Revenge game in NFC Championship more meaningful for Brandin Cooks, Rams

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Los Angeles were the league's lone undefeated team when they visited the Saints in week nine but left with a 45-35 loss after a lopsided outing.

The Rams and Saints will square off at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Sunday with the victor advancing to Super Bowl LIII. Drew Brees and the Saints ended the Rams' bid for a ideal season, and took over the top seed in the NFC.

The first and only playoff meeting between the two teams came in 2000, when the Aaron Brooks-led Saints upset the defending Super Bowl champion Rams in the Superdome. Brees proved unstoppable in the first half of that November 4 meeting, as he shredded the Rams' defense to build a 21-point lead.

In fact, when seeing how Los Angeles locked him up for the long run with a hefty extension before even playing a single game along with the fact that he caught 80 catches for 1,204 yards with six touchdowns (one rushing), acquiring Cooks was a great decision by the organization. As they showed in the last three quarters against Philadelphia, the Saints may have the defense required to reach the Super Bowl. "I think that we'll have a better plan against them the second go-around, and you got to be excited to go back there and get another chance at those guys".

New Orleans' divisional playoff game was just another example of why the Saints are so hard to beat at home.

The mayor of Atlanta has a clear preference in this weekend's NFC Championship game, and it's most definitely not the Saints. Goff had 186 passing yards and a 74.4 passer rating Saturday. And both teams won 13 games in the regular season, making this the ninth conference championship game between 13-win teams in postseason history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.



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