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Game Notes: New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams - NFC Championship

  • With the loss, the Saints’ 2018 season comes to a close in the NFC Championship game. The Saints fall to 1-2 all time in Conference Championships.
  • The Saints’ loss moves their all-time postseason record to 9-11 and moves their home playoff record to 7-4. This is New Orleans’ first playoff loss in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since the 1992 Wild Card Playoff loss to Philadelphia.
  • The loss is Saints Head Coach Sean Payton’s first home playoff loss. His all-time postseason record falls to 8-6, and his home playoff record falls to 6-1.
  • The Saints and Rams’ all-time postseason series is now tied at 1-1.
  • Today’s game was the seventh Conference Championship game to go to overtime in the Super Bowl era, including the 2009 NFC Championship in which the Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 31-28. The road team is now 5-2 in those games.
  • This game joins the 2009 NFC Championship as the only Saints postseason games to go to overtime. The Saints fall to 1-1 in such contests.
  • Rams’ K Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard game-winning field goal in overtime is tied for the third longest field goal in NFL playoff history, and second-longest against New Orleans in the playoffs (Graham Gano’s 58-yard field goal in the 2017 Wild Card Playoff game).
  • Including playoff games, the Saints’ defense finished the season with 27 takeaways, the team’s most since 2009.
  • Playing in his franchise-record 14th playoff game as a Saint, QB Drew Brees finished 26-of-40 passing for 249 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Brees now has 408 career postseason completions, surpassing Dan Marino for sixth place all-time. Brees’ 249 passing yards also breaks a tie with Marino, giving him sole possession of seventh place all-time with 4,759 postseason passing yards. Brees’ two touchdown passes give him 33 career postseason touchdowns, surpassing Marino for sole possession of sixth all-time.
  • With touchdown passes to TE Garrett Griffin and QB Taysom Hill, Brees threw a touchdown pass to nine different undrafted free agents this season, including the playoffs, which is the most in the common draft era (since 1967). Brees connected with 14 different players for touchdown passes this season, which is the most in NFL history.
  • RB Alvin Kamara totaled a postseason high in receptions and receiving yards, finishing with 11 receptions for 96 yards. Kamara’s 11 receptions ties for the most by any running back in a conference championship game with Jerick McKinnon, who had 11 receptions for Minnesota in the 2017 NFC Championship.
  • With 31 yards on 9 carries, RB Mark Ingram II moved into first in club history in rushing yards in the regular season and postseason combined, with 6,284, surpassing Deuce McAllister.
  • WR Ted Ginn finished the game with three receptions for 58 yards, including a 43-yard catch on the Saints’ final drive of regulation, his longest reception of this season (regular season and postseason).
  • K Wil Lutz converted 3 field goals and 2 extra points, moving into second in franchise history with 32 postseason points scored, surpassing Morten Andersen.
  • TE Garrett Griffin scored a touchdown on his first career postseason reception. His five-yard catch capped a Saints’ 8-play, 68-yard first quarter drive. Griffin became the 19th different player and 16th Saint teammate to catch a postseason touchdown from Drew Brees in Brees’ career
  • QB Taysom Hill became the 20th different player and 17th Saint teammate in the postseason to catch a touchdown pass from Drew Brees on his third quarter two-yard touchdown reception.
  • WR Michael Thomas recorded 4 catches for 36 yards and moves into a tie with Devery Henderson for second in Saints’ history with 31 postseason receptions.
  • Playing in his second career playoff game LB Demario Davis led the Saints with 14 tackles, recorded a pass defense, a tackle for loss, and his first career postseason interception, picking off Jared Goff on the Rams’ first drive of the game. Davis’ only other interception of his career came as a member of the New York Jets, intercepting Drew Brees in Week 9 of the 2013 season.
  • CB P.J. Williams finished with a career postseason-high eight tackles, adding one pass defensed.
  • DE Cameron Jordan recorded an eight-yard sack of Jared Goff on Los Angeles’ first drive of the fourth quarter, and now has a club-best 4.5 postseason sacks in his career. Jordan finished the game with three tackles

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