Human efficiency can only be improved to a certain limit, after all, we are not machines capable of achieving perfection. An error would have cost Saints a victory on Monday night, had it not been for the team to manage a win anyway.
The match took place at the Mercedes Benz Superdome between the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints. The match went smoothly other than the first half error caused due to the officials of the game.
The first half was almost over when Michael Thomas brought in a 17-yard pass. The drive made the referee review the spot of the ball. This called for the clock to be halted at around 26 seconds.
Till this moment, the Texans were dominating the match and had a score of 14 – 3 against the Saints. The refereeing error made the Saints lose an opportunity to garner more points for their team before the first half ended.
The clock was resumed at 26 seconds but this was a mistake. The clock should have been stopped at 41 seconds as that was the time when Thomas was ruled down and the referee had stopped the play at 26 seconds.
Saints had used the 26 seconds which had a 10-second runoff to create a chance for a 56-yard field goal, which they had eventually missed.
Trailing behind in the first half now, Saints fans and the team themselves were angered by the decision taken by the referee. If the decision were taken correctly, the Saints would have 15 more seconds, which could have gotten them far more points.
Fans expressed their anger on social media, stating that the officials could have taken a much better decision if they were more focused.
People called out the referees for their mistake and said that their small mistake could cause their team to lose the match.
Eventually, Saints picked up their game after the first half and played brilliantly to eventually secure a win against the Texans, calming their fans.
If they had failed to win, the fans would have held their anger for a long period of time.