The New Orleans Saints tried a trick play on a punt, but were unable to complete a pass for the conversion. Sean Payton and Saints fans went crazy because 49ers safety Tarvarius Moore had a firm grasp of jersey on Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith. However, NFL rules allow pass interference in that kind of situation.
On a punt play, gunners are allowed to grab hold of defenders going down the field, even when it turns into a fake play. The defender normally cannot hold the potential pass catcher before the pass as that would be a traditional holding call, but this is a situation where the defender can maul the receiver as much as he wants.
Safe to say, the explanation won’t matter to Saints fans.
Fake punt/pass by Taysom Hill. Great throw to Tre’Quan Smith... but the 49ers DB is allowed to bear-hug him so he can’t get back to ball.— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) December 8, 2019
Sean Payton yells: “That was holding!”
The NFL rules are a complete mess. And it just never seems to not make sense in the #Saints’ benefit pic.twitter.com/6OCWt5Mvnu