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Lawsuit Hoping for a Do-Over of the NFC Title Game Between the Saints and Rams Rejected

While it was the longest of longshots, the Saints and their fans were still holding out some hope that somehow, someway, the league would figure out a way to do a full or partial do-over of the NFC Title Game that was blown by the officials, resulting in a Rams 26-23 overtime win, ending the Saints season.

If you would have checked before the game against the Rams, the Saints were a healthy three-point favorite, and they likely would have won the game by three or seven if the officials would not have blown the famous third down pass interference call that forced New Orleans to kick a field goal which made it 23-20 at the time before the Rams scored the final six points of the game.

Two New Orleans Saints ticketholders attempted to force the league to have some sort of full or partial do-over after the blown call, but on Thursday a federal judge rejected the lawsuit, ending any last chance that the Saints as a team would have possibly had to somehow have a replay of the game.

There is still, as of Thursday, a class-action lawsuit on behalf of ticketholders, still pending in state court, but like the other lawsuit, that it also expected to be eventually thrown out.

The first lawsuit dismissed was filed by season ticketholders Tommy Badeaux and Candis Lambert. It was filed two days after the game, and the claim was that the NFL should be forced to implement a rule allowing Commissioner Roger Goodell to look into the “extraordinarily unfair acts” that affect the game.

Remedies under that rule include rescheduling the game in full, or from the point at which the unfair act occurred, but that’s now not going to happen.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan rejected arguments that Badeaux and Lambert were entitled to an order, known as a “writ of mandamus,” forcing the NFL or Goodell to take action.

“None of the actions Plaintiffs might seek to compel Commissioner Goodell to do are the kinds of actions a writ of mandamus may address,” Morgan said in a 17-page ruling in which she was very specific about the extraordinary circumstances in which Louisiana law allows a writ of mandamus to be issued.

Everyone from the fans all the way to the Governor of Louisiana had their say in the matter, but once Super Bowl LIII kicks off Sunday in Atlanta, nothing else in the case will really matter.

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