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All everyone can talk about after the AFC and NFC Championship games is not who's going to be playing in Super Bowl LIII, but instead, the topic of discussion is the blown call at the end of the Rams-Saints NFC Championship Game. 


Since then, a virtually unknown rule has come up as part of that discussion. NFL Rule 17 Section 2 basically gives commissioner Roger Goodell the power to change the outcome of a game after the fact. 

The rule reads, "The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which the Commissioner deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game."


Would the commissioner actually consider this? Probably not considering the NFL didn't even issue a public apology to the Saints. The Saints aren't interested in an apology, though. They're interested in going to the Super Bowl, which would have almost certainly happened if the correct call was made. 


The rule also reads, "The Commissioner's powers under this Section 2 include . . . the reversal of a game's result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred."


So Goodell could quite literally make them start the game over form the same position as if the penalty was called correctly if he chose to. He could also make them play the entire game over again. Either would be allowed under the rule if the commissioner decided it was an "extraordinarily unfair" outcome for the Saints, which I'm sure most people would qualify that as. 

​​The chances of any of this happening are slim to none, but you then have to wonder why the rule is in the rule book. If this doesn't qualify as proper use of that rule, then I'm not sure if anything in NFL history qualifies. 

​​It's an interesting question that the Saints and fans around the league deserve a legitimate answer to from Roger Goodell himself. 


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