Inside the Numbers: Conference Championships

January 19, 2019

Sunday is going to be fun. The Rams visit the Saints for the NFC title and the AFC Crown is on the line as the Chiefs welcome the Patriots in the nightcap. Get ready for the day of Championship games with just the facts, here at GetSportsInfo.com.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (14-3) at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (14-3)
Sunday 3:05 pm airing on Fox
Opening line: Saints -3
Record against Spread: Los Angeles (8-7-2), New Orleans (10-7)
Series record: Rams lead 41-34
Last week’s results: Rams over Cowboys 30-22, Saints over Eagles 20-14
Saints won last meeting with Rams 45-35 (Nov. 4, 2018)

Rankings:
Rams Offense: Rush (3), Pass(5), Overall(2)
Rams Defense: Rush(23), Pass(14), Overall(19)
Saints Offense: Rush (3), Pass(5), Overall(2)
Saints Defense: Rush(23), Pass(14), Overall(19)

Notes and sundry thoughts – Saints have won two of last three meetings, and only playoff matchup (2000 in New Orleans), with Rams…Both Saints and Rams have won division two years in a row…Rams offense was best in NFC in yards (421.1) and points (32.9) per game…Jared Goff’s 4,688 yards passing in regular season ranked fourth in NFL. He completed 28 of 40 for 391 yards, three TDs and INT in Week 9 loss at New Orleans. Goff completed 15 of 28 for 186 yards in playoff win over Cowboys…Goff, along with LB Cory Littleton, RB Todd Gurley (All-Pro), and DT Aaron Donald (Only unanimous All-Pro) will represent LA in the Pro Bowl…Los Angeles had two 100+ yard rushers last week in win over Dallas. Gurley racked up 115 yards and a score while C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two TDs…Rams also had two receivers with 80+ catches in Brandin Cooks (80, 1,204 yds) and Robert Woods (86, 1,219 yds)…Saints have won last seven home playoff games…Saints had five players voted to 2019 Pro Bowl: T Terron Armstead, Brees, DE Cam Jordan, WR Michael Thomas, an All-Pro, and C Max Unger…Drew Brees was 28-of-38 for 301 yds, two TDs, and one interception in Divisional Round win over Eagles…Alvin Kamara ranked 2nd in NFL with 18 scrimmage TDs, three behind Gurley’s NFL-best 21…Michael Thomas had 12 catches for 211 yards, 72-yard TD in last meeting with Rams…Saints’ defense ranked second against run, allowing 80.2 yards per game in 2018, but lost top DT Sheldon Rankins to Achilles tendon injury last week…CB Marshon Lattimore had two INTs last week, his first career playoff INTs

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-5) AT KANSAS CITY (13-4)
Sunday 6:40 pm airing on CBS
Opening line: Chiefs -3
Record against Spread: New England (10-7), Kansas City (10-6-1)
Series record: Chiefs lead 18-15-3
Last week’s results: Patriots over Chargers 41-28, Chiefs over Colts 31-13
Patriots won last meeting with Chiefs 43-40 (Oct. 14, 2018)

Rankings:
Patriots Offense: Rush (5), Pass(8), Overall(5)
Patriots Defense: Rush(11), Pass(22), Overall(21)
Chiefs Offense: Rush (16), Pass(3), Overall(1)
Chiefs Defense: Rush(27), Pass(31), Overall(31)

Notes and sundry thoughts – Kansas City is hosting first AFC title game in franchise history. AFC championship trophy is named after Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt…Chiefs have lost one game in six at Arrowhead against the Patriots…Patriots beat Chiefs 27-20 in Foxborough in January 2016 in only playoff meeting…Patriots’ Bill Belichick is winningest active coach with 290 wins. Chiefs’ Andy Reid is second with 207…With the best playoff winning percentage (.636), New England is 10-4 in AFC Championship game…New England could become first team since Buffalo (1991-94) to reach Super Bowl after losing it previous season…Patriots haven’t won a road playoff game since 2006 (24-21 at Chargers, Divisional Round)…Tom Brady holds postseason records for TD passes (72), yards passing (10,569), playoff wins (28) and 300-yard passing games in playoffs (15). … Brady is 8-4 in AFC championship games, going 6-1 at home but 2-3 on road…Julian Edelman (98) is second in playoff receptions behind Jerry Rice (151)…Patriots RB James White tied Darren Sproles’ NFL postseason record with 15 catches, totaling 97 yards, in 41-28 win over Chargers last week. … Patriots RB Sony Michel had four 100-yard rushing games in regular season and another against Chargers…Chiefs beat Colts last Saturday for first home playoff win since Jan. 8, 1994. .. Reid is coaching in sixth conference title game. … Chiefs held Colts to 0 for 9 on third downs. … Kansas City is 8-1 at home this season. … Chiefs led NFL in scoring at 35.3 points per game, third-best total in league history…Patrick Mahomes is sixth All-Pro quarterback to face Patriots in Belichick-Brady era. Patriots are 4-1 against previous five…Damien Williams ran for 129 yards against Colts, third-best playoff total in franchise history…Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill, AP’s All-Pro flex player, has five TDs of 50 yards or more this season. He has 18 plays of 50 yards in three seasons. … Kansas City led NFL in first-quarter point differential at plus-91. … Chiefs have scored at least 26 points in every game.

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