NFL Championship: The Los Angeles Rams have a difficult task ahead of them in Sunday’s NFL title game with the New Orleans Saints.
They have a chance to win the NFL earn a spot in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta February 3, but they are going to have to beat the league’s most consistent team at the Superdome if that is going to happen.
The Rams had a chance to do that earlier this season, but they fell 45-35 in Week 9. The Saints have appeared unstoppable at times this season.
Date: Sunday, January 20, at 3:05 p.m. ET
TV and Streams: Fox, Fox Sports Go and fuboTV
Spread: Saints -3 (per OddsShark)
New Orleans dropped its season opener to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and rested most of its key players in the regular-season finale defeat to the Carolina Panthers. The Saints won 13 of 14 games in between those two losses and proved their dominance nearly every week.
The Rams will depend on head coach Sean McVay to force the New Orleans defense into a guessing game with his play-calling. That’s an area that McVay has excelled in during the past two seasons.
“There’s certain moments in games where being a good play caller—you can’t teach it—but there’s certain moments where you have to go for that dagger or you have to pull back a little bit,” Rams quarterback Jared Goff said Friday, per Brett Martel of the Associated Press (h/t the Boston Globe). “There’s just different ebbs and flows in games. I think he’s got a great feel for that.”
McVay refused to take credit for his skills in that area, deferring to Saints head coach Sean Payton because of his experience and long-term success in the game.
“He’s been doing it at really high level for a lot longer than I have,” McVay said. “He’s an outstanding coach—clearly referenced by the way that his team is playing this year, how they’ve played over the course of his career when he’s been leading the Saints. So, I don’t think we’re in that category yet.”