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Roger Goodell responds to Louisiana governor´s letter about NFC title game

12 February 2019 00:32

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has answered Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' letter that was sent after the Saints' NFC championship loss to the Rams.

The letter penned to Goodell expressed disappointment with the outcome of the game, including the no-call that could have resulted in the Saints winning the game.

"I fully understand your personal disappointment, and the disappointment and frustration of Saints fans throughout the country," Goodell wrote. "As you know, immediately following the game, our head of officiating told Coach Payton that a penalty should have been called on the play in question. I have expressed the same view to both (Saints owner) Mrs. Benson and Coach Payton, as well as during my press conference on Jan. 30."

Goodell added that league rules prevented him from overturning the result of the game, and that he believed it would have been wrong for him to do so.

Edwards released Goodell's letter Monday, along with a statement:

"Though it is cold comfort to New Orleans Saints fans, I applaud the commissioner's willingness to review the officiating error closely to determine if similar errors can be prevented in the future through rule or procedure changes. I appreciate his response to my letter.

"New Orleans is a place unlike any other, as evidenced by the Saints fans who celebrated their team and their city in lieu of watching the Super Bowl and raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity in the process. It's the Louisiana way to be hospitable to guests, as I know we will be when the Super Bowl next returns to New Orleans in 2024."

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