Losing when you are so close is one thing. But losing, in part, because the officials failed to call pass interference on a play that the league admitted afterwards should have drawn a penalty flag, well, that was just too much to handle. The Rams went on to beat the Saints 26-23 in overtime. It will likely go down as one of the worst no-calls in NFL history.
“When I walked out of the game, it was like a funeral procession,” Bowers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I knew what everyone around me was feeling - young, old, black, white. It was this feeling of deep sadness and despair. And then I woke up the next morning and I was angry. I thought this is not right.”
A digital billboard seen Tuesday on I-85 South at Peachtree Road in Atlanta reads “Saints Got Robbed” in reaction to the non-call on a pass interferance play by the Rams against the Saints in the NFC Championship Game. Curtis Comptonemail@example.com
The Saints and Atlanta Falcons represent one of the bigger rivalries in professional sports but Bowers, 44, said that has nothing to do with his billboard campaign.
“It’s only because the Super Bowl is there,” he said. “I want an investigation. I have never questioned the integrity of the game before this, but I do now.”
Kilshaw, of Lamar Advertising, said the billboards will remain through the Super Bowl.
Bowers, who often books billboards for his car dealerships, said he called his Lamar Advertising contacts on Monday morning around 8:45 a.m. He would not disclose the investment but said it was tens of thousands of dollars, adding “it was worth every nickel.”