The NFL should be celebrating a couple of classic Conference Championship Games today.
Instead most of the focus tomorrow will be on an egregious blown call.
I’ve seen PI’s called for infinitely less. What a joke. NFL refs are laughable. #Saints #Rams pic.twitter.com/P0nRJNyFW6— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) January 20, 2019
That was not called pass interference. It came on a critical third down late in the fourth quarter of a tie game between the Rams and the Saints. The Saints kicked a field goal to take the lead, but they would have been given a first down and been able to run out the clock before their field goal attempt had the play correctly been called pass interference. Instead the Rams were able to rally to kick a field goal that forced overtime and won it on a legendary 57 yard field goal in overtime.
Greg Zurlein wins it for the Rams! 57-yard field goal. Next stop: Super Bowl LIII #LARams pic.twitter.com/RxXjj9Fen1— Sports Notes (@TheSportsNotes) January 20, 2019
The AFC Championship Game was an overtime classic. New England defeated Kansas City 37-31 to advance to a third straight Super Bowl.
The Chiefs stormed back from a 14-0 halftime deficit during a wild second half that had 38 points in the fourth quarter. The final 3:32 of regulation had four lead changes, and what would have been a game-clinching Chiefs interception was wiped off by a neutral zone infraction by Dee Ford.
In a game that turned into a shootout, the coin toss proved decisive. New England won that toss and went 75 yards in 13 plays for the game-winning touchdown. Rex Burkhead scored from 2 yards out at 4:50 of the fifth quarter.
The Patriots and Rams have met once before in the Super Bowl. That came in Super Bowl XXXVI when the Rams were in St. Louis. Just like then, the Rams entered the game with a high powered offense. That was the game that launched the Patriots dynasty. Seventeen years later can the Rams return the favor?