Los Angeles Rams NFL Game in NFC Championship game: Live updates, score, time, TV channel, how to watch live stream online.Many observers predicted a rematch following the New Orleans Saints win over the Los Angeles Rams during Week 9 of the regular season. That prediction has proven to be correct. The Saints and Rams will face each in the NFC Championship game on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. PT/3:05 p.m. ET, KPTV-12, FOX or live on Fubo TV (free trial).
You can also watch a live stream of the game on foxsportsgo.com, verizonwireless.com, playstation vue, AppleTV, SlingTV.
The Saints reached their first conference championship game since the 2009 season by rallying to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in a Divisional Round game. The Saints overcame a 14-0 deficit and won 20-14. The Saints have not appeared in a Super Bowl since winning Super Bowl 44 in 2010. The Saints defeated the Rams 45-35 during Week 6 of the regular season.
The Saints advanced because of their defense. After allowing two touchdowns in the first quarter, the New Orleans defense shut out the Eagles over the final three quarters. The defense held the Eagles to 201 yards passing in the game and after Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed eight of nine passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter, he was limited to 10-of-22 passes for 88 yards and two interceptions in the final three quarters.
The offense wasn’t sharp and quarterback Drew Brees completed 28-of-38 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and an interceptions. Wide receiver Michael Thomas had a huge day, catching 12 passes for 171 yards a touchdown.
The Rams, known for their flashy offense, went old-school to punish the Cowboys in their 30-22 win. Los Angeles running backs C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley each rushed for at least 100 yards and Rams gashed the Cowboys with 273 yards on the ground, averaging 5.7 yards a carry in the game.
The Rams defense, which had been inconsistent during the regular season, produced its best performance of the season. The unit held Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott to 47 yards on the ground and limited to Cowboys to 50 yards rushing. The Cowboys were able to convert just 1-of-10 third-down plays in the game.
You can get the latest score and stats from the game in the box score provided above and here’s everything you need to know in order to watch the Rams vs. Saints game:
What: Los Angeles Rams vs New Orleans Saints
When: Sunday, Jan. 20, 12:05 p.m. PT/3:05 p.m. ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
TV: KPTV-12, FOX
Watch online: You can watch the live stream of the game on foxsportsgo.com, verizonwireless.com, playstation vue, AppleTV, SlingTV and Fubo TV (free trial).
He has played in three NFL conference championship games, making cornerback Aqib Talib the most experienced Rams player in the situation at hand.
Talib lost twice with the New England Patriots. He won once with the Denver Broncos – and went on to win a Super Bowl title.
So the Rams will be looking to Talib on Sunday when they play the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The winner advances to play the Kansas City Chiefs or the Patriots in the Feb. 3 Super Bowl at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“He’s our vet,” Rams safety John Johnson said of Talib, adding, “He knows everything.”
Talib, an 11th-year pro, did not play in the Rams’ 45-35 loss to the Saints at the Superdome on Nov. 4 because he was recovering from ankle surgery.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader, torched the Rams for 346 yards passing and four touchdowns, including a game-clinching 72-yard strike to receiver Michael Thomas, who caught 12 passes for a team-record 211 yards.
Talib, 32, returned to the lineup four weeks later, and he has helped solidify a defense that neutralized the Dallas Cowboys in last week’s 30-22 divisional-round victory.
In that game, Johnson said Talib called out a play before the Cowboys executed it.
“Before they broke the huddle, he called out exactly what they were going to do and it happened,” Johnson said of a run by Dak Prescott on a fourth-and-one play in the fourth quarter.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Talib intercepted one pass this season, increasing his career total to 35. He is still looking for his first postseason interception.
But his value goes beyond his ability to pick off passes.
“There’s a guy with a ton of playoff experience,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “He’s been in the postseason, he’s an extremely smart player.”
Neither Talib nor Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips indicated this week that Talib would line up against the 6-3, 212-pound Thomas, but that is the expectation. Thomas led the NFL with 125 catches and had 12 for 171 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 20-14 divisional-round victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Anytime you’re a receiver and you got a Hall of Fame quarterback, that’s going to take you to the next level, man,” Talib said of Thomas. “Then he’s big, he’s fast, he’s got great hands, great body control.”
Cornerback Marcus Peters, who got burned by Thomas for the long touchdown in November, welcomes the help.
“We all know they are going to feed him the ball,” Peters said, adding, “We get Aqib back this time. I got an extra person out there with me.”
That could make a difference for a Rams team that in November trailed the Saints by 21 points in the second quarter before coming back to tie the score in the fourth. The Rams eventually lost, but players anticipated that they would get another shot at the Saints.
“This is what you wanted,” defensive tackle Aaron Donald said, adding, “They got us the first time and what better stage to do it now.”
Talib is not the only important Rams player the Saints did not face in November.
About a month and a half after that game, the Rams signed running back C.J. Anderson. The veteran rushed for 167 and 132 yards while star Todd Gurley was sidelined because of a left knee injury.
Last week against the Cowboys, with the help of a line that opened gaping holes, Anderson and Gurley each rushed for more than 100 yards. It marked the first time since 1997 that two backs from the same team eclipsed 100 yards in a playoff game.
The line also gave up no sacks, a performance quarterback Jared Goff would welcome Sunday.
Goff passed for 391 yards and three touchdowns, with an interception, in the first game against the Saints. He is not making any major changes for the rematch.
“Take care of the football, distribute the ball, be smart with it and win,” he said.
Said receiver Robert Woods: “Full confidence in Jared, full confidence in this offense, in this team. Really, no question marks should be held on this team on Sunday.”
There were questions about the Rams in December after a lackluster victory on the road against the Detroit Lions and losses to the Chicago Bears and the Eagles. But they closed the season with victories against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers before defeating the Cowboys and advancing to the conference championship game.
“We had a little bit of a lull there where everybody was ready to press the panic button, except for everybody” in the Rams’ organization, coach Sean McVay said.
Now they get another shot at the Saints. And a chance to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2001 season.
The formula for success is simple, according to Talib.