"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Vincent from Seattle, WA
What did your eyes tell you while watching both championship games?
They were sensationally entertaining games, but two officiating moments (a pass interference that wasn't called and a roughing-the-passer call that shouldn't have been called) left a bad taste at the end of the day. When the Saints were allowed to beat the Steelers a few weeks ago on two ridiculous pass interference calls against Joe Haden, I remember thinking to myself if I was the Saints I'd be worried the calls were going to even out in the playoffs. They did. The Rams are the better team and deserved to win, but my inbox is in an uproar about the apparent pass interference that wasn't called. The Chiefs lost because they're soft on defense, and that was a season-long problem Andy Reid never fixed. The Patriots are an ordinary team that was No. 29 on defense this season, but they have Tom Brady and that's why they're going to the Super Bowl.
Olle from Källunga, Sweden
Is Chatty on steroids?
I think I saw a deep safety on one of Chatty's cover zero plays.
Karl from Albuquerque, NM
Commissioner Vic, what, if anything, would you do about the refs/rules for next year?
Review everything. Nothing less is going to satisfy the fans. Also, make Gene Steratore the czar of officiating. He should make all review decisions. Steratore was the best referee in the game, and now he's the best TV referee in the game.
Dan from Toledo, OH
I guess we can probably back off on the “Patriots only win because of homefield advantage” theory now.
The Patriots win because they have Tom Brady.
Paul from Cumming, GA
Is it safe to say the NFL got everything it could want out of Championship Sunday?
My inbox exploded over night. A nation lost sleep due to football injustice. The NFL is smiling.
Connor from Greenville, SC
The dream of a world where Dee Ford lined up six inches back and Tommy Boy had three picks in a crushing loss will get me through tonight.
That was a great offsides call.
Jim from Maple Grove, MN
Vic, there's a lot that can be asked about specific plays and decisions and what not, but what I'm really asking is why the Chiefs didn't win.
I'm not an Andy Reid fan. His teams have always been soft. The longer the game went on, the softer the Chiefs got on defense. It played out just as it did in the Chiefs' playoff losses in recent years. Reid's teams just don't get it done. In Super Bowl XXXIX, the Eagles went soft on defense in the second half and the Patriots ran the ball down the Eagles' throat. Sound familiar?
Milan from New York
Vic, I trust you will not use the term GOAT with reference to Aaron Rodgers in the future. Wow! Brady.
Brady is the greatest. Anybody who disagrees isn't being honest.
Isaac from Nashville, TN
Vic, the drama in both games hinged repeatedly on penalties and replay reviews, and it often seemed as though controversies were supposed to be as exciting as good football. Something is very wrong.
We did this to ourselves by refusing to accept human error. We created a mania for that which can't be achieved, perfection.
Al from Pasadena, CA
During the Saints/Rams game the announcers said Payton and some fans had whistles. Why in the world would that be allowed? I'm really glad the Saints lost because of the huge noise disadvantage the visiting team has to overcome.
It bothers me, too. There's nothing that can be done about fan noise in dome stadiums, but the NFL can and should forbid music between plays, cheerleading PA announcers and message boards that encourage and direct fans to increase the noise level.
Tyler from Augusta, GA
It sure wasn't Belichick. His defense was awful, especially at crunch time, and his go-for-it decision on fourth down nearly lost the game.
Brad from Wilmington, DE
Hate on him all you like, but Belichick is the best in the business.
He's a great coach, but he was 5-13 and on his way to being fired when he made Tom Brady his starting quarterback.
Curt from York, PA
Vic, the Rams offense and defense got it done in overtime and the Saints did not. So it can't be said the big pass interference non-call gave the game to the Rams, but it sure can be said it took it away from the Saints. Is the wrong NFC team going to the big game?
I think the right team from the NFC is going to the Super Bowl, but I think Sean McVay got away with making the wrong decision on fourth down. I think he should've gone for the touchdown.
Steve from Hudson, WI
I found the Saints-Rams game to be disappointing, largely due to the obvious missed call. Did you find these last two games helped to save a disappointing season?
Yesterday's games helped define the 2018 football season as the year of frustration. Every team was the victim of bad calls. That perception is what's leaving a bad taste in my mouth. The whining and the crying is becoming difficult to endure. I liked football more when it was a noble game.