Photo: Sean Gardner Agence France-Presse
It will be the first participation of the Rams to the Super Bowl since they left St. Louis and returned to Los Angeles for the start of the season 2016.
A spectacular comeback. A wrong decision of the referees. And, finally, a powerful kick that sent the Rams from Los Angeles to the Super Bowl.
After you have erased a deficit of 13-0, the Rams have knocked out the Saints in New Orleans when Greg Zuerlein has made a successful kick accuracy 57 yards in overtime, giving them a win of 26-23 in the final championship of the national Association of the NFL, Sunday.
This result would perhaps not have been possible without a monumental blunder of the officials in the final minutes of play of regulation time.
The half corner Nickell Robey-Coleman, of the Rams, has committed an obvious offence for obstruction following a coup helmet against helmet against Tommylee Lewis, well before the ball arrives inside of the line five yards of the Rams.
Because the game has not been the subject of punishment, the Saints have been forced to turn to their kicker Wil Lutz, who has successfully completed an investment of 31 yards that allowed them to take a lead of 23-20 with 1:41 remaining.
“I’m headed to the side lines, I looked towards the gods of football by saying thank you,” said Robey-Coleman.
This outcome has left enough time in the quarter Jared Goff to lead the Rams to the territory of the Saints, and the placement of a 48-yard Zuerlein, who brought the score to 23-23 with 15 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
The Saints have won the raffle and were the first to launch the attack in overtime. However, with Dante Fowler son in his face, quarterback Drew Brees threw a pass without too much force that has been caught by John Johnson III, which has managed to maintain possession of the ball while falling backward.
The Rams have generated little in attack in the wake of this interception, but it didn’t matter. Zuerlein has thrown the ball in the centre of the poles of goals, and with plenty of power.
According to the NFL, it is the more the long boots investment victorious in playoff games in the history of the league.
In two weeks, Atlanta, the Rams will face the winners of the final of the american Association between the Patriots of New England and the Chiefs of Kansas City.
“It’s amazing, I can’t find the words, said Goff. The defensive played just as it has done to force the extension. The defensive makes a interception and Greg takes a placement of 57 yards to give the victory. The kick would have been successful from a distance of about 70 yards. Incredible. “
The Superdome, deafening throughout the afternoon, suddenly became completely silent. It was the first defeat at home in playoff games for the Saints since the beginning of the era of Brees and Sean Payton, who had a record of 6-0 in such circumstances since their union in 2006.
The Rams (15-3) and their head coach 32-year-old Sean McVay, were the crowning achievement of a spectacular growth since their return to Los Angeles three years ago. The team will participate in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001, while it was evolving, always in St. Louis.