September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints fan Reed Hogan, of Jackson, Miss. holds a large cutout of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during pregame warmups between the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Fans were cheering on the recent overruling of the NFL suspensions doled out by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the Saints. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
Although the decision from last night was that the Seattle Seahawks scored on a Hail Mary pass even though it was clear the Green Bay Packers intercepted it, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does have the authority to overrule it.
According to several reports, Goodell has the right to overrule the outcome according to the Unfair Acts by stating:
"The Commissioner has sole authority to investigate and to take appropriate disciplinary or corrective measures if any club action, nonparticipant interference, or emergency occurs in an NFL game which he deems so unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of a game."
Of course, the emergency part can be reaching a bit but it would be fair to say that the integrity of the game itself would or could be impacted by a decision like the one last night constituting such an emergency.
Also it’s safe to say that just like with his authority over being able to do away with the bounty suspensions for current and former New Orleans Saints players, it’s unlikely he’ll do so since it would look like he has lost faith in something that he has said is credible which is the replacement officials.