The Athletic's Larry Holder, the pool reporter for New Orleans Saints games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, interviewed Al Riveron, the NFL's senior vice president of officiating, about the no-call on the final play of the Minnesota Vikings' 26-20, overtime win over the Saintson Sunday, Jan. 5. Kirk Cousins connected with tight end Kyle Rudolph on a 4-yard touchdown pass and it appeared Rudolph extended his arm to gain separation from Saints cornerback P.J. Williams.
Holder: "What did you see on the final play to uphold the call on the field?"
Riveron: "We looked at all of the angles that Fox afforded us, and Fox gave us some great views. There is contact by both players, but none of that contact rises to the level of a foul. This is consistent with what we have done all year long, we left the ruling on the field. We let it stand."
Holder: "It seemed like you guys did this process pretty quickly. It was obviously clear enough in that short of a span that you felt comfortable with what was called?"
Riveron: "Yes, Fox was great. They gave us every angle that they had pertaining to that play. So we're very comfortable with what we saw. Nothing came through afterward that we had not seen prior to making the ruling."
A couple of retired NFL officials who now work in the media took to social media to share their opinion on the play, that it was offensive pass interference.