Lattimore shatters Eagles’ Super Bowl dream
“It’s going to be a good game”
THERE will be no Super Bowl repeat by the Philadelphia Eagles after a Marcus Lattimore pick ended their hopes and New Orleans advanced.
Nick Foles had the Philadelphia Eagles on what could have been a game-winning drive, when with two minutes remaining and just 30 yards out from the end zone, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery allowed Foles’ pass to slip through his hands before Marcus Lattimore intercepted, taking New Orleans to within one game of the Super Bowl.
The Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees, two interceptions from Lattimore, and rallied from a 14point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 to advance to the NFC championship game.
Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards. And a few gambles paid off to assure New Orleans will host the Rams next Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Los Angeles, which fell 45-35 at the Superdome in November, will try again next week, with the winner taking on either Kansas City or New England in the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Philadelphia’s Australian punter Cameron Johnston had a strong game, booting the Eagles deep into the Saints’ territory with five punts averaging 48.2 yards.
He had a long kick of 54 yards and three of his bombs dropped inside the Saints’ 20yard line.
Tom Brady and the Patriots ran riot against the Los Angeles Chargers in a 41-28 rout at Foxborough, where Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and Julian Edelman had nine catches for 151 yards.
The win means the Patriots advance to their eighth straight AFC championship game. New England plays at Kansas City in next week’s title game after beating the Chiefs 43-40.
It is the 13th conference championship game appearance by the Patriots during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.
“It’s going to be a good game,” Brady said of the rematch with the Chiefs. “They’re a good team. We played them earlier this year. I know everybody thinks we suck and, you know, we can’t win any games, so we’ll see. It’ll be fun.”
Brady finished 34 of 44 for 343 yards and a touchdown in the 15th 300-yard passing game of his career while improving to an 8-0 record as a starter against Chargers quarterback.
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