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Forget the Merriam-Webster definition of irony Tytus Howard Jersey , just look at what transpired in the NFC Championship Sunday. from a New Orleans Saints fanbase that was frequently causing communication problems for the Los Angeles Rams, the most memorable noise will be the lack of a whistle.On third down with under two minutes remaining in regulation of a tie game, Saints quarterback Drew Brees floated a ball downfield toward his receiver, Tommylee Lewis. While Lewis was attempting to make a play on the ball, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman decided to instead make a play solely on the receiver, upending Lewis well-before the ball arrived. To all 74,000 in attendance at the Superdome, the millions streaming on their devices and even the head of officiating at the League offices on Park Ave, it was a blatant pass interference. The only two people who didn’t see it that way? The two officials standing within 15 yards of the play.Robey-Coleman was not flagged for the hit– one which Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron admitted should have not only been a PI, but also a hit to the head.The Saints were forced to attempt a field goal and the rest is history, as the Rams ended up clinching their first Super Bowl appearance since 2001.Had either of those penalties been called Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey , the Saints would have received a new set of downs inside the red zone with the Rams only having one timeout remaining. At the very least, if New Orleans didn’t score a touchdown, they would have been able to run the clock down to almost 0 before attempting a field goal. The Saints, likely, would have been heading to Super Bowl LIII.So, if even the head of officiating is saying the NFL made a mistake, what next?“That became the worst blown call in NFL history,” Skip Bayless said on <em>Undisputed</em>. “There’s no grey area. There’s no debate here… I can’t remember anything worse in sports history than this.”Even Robey-Coleman admitted it was a penalty.“Ah, hell yeah, that was PI,” Robey-Coleman said in L.A.’s victorious locker room. “I did my part… referee made the call. We respect it.”Cris Carter followed in Bayless’ argument:“The pass interference on that Ugo Amadi Jersey , when the wide receiver can not make a play on the football, you have to be able to call that,” Carter said on <em>First Things First</em>. “I couldn’t imagine how hard that call was [for Sean Payton] to the League office… that’s a tough call to receive on the other end.”Could this spark a change in replay that allows refs to throw flags after a review? Possibly. Could it bring about a new loophole that allows the folks in New York to tell officials on the field to throw a flag on egregious miss-calls? Perhaps. Will it give the Saints a chance to replay the game starting with a first down bordering the goal line with a chance to play in the Super Bowl? Nope.Now that, with all do respect Merriam, is irony. The head start that the Packers secured by firing coach Mike McCarthy with four weeks left in the regular season allowed Green Bay to court, and to interview, candidates not currently tied to other NFL teams. That has resulted in reported interviews with candidates like former Colts/Lions coach Jim Caldwell and former Colts coach Chuck Pagano.But what about college candidates? The name most prominently connected to the Packers’ vacancy is Pat Fitzgerald, and for good reason. Employed as the head coach at Northwestern since 2006, Fitzgerald secured the job on the watch of former Northwestern A.D. Mark Murphy. And, yes, that’s the same Mark Murphy who as of 2007 became the CEO of the Green Bay Packers.The 44-year-old Fitzgerald Devin White Jersey , who became Murphy’s legacy-making hire at Northwestern, could become Murphy’s legacy-making hire in Green Bay, a coach who could remain in place for a decade or longer, assuming he has the chops to thrive at the next level.Fitzgerald has generated a record of 95-70 at Northwestern, and he has taken the Wildcats to nine bowl games. This year, Northwestern will play on Monday in the Holiday Bowl. After that, it could be that the next move for Fitzgerald will be a move to the NFL, and a partnership with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.Even if Rodgers wants Joe Philbin instead.The Packers likely will cast a wide net of interviews, looking for the best candidate for the job. But it surely will help Fitzgerald that he once was the best candidate for a head-coaching job that Murphy was filling in one of his final acts before taking the job he now has.