX afforded us” and felt they made the correct decision.
“They gave us every angle that they had pertaining to the play. So, we’re very comfortable with what we saw,” Riveron said. “Nothing came through afterward that we had not seen prior to making the ruling.”