Rams, Patriots Advance to Super Bowl LIII

Tom Brady with Patriots in 2018. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will face in the Super Bowl LIII on February 4th, after winning their NFC and AFC Championship games. Both teams needed overtime to get the win, with the Rams edging out the New Orleans Saints with a Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal, while the Patriots got the OT win against the Kansas City Chiefs thanks to Rex Burkhead’s rushing touchdown.

This was the first time in NFL history that both the AFC and NFC Championship games went to OT.

Los Angeles Rams started their games against the New Orleans Saints being behind 13 points and actually never got the lead, managing to get the equalizer after Greg Zuerlein scored a 48-yard field goal 18 seconds before the end of the regular time. New Orleans had the first possession, but their quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception on 2nd & 16, which LA a chance to win the game with the next score. Rams got the ball to around 40-yards and decided to trust Zuerlein that he will manage to score from that distance.  The 31-year old Pro Bowler didn’t disappoint and secured his team the first Super Bowl appearance since 2001.

“It’s unbelievable, man. I can’t put it into words,”- said Goff. “The defense played the way they did to force it to overtime. The defense gets a pick and Greg makes a 57-yarder to win it. That was good from about 70. Unbelievable.”

New England Patriots, on the other hand, opened the game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a furious run, scoring 14 points in the first half and managing to keep their opponent scoreless. Chiefs, however, managed to find motivation in the second half, and thanks to Harrison Butker’s FG, sent the game in overtime. Still, that didn’t help a lot, since the Patriots got the ball first with Tom Brady leading a game-winning drive to give New England their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” – said Brady. “Kansas are explosive, and they have been beating teams here all year. It was awesome, what a game.”