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Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal sends the Rams to Super Bowl 53

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The Rams had a rough go at things, but advanced to the Super Bowl with an overtime win.

It took overtime, but the Rams were able to beat the Saints 26-23 in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl in Atlanta.

The Rams won on a 57-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein, who lived up to his “Legatron” nickname with the booming kick:

It set a Rams postseason record, but there was a lot that came before the kick that will be talked about in the coming days.

How we got to overtime was complicated, and controversial.

The Saints were driving, and looked like they could be setting themselves up for a trip to the Super Bowl. However, an egregious no-call that forced the Saints to settle for a field goal to make it a 23-20 game in New Orleans’ favor.

Here’s the play in question:

Had a call been made there, the Saints kneel a few times, and kick their field goal to make a 23-20 final.

Instead, the Rams then got the football back with 1:45 remaining, and threatened to win the game with a quick start to their drive.

After a Robert Woods 16-yard reception got the Rams to the Saints’ 49-yard line, the Saints defense was able to hold the Rams’ offense. It forced a Greg Zuerlein 48-yard field goal attempt, which he nailed after a failed icing attempt:

Drew Brees kneeled the football after the Saints got the ball back, and we went into overtime.

The Saints got the ball first, and it resulted in disaster.

On a second-and-16 from their own 34-yard line, Brees got nailed by Dante Fowler, and threw a duck into the sky that Josh Johnson came down with for the Rams:

Moments later, Zuerlein sent the Rams to the Super Bowl.

The Rams will play either the Patriots or the Chiefs in Atlanta. The Rams beat the Chiefs earlier in the season in what many believe to be the best regular season game in NFL history, 54-51.

No matter who they play, we should be in for a treat in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.