Late for Work 1/21: Ravens, Media React to Insane Championship Games

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New England's opponent in Super Bowl LIII is the Los Angeles Rams, who won a thriller of their own in the NFC Championship game.

Many are saying that the Rams don't deserve to be in the Super Bowl after the refs missed what was supposedly a blatant pass interference call that would have potentially sealed the game for the Saints. He had no issue with it. Behind precocious QB Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs rallied from a scoreless, nearly yard-less first half to take a couple of leads in the fourth quarter, fall back, then tie at 31 with a field goal off a drive that began with less than a minute remaining. Anderson ran for 44 yards on 16 carries, so it's not as if he shredded the Rams. With the clock winding down, they drove for a tying field goal.

The NFL's horrific officiating reached its nadir during Championship Sunday, with the missed pass interference call on Nickell Robey-Coleman probably costing the Saints their second ever Super Bowl appearance.

New Orleans head coach Sean Payton isn't pulling any punches about the officiating mistake that caused his team's season to end. Los Angeles went on to win in overtime, 26-23.

Later in the game, Flowers - who played every snap (52) on defense for the first time this season - had another quarterback hit that forced an incompletion and punt, and also notched another solo tackle. When African American players used their visibility during televised games as an opportunity to protest the deadly effects of entrenched racism in America, uncle Ricks and cousin Hanks from Orange County to Orange Beach, Alabama, burned their expensive National Football League jerseys in protest. Playing in his first road playoff game in what could only be described as a hostile environment, Goff finished 25-of-40 passing for 297 yards with a touchdown and an interception. New Orleans scored a touchdown to take a 20-10 lead, but Goff led the offense right back down the field, capping it with a one-yard touchdown to Higbee. As a rookie, Goff made seven winless starts as the Rams stumbled to a 4-12 season, and coach Jeff Fisher was sacked.

The controversial no-call came in the Saints' final drive in the fourth quarter.

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