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Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints: 5 Saints to watch revisited

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As the Rams get revenge from the regular season, the Saints are crushed for the second year in the row and not going to the Super Bowl.

NFL: NFC Championship Game-Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams are going to the Superbowl after exacting regular season revenge and defeating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game. A thrilling overtime game, the Rams beat New Orleans with timely defense, a lucky no-call, and just enough offense lead by QB Jared Goff. In the 26-23 OT thriller, the Saints put up a heck of an effort to try and get to the Super Bowl and in the end fell just short.

Although it’s hard to imagine the Saints not being contenders with QB Drew Brees and the core of Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Alvin Kamara, and so on, nothing is a given in the NFL.

QB Drew Brees

Brees had a solid game for the Saints until the last time he touched the ball in overtime. For the game, Brees completed 26/40 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns, and the crucial interception that set up K Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal. Overall, he finished with a QB rating of 60.1 in the game.

LB Demario Davis

Davis was all over the field for the Saints. He had 14 total tackles including 1.5 tackles-for-loss. In addition, he was the beneficiary of an interception off a deflection from Rams RB Todd Gurley early in the game.

WR Michael Thomas

The Rams did a much better job in containing WR Thomas. He was limited to seven targets, four receptions, and 36 yards. The Rams gave him multiple looks including zone, man with a lurking LB/S, press man, and off man. In the end, Thomas was contained and the return of CB Aqib Talib definitely helped.

CB Marshon Lattimore

Lattimore was relatively busy for the defense with six total tackles. He and the rest of the secondary had their hands full as the Rams passed for over 300 yards. It’s never a good sign to have all the cornerbacks being in the upper half of the tackle leaders for a defense as that’s usually a sign of bigger plays. Lattimore (six), P.J. Williams (eight), and Eli Apple (four) all had a pretty high number of tackles.

RBs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram (bonus)

The Rams defense again flexed their run-stuffing muscles limiting the Saints to only 48 yards rushing for the game. Ingram lead the Saints with 31 yards on nine carries while Kamara only rushed for 15 yards on eight carries. That being said, Kamara was the best receiver for the Saints with 96 yards receiving (with 11 receptions). In the end, the Rams did just enough to limit Kamara as a receiver and was able to make New Orleans more one dimensional than they would have liked to be.