NFL Game Previews: Conference Championship Matchups
NFL Game Previews: Conference Championship Matchups

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L.A. Rams (+3) at New Orleans, 56.5 o/u – Sunday, 3:05 p.m. EST

The Story: It's funny how both the conference title games mirror each other Both teams met in the regular season and had fairly epic clashes. Both contests feature one of the NFL's hot young gunslingers at QB facing down a future first ballot Hall of Famer. And all four teams are marshalled by guys who are usually considered among the best head coaches in the game. While it's always fun to root for underdogs and cinderellas, sometimes you just want to see the best go against the best, and depending on how you feel about the Chargers or Bears, these were the four best teams in the NFL this season. The Rams have been here before – had their Week 9 matchup with the Saints been in L.A. instead of N.O., they could well have been hosting this one too, but that 45-35 loss has them right back in the Superdome on the road to the Super Bowl. The story of their run-up to and through the postseason has been the emergence of C.J. Anderson. With Todd Gurley not quite 100 percent healthy, they brought in the former Bronco to handle the load in the backfield down the stretch, and he did so well they kept him in the game plan last week against the Cowboys even with Gurley healthy again. The result? A combined 238 rushing yards and three TDs from the duo against

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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