The 10 biggest what-ifs in New Orleans Saints history

• Nick Saban might not have gone to Alabama if he had Drew Brees

• Sean Payton was nearly replaced by a legend

• What if Marcus Williams stopped the Minneapolis Miracle?

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3. What if the refs called pass interference on Nickell Robey-Coleman

While the Saints only had one Super Bowl win under Sean Payton and Drew Brees, they came close several other times. One was at the end of the 2018 season when it appeared they had Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams beaten in the NFC Championship Game.

With the score tied at 20, the Saints were on the L.A. 13-yard line and Brees threw the ball to wideout Tommylee Lewis who had Nickel Robey-Coleman beat. In a desperate attempt to stop Lewis, Robey-Coleman hit the receiver but no flag was thrown.

It was one of the more blatant penalties ever and even Robey-Coleman even admitted it was interference when he finally saw the play.

"Oh, hell yeah, That was PI [pass interference]."

Robey-Coleman via Adam Kilgore

Still, the refs held onto their flags and New Orleans kicked a field goal to go up 23-20. But with roughly two minutes to play and a fresh set of downs, they likely could have gone up 27-20 and milked the clock down to a point where the Rams couldn't come back.

Thanks to the refs screwing up the game, Greg Zuerlein hit a 48-yarder to tie it up in regulation then a 57-yarder in overtime to seal the win. The Rams went to the Super Bowl and lost to the Patriots in one of the least entertaining title games of all time.

Perhaps if the Saints made it, the game would have actually had some offensive firepower. And New Orleans might have had a second Lombardi trophy.