Give Todd Gurley credit for having a great sense of humor.
Gurley is the former UGA running back who now stars for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. After the Rams beat the New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, Gurley posted a fake picture on his Instagram account of him exchanging his jersey with a referee after the game.
It got nearly a half-million “likes” really quickly.
If you didn’t catch the game, the Rams benefitted from the one of the worst officiating non-calls in NFL playoff history that helped them win. Late in the fourth quarter at the LA 13-yard line, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a third-down pass intended for receiver Tommylee Lewis, who was crushed by Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman before the ball even got there.
It was a clear pass-interference penalty, but it was not flagged. Even Robey-Coleman admitted after the game that “hell yes” it should’ve been called. Instead of being awarded a first down and having the opportunity to milk the clock to victory, the Saints kicked a field goal, which was matched by the Rams by the end of regulation to tie the game. Los Angles won in overtime on a 57-yard field goal.
Gurley wasn’t involved in the controversial play. In fact, Gurley wasn’t involved much at all in the NFC Championship. He stood on the sidelines for most of the game, finishing with 13 total yards on five total touches – which were both career lows. Gurley sat out the last two games of the regular season with inflammation to his left knee, but claimed that had nothing to do with Sunday’s limited action (a team-low 32 snaps).
“Yeah, I was sorry,” Gurley told reporters.
Nevertheless, Gurley had a great sense of humor and he’s headed to the Super Bowl in Atlanta. He’ll have two weeks to rest before the big game.