Rams Win NFC Title In OT, Beat New Orleans 26-23

SportsBlenderNFL Mon, 21 Jan 2019

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Behind solid defense and exceptional special teams, the Los Angeles Rams overcame a 0-13 deficit to beat the New Orleans Saints on a game-winning 57 yard field goal in overtime, 26-23. The Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

Drew Brees threw for 2 TD, 1 INT, and 249 Yards on 26/40 passing, finding Alvin Kamara the most, hitting Kamera 11 times for 96 yards through the air.

Jared Goff had 1 TD, 1 INT, and 297 yards on 25/40 passing. Goff found Brandin Cooks 7 times for 107 yards, his most used wideout of the day.

Kicker Greg Zuerlein accounted for 14 of the Rams 26 points, including four field goals and two extra points.

The talking point of the game seems to be the no-call that took place in the 4th quarter, forcing the Saints to kick a game tying field goal instead of having 4 more cracks at a game winning touchdown. With under 2 minutes left in the game, LA Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman made obvious contact with Saints wideout Tommylee Lewis while the ball was en route to Lewis. It was a clear defensive pass interference, and borderline “defenseless receiver” worthy hit, but no flag was thrown. The incompletion forced a 4th and 10, giving New Orleans no other option but to kick the game tying field goal.

Nonetheless, the victory gave the Rams its first NFC title since 2001, the year they lost to Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. That was 17 years ago, and much as changed. LA has a legit defense with a top 3 secondary to go with its league-best pass rush. LA was able to keep New Orleans under 300 total yards, and will look to do the same in two weeks time, when they meet Brady and the Pats in Atlanta on February 3rd.

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