This years NFC matchup did not disappoint in a game that was forced into overtime after the Rams ate into the Saints 13 point lead after a slow start. The Rams put the game away after picking off Drew Brees to start OT which was his only one for the game. They then capped it off with a 57 yard field goal by K Greg Zuerlein to give the Rams a road win en route to a trip to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, GA. HC Sean McVay, 32, is now the youngest head coach in NFL history to earn a Super Bowl berth.
Rams QB Jared Goff was efficient and came through when it mattered most. Going 25/40 for 297 yards with 1 TD/1 INT, and a QB rating of 83. Late in the 4th quarter Goff did just enough to get the Rams into field goal range by going 4 for 8 on the last drive of regulation to tie the game 23-23 with a 48 yard field goal by Zuerlein.
The running game was a different story though as Rams RB Todd Gurley could never get going. Amassing only 10 yards on 4 carries, but did have a 6 yard TD late in the second quarter.
On the other sideline, the Saints had similar struggles with running the ball with just 48 yards rushing collectively. Which forced Drew Brees to put the team on his shoulders for the majority of the game. The Rams defense proved too much for Brees & Co., and it was never more evident than on the 4th play in OT when the Rams pass rush got just enough penetration to force Brees into an interception by SS John Johnson.
Now this young Rams team will face a tough New England Patriots team in Atlanta, GA in the games biggest stage for Super Bowl LIII. This years big dance is sure to be an entertaining one, with a matchup of a young team on the rise vs avteam with 4 Super Bowl appearances in the last 5 years. Not to mention a QB in Tom Brady with 9 total appearances himself, and 5 Super Bowl wins.