'No Words Can Console': Saints Tight End Watson Ends Career With Heartbreaking Loss
Rams beat Saints after pass interference not called.
New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson said "no words can console" after a controversial no-call during Sunday's playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams may have cost the Saints a Super Bowl appearance.
The controversial play came in the fourth quarter with the teams tied at 20 and less than 2 minutes remaining. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman clashed with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before a pass from Drew Brees arrived inside the 5-yard line, forcing the Saints to settle for Wil Lutz’s 31-yard field goal and a 3-point lead.
A pass interference would have given the Saints a first down and enabled them to run the clock down before potentially kicking a game-winning field goal. The Rams went on to defeat the Saints in overtime.
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Watson, who didn't play in Sunday's game due to injury and is retiring after 15 years in the NFL, joined Laura Ingraham for an "Ingraham Angle" exclusive interview Tuesday.
"This is an imperfect game played by imperfect people and, obviously, refereed by imperfect humans," Watson said. "I have no words. There's no words that can console myself or my family or Who Dat Nation or football fans in general."
He said the goal of the league is to put forward a product with integrity, but these things can happen and "there's no remedy."
Watson said he didn't want to take anything away from the Super Bowl-bound Rams because it was a close, hard-fought game.
"But when you have a non-call at that point in a game where things are in the clutch, where it's time to be decided, it just doesn't sit well. And that's not how either team wants to win or lose," he said.
He added that the NFL Competition Committee needs to have a "huge discussion" after the Super Bowl about how to prevent this type of incident from happening, including possibly replay for pass interference calls or non-calls.
"There needs to be something done," he said. "That doesn't console us, doesn't make us feel better. But we understand that life goes on and many times life isn't fair."
Watch the interview above.