On Jan. 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to express his "disappointment" with the blown call in the NFC Championship game that may have prevented the New Orleans Saints from proceeding to the Super Bowl.
More than two weeks later, Goodell replied, saying the letter (which was made public the same day it was written) "apparently arrived at our office after I left for Atlanta."
The Saints didn't make the Super Bowl, but the city won anyway.
Goodell's letter is dated Feb. 6; in Edwards' statement, he says he received it today (Feb. 11).
In the letter, Goodell says, "Our rules do not permit the Commissioner to overturn the result of a game because of an officiating error, and I believe it would be wrong of me to do so. ... While there will always be mistakes in any game played, coached and officiated by humans, we do not want officiating to be the topic of discussion after any game."
“Though it is cold comfort to New Orleans Saints fans," Edwards responded, "I applaud the Commissioner’s willingness to review the officiating error closely to determine if similar errors can be prevented in the future through rule or procedure changes. I appreciate his response to my letter.
New Orleans threw a Super Bowl boycott party. It was a hit.
"New Orleans is a place unlike any other, as evidenced by the Saints fans who celebrated their team and their city in lieu of watching the Super Bowl and raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity in the process. It’s the Louisiana way to be hospitable to guests, as I know we will be when the Super Bowl next returns to New Orleans in 2024.”