And Sunday, inside a sold-out and deafening Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Rams came from behind to defeat the top-seeded New Orleans Saints, 26-23, in overtime in the NFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl. The Rams are the first road team to win a conference championship in six seasons.
Despite the noise and a shaky start, McVay did not show signs of panic after the Saints scored 13 unanswered points in the first quarter. Jared Goff remained true to his even-keeled nature, completing 25 of 40 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown, with an interception, as he led the come-from-behind effort.
“It was a chaotic game,” Goff said, adding, “It’s good to come into a place like this and be able to come from behind and win, that gives you a lot of confidence.”nfl nike jerseys cheap china
Todd Gurley II, meanwhile, was missing in action. After Gurley had one pass skip off his arms and into those of a Saints defender in the Rams’ first series, then dropped a pass on third down early in the second quarter, the highest-paid running back in NFL history inexplicably spent a majority of the game on the sideline, save for a 6-yard touchdown run, while veteran backup C.J. Anderson rushed for 44 yards in 16 carries.
“Not anything against Todd,” McVay said. “C.J. did a nice job, but I thought that they did a nice job as a whole, slowing down our run game, and we kind of just had to grind some things out today.”
Gurley finished with 10 yards on four carries.
Defensively, defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh created just enough pressure to make Drew Brees appear occasionally uncomfortable, as the Rams held the Saints, who averaged 31.5 points per game, to only 10 points in the second half.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china
“Just kept playing as a team you know, feeding off the offense, feeding off the special teams and standing together as a defense,” Donald said. “Making plays everybody flying around.”
Two years ago, the Rams took a calculated risk when they hired the youngest head coach in modern NFL history in the 30-year-old McVay, who came with a reputation as an offensive mastermind. Now McVay, at 32, is the youngest head coach to lead a team to a Super Bowl.
In his first season in Los Angeles, McVay orchestrated an amazing turnaround, turning a 4-12 team into a division winner. The Rams made the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons.