You also have the battle of head coaches with the 2017 Coach Of The Year Sean McVay, and one of the best in the game in Sean Payton.
New England demolished the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 on Sunday, scoring a franchise-tying 35 points in the first half.
The first and only playoff meeting between the two teams came in 2000, when the Aaron Brooks-led Saints upset the defending Super Bowl champion Rams in the Superdome. "We're going to go there and give it our best shot". Brees proved unstoppable in the first half of that November 4 meeting, as he shredded the Rams' defense to build a 21-point lead.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees took control of the game, leading to 20 unanswered points.
The tricky part is that the Saints will often put Kamara and Thomas near one another on the field, forcing some of these Rams pass defenders to win one-on-one. "You feel me? Yeah", Peters said at the time.
"Well you know you can't use 100 percent of the same game plan that you used to beat that team before", Anderson said on Sunday. But things like that, I'm going to be ready to play just as much as they're going to be ready to play. And both teams won 13 games in the regular season, making this the ninth conference championship game between 13-win teams in postseason history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Behind a well-schooled offensive line, and with QB Jared Goff's anticipation throwing and WRs Robert Woods's and Brandin Cooks's attention to route-running detail, Los Angeles has the most proficient play-action game in football. The Saints fans were loud that game against the Vikings, and they'll be loud against the Rams.
That got me thinking back to the last time the Saints played in the NFC Championship Game.