After an extremely eventful divisional weekend, the Rams and the Saints were the top two teams to emerge in the NFC.
Following an impressive 13-3 regular season record that earned them the NFC second seed, the Rams handled the Dallas Cowboys at home in the Divisional round. Los Angeles held Dallas’s star running back Ezekiel Elliot to just 47 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. Stopping the Cowboy’s dynamic and explosive run game was without a doubt the most significant killer for Dallas. Dak Prescott had a solid for performance, threw 20-32 with 266 yards with a touchdown run and pass, but received no help from the run game, which resulted in offensive inconsistency. A strong defensive performance from the Rams was complemented by C.J. Anderson’s 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns. L.A. outscored Dallas 30-22 and will travel to New Orleans the face the Saints in the highly anticipated week 9 rematch.
After falling behind 14-0 to the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles, the Saints battled back to overcome the deficit and won 20-14. Drew Brees propelled the Eagles hot start by throwing an interception on the first play of the game, but then came back to throw for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were driving nearing the red zone while only down 6, but an Alshon Jeffery drop which turned into a Marshawn Lattimore interception was the nail in the coffin for Philadelphia.
The last time the Rams and the Saints met was in a week 9 shootout in New Orleans that the Saints won 45-35. Jared Goff and Drew Brees both had amazing games and combined for over 700 passing yards and 7 passing touchdowns. Both teams continued their success following the game, finished the regular season 13-3, and earned the one and two playoff seeds in the NFC.
The Saints will host the Rams in the NFC Championship at 3:05 Eastern time.
PICTURE CREDITS – Rams Wire – USA Today