NFL Championship Game Reviews

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NFL Championship Game Reviews

Aaron Kolomvotos

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The two conference championship games are in the books and these two teams will be competing in this years Super Bowl. The Patriots and the Rams will be headlining Super Bowl 53 on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The four best teams competed against each other as they are ranked the four highest offensive teams in the league this year.  These four teams are the Patriots, the Chiefs, the Rams, and the Saints. 

New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Game

A rematch from week 6 @ New England but, this time the Chiefs are hosted the Patriots  for the first time ever in the AFC Championship game at Kansas City. This game was intense and amazing to watch, as the game went back and forth all the way. As the game went into the 4th quarter it became very entertaining to watch as it was 17-7 with the Patriots leading at the beginning. The Chiefs however, decided that the 4th quarter was their time to shine scoring 24 points throughout the 4th quarter trading scores with the Patriots and eventually leading to overtime for a chance to go to Super Bowl 53. Tom Brady’s interception assisted the Chiefs with the comeback, but he was typical Tom Brady once overtime began.

The Patriots won the coin flip to start overtime and Brady took his team all the way down the field and and capped the drive with a touchdown run by Rex Burkhead. Tom Brady will now try to win his 6th Super Bowl ring in a total of 9 appearances.

Player Stats

Patriots:

QB: Tom Brady – 348 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions

RB: Sony Michel – 113 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 fumbles

Rex Burkhead – 41 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 fumbles

WR: Julian Edelman – 96 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fumbles

Chiefs:

QB: Patrick Mahomes – 295 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble (recovered)

RB: Damien Williams – 30 rushing yards, 66 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 0 fumbles

WR: Sammy Watkins – 114 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fumbles

Tyreek Hill – 42 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fumbles

 

LA Rams @ New Orleans Saints NFC Championship Game

Also a rematch game, this one from week 9 when the Saints beat the Rams. This time the Rams were looking for revenge. The Saints Super Dome is one of the loudest stadiums in the league and it was hard for the Rams to call and change plays. The game was a nail biter to the end while the Rams trailed for most of the game. The Rams came out of the 1st half down by 3 (13-10). The Saints and Rams exchanged touchdowns in the 3rd quarter making the score of 20-17 going into the 4th quarter.

During the 4th quarter, with Gurley sidelined for the majority of the game the two teams traded field goals. Then, Drew Brees and the Saints took the field with about 2 minutes left in the game. This was when one of the most controversial no calls in recent memory occured. On 3rd down, the Saints threw the ball down the sidelines and the Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman collided helmet to helmet with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. The officials met and discussed and determined that no foul had occurred. They NFL later would apologize for the missed call. 

The Saints were then forced to kick a field goal instead of putting them 1st and goal on the 1 yard line. As for the Rams they had 1:37 left in the game take the lead or tie. With great plays and throws by Jared Goff, the Rams drove the field and kicked the tying 48 yard field goal to send the game into over time. The Saints would the coin flip and take the ball and have a chance to win this game with a touchdown. However, Brees would throw an interception ending the drive and giving the Rams the chance at playing in Super Bowl 53. The Rams sealed the victory with a field goal from 57 yards and a chance at this years Super Bowl.

After the Rams were down 13-0, they made adjustments to the 2nd half of the game to come back on the road in a hard stadium to play in and with tons of controversial calls that were missed on both sides. The Rams are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2002. Brandin Cooks, Stockton native, will now play in his second straight Super Bowl (last year with Patriots) and Jared Goff will play in his first Super Bowl.

 

Player Stats

Rams:

QB: Jared Goff – 297 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception

RB: C.J. Anderson – 44 rushing yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fumbles

Todd Gurley – 10 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 0 fumbles

WR: Brandin Cooks – 107 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fumbles

Saints:

QB: Drew Brees – 249 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception

RB: Mark Ingram – 31 rushing yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fumbles

Alvin Kamara – 15 rushing yards, 96 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fumbles

WR: Ted Ginn – 58 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 fumble (recovered)

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