With Saints fans still licking their wounds after the baffling, game-changing no call on a blatant Rams pass interference late in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, the city’s most loved chicken chain has come through with its support.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, born in Louisiana, posted a blurry image of its chicken to Twitter last night, with the simple message #refereechicken, in reference to the missed PI call by refs for an early hit on a Saints receiver in the red zone.
Had the call been made, the Saints could have run down the clock and taken a last-second field goal attempt, but instead had to kick it and give the ball back to the Rams with enough time for them to tie it up and win in overtime.
Other New Orleans eateries have commented on the game via its products as well. Yesterday Bywater Bakery customized black and gold king cakes with “We was robbed!” written in gold-colored frosting, and Haydel’s Bakery is offering “No Ref” cookies featuring referee Bill Vinovich’s face inside a red circle, with a line through it.
The first Popeyes opened in Louisiana in 1972 by founder Al Copeland Sr., and expanded nationally (and eventually globally) after building a loyal following in the New Orleans area.
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