In a tough NFC Championship game on Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams advance to the Super Bowl after capturing their division rivals San Francisco 49ers, 20-17, 20-17.
Rams, who overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, was triggered by quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Cooper Coop, who joined in two touchdowns in the game.
“You can’t write this story better,” Stafford said.
With the win, the Rams will return to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2018 season. The Rams, who lost their first two games against the 49ers this season, face Cincinnati Bengal, who beat Kansas City earlier on Sunday to win the AFC title.
The Rams will gain home-field advantage as the Super Bowl will be played at Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, California.
This is Stafford’s first appearance with the Rams after a dozen years with the Detroit Lions, where he has never won a playoff game.
The Rams advanced early, after taking a 24-point lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week before escaping with a win. But 49 players went into the locker room 10-7 at the break and added a touchdown to go 17-7 up in the third quarter.
In the first half, the Rams had the ball longer and had more impressive attacking figures. But they wounded themselves many times. Stafford was picked up when he tried to reach the trash in the final zone in the first quarter. Rams kicker Matt Kay missed a field goal in the second game.
Stafford teamed up with Gupta for two points, but could have gotten a touchdown pass on another drive if Gupta and Ben Schwronek had not dropped the passes.
In the third quarter, Stafford lost in the fourth and 1st in a quarterback sneak.
49 players took advantage on the next drive, with 49 hitting quarterback Jimmy Caropolo Tight End George Kitt for a 16-yard score with a 17-7 lead with two minutes left in the quarter.
Stafford mobilized the Rams on a fast-moving drive that ended with Stafford scrambling for their second touchdown, reducing the deficit to 17-14.
49 people made their own mistakes. Security Jogiski Dart Stafford’s firm intervention was dropped in the fourth quarter. Rams eventually pulled down to Downfield and added a field goal to equalize the score.
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