Saints v Rams Recap


Johnny Cronin, Editor

After a controversial championship weekend, the Super Bowl 53 matchup is set between the New England Patriots (AFC) and the Los Angeles Rams (NFC) in Atlanta, Georgia.  Both teams played their conference championships this past weekend in which both games stirred a crazy amount of controversy and tension amongst Saints and Chiefs fanbases.  

The Los Angeles Rams played the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this past Sunday kicking off at 3:05 PM ET. It was all Saints early on, marching down the field on the first drive led by QB Drew Brees, and the dome was rocking! Then, the drive after LB DeMario Davis intercepted Rams QB Jared Goff early in to the first half.  The stadium was erupting with loud cheers of joy and in fact, a part of the ceiling broke outside the media dispatch room. The Saints ended the 1st quarter up 13-0 with all the momentum, and were making the Rams look like a team that should not have been in the playoffs. Did the Rams hit their max to early? Are they burned out? Enter Rams K, Greg Zuerlein, who got them on the board with a 36 yard field goal.  Then, a huge stop by the stacked Rams defense led by Pro Bowl DT, Aaron Donald stopped the steaming Saints to punt. Following the defensive masterpiece from the Rams, Todd Gurley ran in a 6 yard rushing touchdown, cutting the saints lead to three (13-10). The second quarter was all Rams; not letting the Brees led offense score a point and the Rams offense was getting back to normal ways. Rams opened up the 3rd with a punt and then both teams traded touchdowns following that drive with touchdowns scored by Taysom Hill (NOR) and Tyler Higbee (LAR).  That was it for scoring plays in the 3rd, but the 4th was where it got interesting. Both kickers hit important field goals during the 4th quarter, as Rams K, Greg Zuerlein tied the game on a 24 yard hit with 5:03 left in regulation. The drive after, the Saints were getting ready to take a shot at the end zone to win the game from just inside the 20. Drew Brees took the snap and threw a lob pass to Tommylee Lewis with Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman on coverage. The 6 year vet made a rookie mistake on the ball and approached the pass with his back to the play and hit the Saints WR without attempting to make a play on the ball obstructing the ability to catch the ball.  By the NFL rulebook, that’s probably a flag (pass interference), but no, the officiating crew ruled it was a clean play and the Saints would then have to settle for a field goal. Saints K, Will Lutz gave the Saints the lead with a 31 yard field goal with 1:41 left in the 4th. Would that be it? Nope, Rams would then march down the field and have to attempt a 48 yard field goal to send this game to overtime. Sean Payton, Saints head coach, and the New Orleans faithful did everything in their power to distract Greg “The Leg” from his game deciding field goal… It didn’t work, Zuerlein hit it and the game was going to OT. The Saints won the toss and would need a touchdown to win the game, but the Rams defense intercepted the 40 year old QB on the first drive in OT. Following the interception, the Rams would win the game off a 57 yard field goal, which would leave Saints fan in pain, heartbreak, and had some words for the officiating crew.  Professional athletes across the country took to social media to critique the no call, Lakers star, LeBron James (@KingJames) said, “On another note. Them 🦓’s be on some 🗑. Hate to see that happen in such a great game! 🤦🏾‍♂”.  Former NFL star, Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) said, “Cmon… gotta make that call!!!”. This game stirred an unbelievable amount of controversy, and was exiting down to the last play!