The NFL Championship round brought two big matches on Sunday, Saints vs. Rams and Chiefs vs. Patriots. Both games were really good but the two had their controversies throughout, especially the Saints – Rams game. Here are the results of the NFL Championship Round:
Rams 26 – 23 Saints
The Saints and Rams, the number one and two seed of the NFC, came into this matchup after beating the Eagles and Cowboys in the Divisional Round. The game appeared to be under control of the Saints early on with the team taking a 13 – 0 lead. The Rams fought back and held the Saints to zero points in the second quarter. They scored ten in that one, making it 13 – 10 Saints at halftime. Third quarter was even with the two teams scoring a TD each. The Rams scored 6 points in the fourth to take the game to OT.
Brees appeared to be on his way to a win after the Saints won the coin toss but a blitz from the defense put pressure and the pass floated into the hands of the defense for an interception. The Rams moved the ball but barely got into field goal range. The 57 yard field goal attempt was good, sending the Rams to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2002.
The game was surrounded by controversy since it appeared that a pass interference had been made against the Saints. The call was never made but that would not be the only controversial play of the round.
Patriots 37 – 31 Chiefs
The Patriots and Chiefs met again for the second time this season. The two teams met during the regular season, with New England winning a shootout. This game was no different as the two offenses did not disappoint.
New England continued its great performances early on, taking a 14 – 0 lead. The powerful Kansas City offense was held to zero points in the first two quarters. Things changed in the second half as Kansas City outscored the Patriots in the third and fourth quarters. In the fourth, Kansas City exploded for 24 points. It appeared that Mahomes was on his way to a comeback win but the Patriots had enough time to march down the field and take the lead late in the game. The Chiefs offense responded right back, scoring a field goal with seconds left in the fourth to send the game to OT.
In OT, the Patriots marched down the field for a game winning TD. The game also saw some controversy as there was a call of roughing the passer on Brady. The replay showed little contact. Dee Ford also had a costly penalty that erased a turnover by the Patriots offense.
Super Bowl: Rams vs. Patriots
Tom Brady has reached his ninth and third straight Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Rams last made the Super Bowl back in 2002, when they faced the Patriots. In that year, they were the favorites but a young Tom Brady led the Patriots to a huge win. Brady has never lost a Super Bowl against teams outside of the NFC East. The Rams will be looking to change that on Sunday, February 3.
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