Rams to meet Patriots in Super Bowl
The Los Angeles Rams will face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl after both teams won at the weekend. The Rams beat the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in a controversial match, while the Patriots reached their third successive Super Bowl after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31.
The Rams needed overtime and a 57-yard field goal to see off the Saints, who were “unfairly deprived” of victory due to a missed call according to their owner, Gayle Benson.
The Rams trailed throughout the match. At the end of the first-quarter the hosts led the match 13-0, but the Rams shortened the deficit to 13-10 by half-time. Both teams scored touchdowns in the second half, before the controversial missed call potentially cost the Saints the game deep into the final quarter.
Benson certainly has a point and has issued a strong statement to the NFL. The Saints were denied a penalty despite Tommylee Lewis clearly being hit before the ball arrived by the Ram’s cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. With the penalty not being called, the Saints couldn’t run the clock down and instead were forced to kick a field goal.
That allowed the Rams to make their way down the field, where Greg Zuerlein kicked from 48 yards to tie the game and take it into overtime with just 15 seconds remaining.
Zuerlein struck again in overtime to take the Rams through. After an interception from John Johnson III, Zerlein kicked successfully once again, this time from 57 yards, to steer to Rams into their first Super Bowl since 2002.
Chance to make it six for Belichick
Tom Brady put in another brilliant performance to guide his New England Patriots to their third successive Super Bowl. The Patriots also needed overtime to overcome their opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs, by 37-31.
The Patriots dominated the first half and blanked the Chiefs. Defence continued to dominate the match until the fourth quarter when the Chiefs came back from the brink. With just eight seconds remaining, Patrick Mahomes took the Chiefs 48 yards before a Harrison Butker kick forced overtime.
The Patriots dominated overtime however. After losing the toss, the Chiefs never even saw the ball during overtime, and a touchdown from Rex Burkhead set the Patriots up for the Super Bowl.
Coach Belichick earned his 30th postseason victory and will be aiming for his sixth Super Bowl victory. Brady too has a shot at his sixth title. Speaking after the match, the quarterback said:
Overtime, on the road against a great team… They had no quit. Neither did we. We played our best football at the end. I don’t know, man, I’m tired. That was a hell of a game. –Tom Brady, New England Patriots Quarterback