Los Angeles Teams

Rams earn Super Bowl berth with OT win (2:31)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Current Super Bowl probabilities from FPI: Chiefs would have a 54% chance to beat the Rams. Rams would have a 51% chance to beat the Patriots.

Clark: Controversial play was 'clearly a pass interference' (1:05)
Zuerlein's 57-yard FG sends Rams to Super Bowl (0:30)
Tiafoe channels LeBron with his Australian Open celebrations (0:54)
Referees miss pass interference call on late Saints drive (0:24)
Gurley gets emotional after NFC Championship win (1:15)
Johnson intercepts Brees in OT (0:26)

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Rams NFC Champions gear.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

Had the refs called defensive pass interference on the 3rd down pass attempt to Tommylee Lewis with 1:45 to play, NO would have been able to kneel the clock down to about 15 seconds with a field goal attempt from around the 10-yard line to essentially win the game. Indoors, that would give them a 98% Win Probability. After the no-call, the Saints' Win Probability was 78%, a difference of 20%.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers say Lonzo Ball will be out at least a month to six weeks with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain following an MRI. Ball was in the midst of his best stretch of basketball for the season and now he won't be back until after the All-Star break at the earliest.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams were downtrodden. They suffered 10 consecutive losing seasons, ranked within the bottom 12 offensively in every one of those years and found themselves lost in LA. Then Sean McVay came, breathed life into the organization, lifted everybody up, and in 24 months, the Rams became a Super Bowl team. Now, at 32, he can win it all in the city where he grew up.

Zuerlein drills 48-yard field goal to force OT (0:28)

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

End of regulation, and the Rams and Saints are tied, 23-23, after Greg Zuerlein connected on a 48-yard field goal. Sudden-death to go to the Super Bowl.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

ESPN's Win Probability (WP) model says the Rams likely made a major error by electing for a field goal attempt on 4th and goal from the Saints' 1-yard line. The WP for the FG attempt would be 43.2%, while the WP for going for it would be 55.3%. The Rams needed a 32% chance of conversion to make it worth the gamble. League average from the 1 is 57%. This is about as big as these errors tend to be.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Sean McVay's decision to kick a field goal on 4th-and-1 (before delay of game) with about 5 minutes left was extremely costly. The Rams would have had a 55% chance to win by going for it but only a 43% chance to win by attempting a field goal. The Rams needed to think they had at least a 32% chance of success to justify going for it, and league average rate of success in that situation is 57%.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams have tied the NFC Championship Game at 20 with just over 5 minutes remaining. CJ Anderson has 15 of their 25 rushing attempts; Josh Reynolds, Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett have drawn 10 of their 28 targets. Imagine that.

Rams narrow deficit with Goff's TD pass to Higbee (0:18)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints created short, high-percentage throws for Drew Brees on that scoring drive with Alvin Kamara matched up to LBs in coverage. Option routes, ball to the flat, etc. Can take that all day with Kamara's route running skills.

Goff drops 36-yard dime to Cooks (0:19)
Gurley pulls Rams within 3 before halftime (0:19)