NFC Championship 2019: The two best teams in the NFC square off Sunday afternoon for the second time this season in the NFC Championship Game. The New Orleans Saints earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC because of the head-to-head tiebreaker they earned over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9.
NFC Championship 2019: First, the New Orleans Saints host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game. By the end of Sunday, this year’s Super Bowl matchup will be set, as the four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs are set to play in the conference championship round.
The Rams finished the regular season at 13-3, with one of their few losses coming to the Saints in an offensive showdown in New Orleans. The Saints won that meeting, 45-35, handing the Rams their first loss of the season. Jared Goff threw for three touchdowns and nearly 400 yards, but also had an interception, while Todd Gurley was limited to 68 yards rushing.
New Orleans managed 141 yards of rushing as a team, while Drew Brees threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Neither quarterback was sacked in the outing. Saints receiver Michael Thomas dominated the game, with 12 receptions for 211 yards and a touchdown.
Both teams had a bye in the wild card round, and handled their opponents in the divisional round, though both games were close in their own way. The Saints only put up 20 points against the Eagles, and had to come from behind to get the victory as the Eagles fell apart in the second half.
The Cowboys kept it close with a late rally against the Rams, but Los Angeles managed a touchdown in the fourth quarter to keep the game out of reach as Dallas scored late and tried to make something happen. But the Rams got out of there with a 30-22 win.
Both games were quite a bit closer than most predicted, and the week of rest from the wild card round shouldn’t play too much of a factor here after such a hard-fought divisional round.
Below, you can find all you need to know to watch the action on Sunday.