For Saints players still dealing with the defeat on Monday, any admission comes too little too late.
"It's devastating to us. You can admit, apologize, but we're on our way home," offensive tackle Terron Armstead said. "We get that call, I feel like we've got a pretty good chance to be playing in two weeks against the Patriots. It's too late. It doesn't mean nothing to us to admit it or don't admit it. It's too late."
If the penalty had been called, the Saints would have had the ball with a first down and 1:45 left on the clock. Given the Rams had just one timeout remaining, New Orleans theoretically could have run the clock under 20 seconds before kicking the go-ahead field goal. Instead, L.A. got the ball back with 1:41 left and proceeded to drive for the field goal that forced overtime.
Speculation has arisen that the NFL competition committee, which Saints coach Sean Payton is on, could use the controversy as a springboard to expand replay rules this offseason. However, rule changes might not go far enough for some spectators, coaches and players.