WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Referees who officiated the New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams NFC Championship game are facing criticism for a blown pass interference call that gift wrapped a Rams victory and a trip to the Super Bowl.
But despite the blame, a Louisiana eye care business is willing to lend a helping hand to the referees by offering them a gift of free eye exams. Louisiana Family Eyecare is offering free eye exams to NFL refs before the start of the 2019-20 season.
"After having time to consider things we will GLADLY provide no cost eye exams to all NFL officials prior to next season to prevent the atrocity that occurred tonight. We would hate for someone else to feel our pain," according to Louisiana Family Eyecare's Facebook page.
The thrilling 26-23 overtime game took a backseat to an obvious gaffe by the referees who failed to penalize Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman who blatantly interfered and made helmet-to-helmet contact with Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis with a 1:45 in the fourth quarter.
Had the call been properly made, the Saints would have received a new set of downs, ran three plays, and kicked a game-winning field goal that would have punched their ticket to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII.
Instead it will be the Rams advancing to the championship game for a date with the New England Patriots on Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Following the controversial loss, Twitter erupted with reaction to the title game.