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Rams and Patriots survive thrillers to advance to Super Bowl

by Kent Covington
Posted 1/21/19, 10:43 am

The stage is set for Super Bowl LIII, with the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots eking out overtime wins Sunday to advance to pro football’s title game in Atlanta on Feb. 3. The Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in the NFC championship game with Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal in the extra period. In the AFC championship, the Patriots won the coin toss in overtime and never gave the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense a chance, as Tom Brady handed off to Rex Burkhead to score from 2 yards out to win 37-31.

It will be the Patriots’ third straight trip to the Super Bowl. For the Rams, it’s been 16 years since they last appeared in the title game, when they lost to the Patriots in 2002.

Editor’s note: We’ve edited this article to indicate that the Rams last appeared in the Super Bowl in 2002.

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