ATLANTA (NEXSTAR) — The Super Bowl is this weekend in Atlanta and on Wednesday NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual “state of the game” press conference, and publicly addressed the no-call of pass interference on the Rams nearly two weeks ago that most likely kept the Saints out of Super Bowl LIII.
The NFL did admit after the game the officials missed the call, but not a single word on this issue publicly from Commissioner Roger Goodell until Wednesday.
“Whenever officiating is part of any kind of discussion post-game, it’s never a good outcome for us,” Goodell said. “We know that our clubs know that our officials know that, but we also know our officials are human. We also know they are officiating a game that moves very quickly, and have to make snap decisions under difficult circumstances.”
Goodell says he’s open to adding replay that would include situations like the one that took place in the NFC Championship game.
“Technology is not going to solve all those issues. The game is not officiated by robots, it’s not going to be. But we have to continue to go down that path,” he said.
Despite this controversy, Goodell believes the league is still in its prime.
“This season has demonstrated that there’s never been a better time to be a part of the NFL. As a fan, as a player, as a team, our game is getting better and better and our engagement and popularity is unmatched,” said Goodell.