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Championship Games

NFC - The Rams will take on the Saints for the NFC Championship. This is a rematch of the divisional round playoff game from last season where the Saints shut out the Rams. It will also be the 3rd time these two teams have met in the Championship game, the Rams winning the previous two.

RB Wendell Tyler fumbles the opening kickoff but is able to recover only reaching the 7 yard line. QB Doug Williams completes a pass to Tyler for 13 yards giving the Rams some breathing room. Williams is sacked on the very next play for a 12 yard loss. From there, the Rams continue what would be a 10 play drive featuring completions to WR Ron Jessie for 36 yards, Tyler for 9 yards and a 31 yard scamper by FB Cullen Bryant. But the drive ends in disaster when Bryant fumbles and the Saints recover and return the ball 54 yards setting up the Saints offense at the Rams 39 yard line. The Ram defense steps up, stuffing RB Chuck Muncie for a 5 yard loss and sacking QB Bobby Scott. On third down Scott is tripped and falls awkwardly for a 12 yard loss. He is injured and likely will not return. The Saints are forced to punt. Bryant gets a 27 yard return and Williams goes back to work completing passes to TE Charlie Young for 17 yards and WR Preston Dennard for 14 yards. With almost no time left on the clock, K Frank Corral boots a 59 yard field goal as time runs out in the first half. The Rams lead 3-0 at the half.

QB Archie Manning is in for the injured Bobby Scott. It has been several seasons since Manning has seen live action. After Muncie is stuffed for no gain, Manning completes a pass to WR Ike Harris yielding 27 yards. On the next play, Manning is intercepted. The return sets up the Rams offense in Saints territory. Williams wastes no time as he airs it out to Bryant running a deep wheel route. Bryant takes it into the endzone for a 41 yard TD. Muncie returns the ensuing kickoff 69 yards setting up the Saints at the 37 yard line of Los Angeles. A sack and two incompletions later, K Nick Mike Myer attempts a 53 yard field goal that hooks left and no good. The Rams take over. The Rams rushing game only yields 3 yards on the first two downs, but Williams is able to complete to Young over the middle yielding 37 yards and a first down. Bryant is stuffed on first down, so Williams goes back to the air. He is intercepted by rookie LB Reggie Mathis. Manning completes a pass to Muncie for 40 yards setting up Myers 43 yard field goal. The Saints attempt an onside kick which is recovered by the Rams. The Rams run two running plays and assume the victory formation. The game ends sending the Rams back to Superbowl, their 9th appearance in 14 seasons. The Saints are now 0-6 in Championship games.


AFC – The Pittsburgh Steelers go to Baltimore to face the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. These two teams are winners of the last two Superbowls with the Steelers being the defending Champions. There are 9 AFC Championships and 5 Superbowl wins between these two teams.

Steelers WR Anthony Carter takes the opening kickoff to midfield, giving the Steelers excellent starting field position. Bradshaw goes right to work completing passes to WR John Stallworth of 16 and 20 yards. The drive stalls and K Chris Bahr boots a 25 yard field goal to open the scoring. The Colts opening drive starts with a bang with RB Rob Carpenter rushing for 24 yards. The drive stalls after the running game is contained and an incomplete pass by QB Bert Jones. The Colts go for it on 4th and 6 and Bert Jones completes the pass to RB Joe Washington for 18 yards. Jones is sacked on first down, and then is picked off by S Mike Wagner who returns the ball 41 yards. After an incomplete pass, Bradshaw completes a screen pass to WR Jim Smith for 17 yards. With time running out, Bahr knocks home a 37 yard field goal giving the Steelers a 6-0 lead at the half.

The Colts first drive of the second half stalls as the running game is stuffed and Jones throws two incomplete passes. Carter returns the punt 40 yards. The Steelers go on a 9 play drive including a 4th down and 2 conversion. The drive stalls, and Bahr boots his third field goal of the day giving the Steelers a 9-0 lead. WR John Jefferson sets up to take the kickoff. Jefferson fumbles and the Steelers recover sinking the Colts Superbowl hopes. The Steelers run out the clock and will go to their 5th Superbowl. They will compete for their 4th Superbowl Championship.


Los Angeles Rams vs Pittsburgh Steelers


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