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Rams win overtime thriller on Greg Zuerlein 57-yard field goal to reach Super Bowl – Daily News

Rams win overtime thriller on Greg Zuerlein 57-yard field goal to reach Super Bowl – Daily News
  • New Orleans Saints’ Alvin Kamara runs towards Los Angeles Rams defensive finish Aaron Donald (99) through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ Greg Zuerlein kicks a field goal in the course of the first half the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Followers cheer in the course of the first half the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay speaks with Jared Goff in the course of the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff runs through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ Johnny Hekker throws for a primary down through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/John Bazemore)

  • New Orleans Saints followers scream in the course of the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Gerald Herbert)

  • New Orleans Saints’ Garrett Griffin catches a landing move through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ Tyler Higbee tries to get previous New Orleans Saints’ P.J. Williams in the course of the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • Rams quarterback Jared Goff struggles to hear through the first half of the NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

  • New Orleans Saints’ Josh Hill is hit by Los Angeles Rams’ Dante Fowler through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • New Orleans Saints’ Mark Ingram runs through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

  • New Orleans Saints’ Dan Arnold can’t deal with a catch in the long run zone through the first half of an NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees throws through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Followers cheer through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff throws through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • New Orleans Saints’ Michael Thomas tries to get away from Los Angeles Rams’ Aqib Talib through the first half the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • New Orleans Saints’ Dan Arnold bobbles a catch in the long run zone in the course of the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Gerald Herbert)

  • Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a play towards the Los Angeles Rams in the course of the first quarter within the NFC Championship recreation on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photograph by Chris Graythen/Getty Pictures)

  • New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees is sacked by Los Angeles Rams’ Ndamukong Suh through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Los Angeles Rams extensive receiver Brandin Cooks prepares to make a catch forward of New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff throws as he’s taken down through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/John Bazemore)

  • New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees is sacked by Los Angeles Rams’ Ndamukong Suh (93) through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay speaks with C.J. Anderson in the course of the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/John Bazemore)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ Brandin Cooks catches a cross in entrance of New Orleans Saints’ P.J. Williams in the course of the first half the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ Josh Reynolds can’t catch a move through the first half of the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley dives into the top zone for a landing in the course of the first half the NFL soccer NFC championship recreation towards the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

NEW ORLEANS — The Rams and New Orleans Saints delivered on the promise they appeared to make two months in the past: In the event that they ended up enjoying one another within the NFC championship recreation, they wouldn’t disappoint.

This time, the score-every-drive breathtaking type vanished, and acquired changed by defensive drama that proved no much less tense. As soon as once more, the Rams confronted a slender deficit within the fourth quarter, and this time, the sport wanted extra.

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Greg Zuerlein’s 48-yard field goal with 13 seconds left despatched the sport to overtime, after which Rams security John Johnson recorded an interception close to midfield to put the Rams in place to reach the Super Bowl. They did it, as Zuerlein made a 57-yard field goal to give the Rams a 26-23 victory.

The Rams will play both New England or Kansas Metropolis within the Super Bowl in Atlanta in two weeks.

The Rams, who trailed 13-Zero on the finish of the primary quarter, twice had the ball within the fourth quarter with solely a deficit of 20-17. The primary time, they punted after three performs. The second time, the Rams drove 80 yards, to the Saints’ 1-yard line, however determined for a brief field goal somewhat than a game-defining play.

Greg Zuerlein made the 24-yard kick, and the sport was tied 20-20 with 5:03 remaining within the fourth quarter.

That was numerous time for the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees, who didn’t disappoint. Brees accomplished a 43-yard cross to receiver Ted Ginn Jr. to get the ball to the Rams’ 13-yard line with 1:58 remaining.

The Saints confronted a Third-and-10 play on the Rams’ 10 and determined to cross. Brees’ try fell incomplete with no penalty flag, regardless that Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman made contact with meant Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis and appeared to commit move interference. The Saints settled for a field goal and a 23-20 lead with 1:41 remaining, which arrange the final-minute drama.

Rams operating again Todd Gurley, the NFL’s offensive participant of the yr a season in the past, disappeared in surprising trend. Gurley, who rested on the finish of the common season due to a knee damage, had solely 4 carries for 10 yards and had two high-profile dropped passes, certainly one of which led to an interception. He did contribute a first-half landing after the Rams had fallen behind, 13-Zero.

General, the Rams obtained strong defensive play, definitely in contrast to the groups’ first assembly in November, which the Saints gained 45-35. All through the sport, although, the Rams handled poor field place and couldn’t get a lot going on the bottom, as C.J. Anderson totaled 44 on 16 carries.

The sport got here down to the quarterbacks. Brees, not surprisingly, was strong, as he accomplished 26 of 40 makes an attempt for 249 yards and a couple of touchdowns. After a poor begin, the Rams’ Jared Goff strengthened, and he completed 25 of 40 for 297 yards.

The Rams appeared to be headed towards a blowout loss after a nightmare begin. They held New Orleans to a field goal on the Saints’ first drive, however on the Rams’ third play, Goff’s brief move deflected off Gurley’s palms and was intercepted by Saints linebacker Demario Davis on the Rams’ 13-yard line.

The Saints once more managed solely a field goal for a 6-Zero lead, however after a three-and-out collection by the Rams, the Saints drove 68 yards and took a 13-Zero lead on Brees’ 5-yard landing move to tight finish Garrett Griffin with 1:35 remaining within the first quarter.

From the Rams’ perspective, the sport modified on the second play of the second quarter, once they lined up to punt from their 30-yard line. As an alternative, Johnny Hekker — a quarterback in highschool — threw a 12-yard completion to cornerback Sam Shields.

The Rams managed solely a field goal out of that drive, however some perception appeared to have been born. Additionally, their protection tightened significantly and allowed the Saints just one first down within the second quarter. At one level, Rams defensive finish Ndamukong Suh sacked Brees on consecutive performs.

The Rams received the ball at their very own 19 with 1:52 remaining within the first half however didn’t go meekly. Goff accomplished 4 passes on the drive, together with an excellent 36-yard completion to Brandin Cooks which put the ball on the Saints’ 6. On the subsequent play, Gurley scored on a run to pull the Rams inside 13-10 at halftime.

Having gained momentum on the finish of the half, the Rams appeared to lose it once more at the beginning of the third quarter, once they shortly punted, then allowed the Saints to drive 71 yards for a landing, on a 2-yard move from Brees to Taysom Hill, for a 20-10 lead.

The Rams didn’t flinch, although, as they answered with a 75-yard landing drive. On a third-and-goal play from the Saints’ 1, Goff executed a play-action move and located tight finish Tyler Higbee uncovered in the long run zone, and the Rams pulled inside 20-17 with three:06 remaining within the third quarter.

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