NFC Championship Game Recap
Via CBS.com The Los Angeles Rams completed a comeback to defeat the New Orleans Saints 26-23 on Sunday, earning themselves a trip to Super Bowl LIII. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was clutch when it mattered most. He nailed a 48-yard field goal that sent the game into overtime, and a 57-yarder to win the game.
It was a slow start for quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams offense. The Saints turned an early interception into points and went into halftime up 13-10. The loudness of the crowd at the Superdome made it difficult for Goff to communicate with his teammates.
“That place was loud. They were very loud,” Goff said in a post game interview with Fox Sports.
The Saints defense bottled up the Rams offense for most of the first and second quarter, until Goff marched his team up the field before the half. He completed a deep 37-yard pass to Brandin Cooks, a former Saints player, to set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Todd Gurley. The play was a much needed momentum shift for the Rams.
Goff played outstanding in the second half, and ended the game with 297 yards through the air with 1 touchdown.
The Rams got some help from officials late in the fourth quarter when they missed a pass interference call with 1:47 left in regulation. Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman leveled Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis while the ball was up for grabs. The Saints were forced to kick a field goal with enough time for the Rams to drive down the field for the game-tying kick. The play call stunned fans and the Saints offense never recovered. Brees threw a rare interception to Rams safety John Johnson in overtime.
The Rams face the winner of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs game in this year’s Super Bowl on February 3.