Lat­ti­more shat­ters Ea­gles’ Su­per Bowl dream

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“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.

Pic­ture: GETTY

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