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Why did Sean McVay settle for a game-tying field goal against the Saints?

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This is not the Rams coach we know.

NFC Championship - Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

With the ball less than a yard away from the end zone, down 20-17 to the Saints, the Rams decided to kick a field goal instead of going for the touchdown.

It remains to be seen if this is the right decision for the Rams, but Sean McVay did opt to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line just a week ago against the Dallas Cowboys. The Rams were up 23-15, McVay ran the ball on fourth-and-goal, and the Rams scored a touchdown to go up 30-15, effectively ending the game.

McVay seems like a guy that knows the value of a touchdown during big time NFL games, but here he opted for the safer route and kicked a 24-yard field goal that tied the game at 20.

We’ll have to see if this is a call that bites them in the ass — a 24-20 lead against Drew Brees in the Superdome could’ve been the final nail in the coffin for the Saints.

Update: The decision to kick ended up working! The game went into overtime at 23-23 and then the Rams hit a game-winning, 57-yard field goal to advance to Super Bowl 53.