After the excitement of the regular season, four NFL teams are now just one win away from a trip to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 3.
In the first of two back-to-back games this Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams will face the New Orleans Saints for the NFC Championship, while the New England Patriots visit Kansas City to take on the Chiefs for the AFC title.
Tom Brady, 41, will face 23-year-old Patrick Mahomes, arguably the hottest quarterback in the league this season, while the Saints’ Drew Brees, 40, will hope to outscore 24-year-old Jared Goff of the Rams, who has flourished under the stewardship of Sean McVay, 32, the youngest head coach in the NFL.
It’s the old school versus the new school, and legacies are all on the line. So before these four teams take the field, here is everything you need to know about this weekend’s title games.NFC Championship: Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints
When: 3:05 p.m. EST on FOXLos Angeles Rams (13-3)
Last Saturday, the Rams held off the Dallas Cowboys in Los Angeles to move on to the NFC championship game against New Orleans at the Superdome. The highly anticipated game will be a rematch of their Week 9 showdown, which saw the then-undefeated Rams fall 35-45 for their first loss of the year.
While the Saints finished ahead in the conference, the Rams are coming off their most successful season since moving back to the West Coast from St. Louis in 2016, and their best overall season since 2001, when they lost the Super Bowl to the Patriots (and a then up-and-coming Brady).
One of the primary reasons for the Rams’ success? That would be second-year head coach McVay who took over the team in 2017. McVay has brought the most out of running back Todd Gurley and Goff, who many analysts labeled a “bust” during his rookie season under former coach Jeff Fisher.
The Rams brought in running back CJ Anderson in December, and he has proven to be an invaluable complement to Gurley. His performance may be the deciding factor whether they move on to the Super Bowl (and earn more fans in the City of Angels).New Orleans Saints (13-3)
The Saints finished at the top of the NFC, and trounced the defending Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, in the