Rams are headed to the Super Bowl after overtime victory over Saints
LOS ANGELES (KUSI) – Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal three minutes, 17 seconds into overtime as the Los Angeles Rams overcame a 13-point first-quarter deficit to defeat the New Orleans Saints, 26-23, in the NFC championship game today in New Orleans, advancing to Super Bowl LIII.
The field goal came five plays after John Johnson III intercepted a pass by Drew Brees at the Rams’ 46-yard line.
The Rams tied the score on Zuerlein’s 48-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation, 1:26 after New Orleans had taken the lead on Wil Lutz’s 31-yard field goal.
The Rams will play in the Super Bowl for the fourth time in their history and second when they were based in Los Angeles. They also played in the NFL championship game five times before the Super Bowl was established in the 1966 season, including once when they were based in Cleveland.
The Rams will face the winner of the AFC championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots played later Sunday in Super Bowl LIII Feb. 3 in Atlanta.
Jared Goff completed 25 of 40 passes for 297 yards and a 1-yard third-quarter touchdown pass to Tyler Hibgee for the Rams. An intercepted pass Goff threw in the first quarter led to Lutz’s second field goal.
Brees completed 26 of 40 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. The overtime interception was the Saints lone turnover.
The Rams outgained New Orleans 378 yards to 290. Both teams had 19 first downs, despite the Rams not having a first down in the first quarter and the Saints seven.
The Rams led 32:36-30:41 in time of possession after trailing in possession 10:16-4:44 in the first quarter.