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Enemy Reaction: 2019 NFL Conference Championship officiating recap

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NFL: NFC Championship Game-Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

That wasn’t really the ideal set of winners from this past weekend’s AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, was it? The two outcomes almost made me give Enemy Reaction a skip this weekend, but I said I was going to do one for each playoff round after the Seattle Seahawks were eliminated, and occasionally I’m a man of my word.

We’re going to do things a bit differently this time around. As awesome as both games were (and as undesirable as both results turned out to be), I’m truncating this to focus primarily on the referees and the controversial calls and non-calls (and one correct call!) made in the fourth quarters of Rams-Saints and Patriots-Chiefs. And of course we’ll cap it off with reaction to the winning points, and bonus reactions from divisional rivals for the winning and losing sides.

Let’s go!


Los Angeles Rams 26 New Orleans Saints 23 (Overtime)

Nope, this is totally not pass interference (20-17 NO)

Ted Ginn puts the Saints in tremendous position to win the game with 43-yard catch (20-20)

Nickell Robey-Coleman with a clean, totally legal hit that definitely isn’t pass interference (20-20)

Bonus Reaction (in order) from....

Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

New England Patriots

Greg Zuerlein sends the Rams to the Super Bowl (26-23 LAR Final)

Bonus Reaction (in order) from....

Panthers

Falcons

Buccaneers

49ers

Seahawks

Patriots

RIP Saints fan’s TV


New England Patriots 37 Kansas City Chiefs 31 (Overtime) - AFC Championship Game

Julian Edelman muffs punt, Chiefs recover (17-14 KC)

...But the call is reversed (17-14 KC)

Ball Don’t Lie! (17-14 KC)

Personal foul, roughing the Brady (21-17 KC)

INTERCEPTION! Chiefs are going to the Super Bo——-DAMMIT, DEE FORD! (28-24 KC)

Patriots win it in overtime on Rex Burkhead touchdown (37-31 NE Final)

Bonus Reactions (in order) from...

Los Angeles Chargers

Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

Buffalo Bills

Chiefs fans react to a heartbreaking loss


And now there’s only one game to go. February 3rd, 2002 started the Patriots dynasty when they beat the high-flying St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl 36. Will the dynasty end on February 3rd, 2019 against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53? Or will they make it six Super Bowls, surpassing the San Francisco 49ers and equaling the Pittsburgh Steelers? Whatever the case, Enemy Reaction will be there, and I hope I’m chronicling the whole game and not some gross incompetence from officials.

Thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks!