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The Rams Are NFC Champs, Punch Ticket to Super Bowl 53

WHAT. A. GAME.

The Rams Are NFC Champs, Punch Ticket to Super Bowl 53


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When the #1 and #2 seeded teams are facing off in the NFC Championship, you know it’s going to be a good game. That’s exactly what the high-octance matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints brought to the Superdome.

Drew Brees and the Saints came into the game looking for a win, one that would send New Orleans to their second Super Bowl appearance. The Rams arrived in New Orleans looking for their first appearance since packing up the moving trucks and heading back to Los Angeles.

Missing from the NFC Championship game was Todd Gurley who had 10 yards on 4 carries. Instead it was C.J. Anderson who held down the Rams ground attack with 47 yards on 10 carries. Through the air, Jared Goff was held to under 300 yards in regulation for the fourth week in a row, with major yardage going to Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds.

For the Saints, it was a similar story with most of their yards coming through the air.

After trading scores throughout the game, the Saints had the ball late with the score tied 20-20. Drew Brees stepped up and made some magic happen to get the Saints within

A missed pass interference call late in the fourth quarter led to the a Saints field goal to take a 23-20 lead. The dropped call would have given New Orleans the chance to drain the clock to 4 seconds left and then kick a field goal, essentially icing their victory.

Jared Goff then got a chance to do his best Tom Brady impression. After a few solid passes to Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds, Greg Zuerlein was set up for the biggest kick of his life, a 48-yard field goal. After going 5-for-7 in that range during the season, Zuerlein put his kick through the uprights.

The Saints got the ball to start overtime, but Drew Brees tossed an interception after his protection broke down. John Johnson’s pick gave the Rams their best starting field position of the game.

A failed possession after the Brees pick, put the game back on the foot of Zuerlein, staring down the barrel of a 57-yard field goal.

And he nails it.

Sometimes football takes you breath away, huh?

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