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Late No-Call in Broncos Loss has Payton Calling the League

For the second week in a row, the Broncos got away with one, and this time, it bite the Saints big time.  Don’t think it won’t go unnoticed, as Saints coach Sean Payton is filing a complaint to the league about a critical no-call late in Sunday’s loss to Denver. Payton says (and is right) that Broncos linebacker Jamie Winborn was lined up offside on a third-and-short play that preceded the missed field goal by Saints kicker Martin Gramatica late in the game.

Ref Ron Winter totally missed the call, and if he would have called Winborn offside like he should have, the Saints would have had a first down inside the Broncos 20.  Last week the Broncos got a win due to a no-call on what was a Jay Cutler fumble, and this week it seems like once again those wearing the stripes were on the side of those in the Mile High City.

Above is a Screen Shot of the offside that wasn’t called

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2 Responses to “Late No-Call in Broncos Loss has Payton Calling the League”

  1. ed says:

    I Dont understand why fans of teams who loose over a missed call cry so much. it wasnt the LAST play of the game and they MISSED a 43 yd FG that 99% of kickers in the NFL can make.”well if they would have..IF they called the..” Shoulda coulda woulda. Dallas was being held all night by the Eagles and the Chargers had more to be pissed off about in their game. But getting your panties in a bunch over one call that DIDNT..DIDNT decide the game is typical from a Saints fan. the S”aints” are average at best 9-7..

  2. David says:


    Sure, Gramatica could have made that field goal and this discussion would never have happened. But why can’t their fans complain when a first and ten in their opponents red-zone is stripped away from them in favor of a 80% kick. Hell, even if Gramatica makes it, the call still costs the Saints a chance to score 7, as well as gives the Broncos ample time to score, since a new set of downs wasn’t properly granted. This wasn’t as tragic as erasing a win, like Hochuli did to the Chargers, but it certainly is complaint worthy.

    The Broncos have rightfully won just one game this season, while having rightfully lost two. This game against the Saints is questionable, but I’m inclined to believe that the Saints win this game with the correct call.

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