Rams defy the media naysayers, advance to the NFC Championship Game


Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts toward fans in the stands after an NFL divisional football playoff game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Running the play-action pass, which the Rams saw great success with most of the regular season.

La Canfora claims that such a move is something that "many within the NFL offices would support", and though unlikely it would come down to this, it's impressive knowing the league is as anxious about a home team playing in the situation they created as they were about the Chiefs and Rams playing in odd conditions in Mexico.

Backup guard Jared Allen got stuck in the snow while driving to the game. But this is better Eagles team. The Chiefs barely got into the 2006 playoffs, but lost in embarrassing fashion, once again to the Colts.

For our defense, as we are fading Gurley and the Rams WR's, we might as well go with the Cowboys who certainly have the talent on the defense side to give the Rams offense some trouble. Los Angeles racked up more yards than the Cowboys had allowed on the ground all season, a particular embarrassment for a proud, effective defence. Aqib Talib covering covering Amari Cooper. Prescott also made a couple huge plays at the end of the game last week to seal the win over the Seahawks.

As the race to reach Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta heats up, Opta looks at where the divisional round will be won and lost. With another terrific Running Back in Todd Gurley, and a star in young Quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams have cemented themselves as one of the top teams in the National Football League as they only lost three games all season. "There's a strong chance the Rams will feel like the away team in their own stadium, even in a playoff game". On Sunday, it's New England (11-5) at home for the Los Angeles Chargers (13-4 after winning at Baltimore), and NFC top seed New Orleans (13-3) home for defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia (10-7 after a victory at Chicago).

"If there's one team that can beat Kansas City, it is the Indianapolis Colts".

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Up first we have Los Angeles Chargers who travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots, last year's Super Bowl losers. This is a team that can compete with and beat anyone in the league, especially on the road, and find themselves in a spot to make a significant push in this playoffs.

After spending the final two games of the regular season sidelined because of inflammation and soreness in his left knee, Todd Gurley appeared fresh and fast. Green, an analyst for CBS, characterized Sutton's philosophy as "bend don't break", though the Chiefs' defense broke in their playoff loss previous year, allowing three second-half touchdowns to Tennessee.

"They dominated us up front", Elliott said.

This match-up would bring 41-year-old Tom Brady up against Mahomes in what could serve as a passing of the torch from one generation of quarterback to the next.

All cards seem to be in place for the Patriots to finally come crashing down this year but a bet against the Patriots historically, is a bad bet. However, Philly hasn't forgotten that Nick Foles didn't play in that game.

Last week I predicted I would up the level of my game picking in the playoffs, like so many players do each season. They don't yet know who they'll face in the next round, but no matter what, they're going to get a shot at revenge. We caught up with CBS Boston sports anchor Steve Burton to get his insights on the matchups.