Louisiana optometrists offer free eye exams to NFL refs after Saints loss

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis works for a coach against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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A Louisiana optometry practice offered free eye exams for NFL referees after Sunday night's game between the Saints and Rams.

After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday — an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation.

After the controversial loss, an eye care business in Covington, La. posted on their Facebook page offering free eye exams to all NFL referees.

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A Texas vision center also offered up a deal on Twitter, "We would like to extend free eye exams and glasses to any NFL referee in need. You know who you are."


Sunday's game will long be remembered for the call that wasn't on Drew Brees' pass to Tommylee Lewis inside the 5-yard line.

Beaten badly on the play, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman leveled Lewis long before the ball arrived — with a helmet-to-helmet hit, no less. Everyone at the Superdome knew it was a penalty. Everyone, that is, except two officials who were staring right at it.

Their flags stayed tucked in their pockets, forcing the Saints to settle for Wil Lutz's 31-yard field goal that made it 23-20 with 1:41 left in regulation.

"Came to the sideline, looked at the football gods and was like, 'Thank you,'" Robey-Coleman said. "I got away with one tonight."