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.
Drew Brees to throw an interception? Yes +120— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) January 20, 2019
Rams (+3) can now win on a FG after the change of possession.pic.twitter.com/jNyFO6LT17
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.
Demario Davis came up big for the #Saints on their first defensive series of the game, but he has been huge for them all year. He became the franchise's first player since 1998 to have 100+ tackles and 5+ sacks in a single season this year #LARvsNO pic.twitter.com/NxV0mXKQRa— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) January 20, 2019
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.
.@rams @sonofbum with a masterful job of taking @Cantguardmike out of the game holding him to 4/36 yards. They had a bracket or double on him on almost all 43 pass attempts BUT not all. I think they missed some chances to get their #1 the . #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/U7Rba7sVW3— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) January 21, 2019
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.