The L.A. Rams are headed to the Super Bowl in their hometown after a comeback victory Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
L.A. Rams’ Matt Gay booted a 40-yard field goal to tie the game at 17-17 and start their comeback with 6:49 left on the clock. On first down, 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt then dropped an easy interception, thrown by Matthew Stafford. Stafford regained his composure and found the hands of Odell Beckham Jr. for a 29-yard completion. The Rams were also rewarded a 15-yard penalty after a late hit.
With 1:46 to play, Matt Gay then booted a 30-yard field goal to get the Rams back in the driving seat, 20-17. This topped off a 10-play, 49-yard drive from the Rams after two instrumental third-down conversions.
With 1:09 left on the clock and the 49ers facing a 3rd and 12 at their 23, Jimmy Garoppolo’s throw was tipped and then picked by Travin Howard.
The Rams took three knees to close out the victory and book their ticket to Super Bowl LVI with a 20-17 win.
Their 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter marked the largest fourth-quarter comeback in NFC Championship Game history. It was also the Rams’ first win against the 49ers since 2018, ending a six-game losing streak to their West-Coast cousins.
Matthew Stafford drove the Rams to a win with two touchdowns, one interception, and 31 of 45 from 337 yards. His opponent, Jimmy Garoppolo, had only 232 yards and completed 16 of 30 passes.
The team’s last appearance in the Super Bowl was during their 2018 season, in which they lost to the AFC champion New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady.
The Cincinnati Bengals join them in Super Bowl LVI after defeating Kansas City in overtime Sunday night, marking their first appearance in the event since 1989.
The Rams will host the Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13.
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