One victory down, two to go for Super Bowl title No. 2.
The New Orleans Saints edged the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 in the NFC Divisional playoff round at the Superdome.
The Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams at 2:05 p.m. (CST) on Jan. 20 (FOX) in the NFC Championship Game for the right to advance to Super Bowl LIII.
The Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-22 on Saturday night.
The Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 20 (CBS) at 5:40 p.m. (CST).
The Eagles raced out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Saints rallied to score the game’s final 20 points to move within a victory of returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since defeating the Colts in 2009.
This is the largest postseason comeback in franchise history for the Saints, with the previous record (10 points) in Super Bowl XLIV.
Marshon Lattimore sealed the victory for the Saints with his second interception of the game, which came off of a dropped pass by Alshon Jeffery inside the red zone with 1:52 left in the game.
The game’s momentum swung to the Saints with a gutsy gamble midway through the second quarter. The Saints successfully converted a fake punt from their 30-yard-line on a four-yard run by do-it-all Taysom Hill and capped off the drive with a two-yard Keith Kirkwood’s touchdown from Drew Brees.
The Saints also scored on another Brees two-yard touchdown to Michael Thomas late in the third quarter and added two field goals by Will Lutz in the second and fourth quarter.
Brees amassed 301 yards on 28-of-38 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. Thomas tallied 12 receptions for 171 yards.
The dynamic rushing duo of Alvin Kamara (71) and Mark Ingram (53) combined for 124 yards on 25 carries.
Afterwards, Brees spoke with CST’s Mike Nabors about the resiliency of the Saints to rally back from the early deficit and the challenge of facing the Rams with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
“It obviously didn’t start out the way that we wanted. It took us a little while to find our rhythm,” Brees said. “…We were calm and poised. We knew we had to get it going and get some points, which we did.”
The Saints handed the Rams their first loss of the season in a 45-35 contest at the Superdome on Nov. 4.
Now it all comes down to this in the NFC.
“Man, they’re a great football team. Listen, that was a great football game when they were here. A bit of a shootout. I think both defenses are playing pretty good right now, ours and theirs,” Brees said. “It’s going to be a hard fought game. It’s the NFC Championship. I think we had a feeling back then that we would be seeing these guys again.”
For more watch Saints Gameday with Scott Shanle, Mike Nabors and Victor Howell. Check the CST program schedule for more information.