The biggest football game of the year is set, as both Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams take care of business on championship weekend to advance to the Super Bowl.
On Sunday, both AFC championship and NFC championship match-ups provided back-to-back classic games for football fans around the world.
On one hand, Cincinnati went into Arrowhead Stadium to secure a classic over-time victory over the favorites, The Chiefs, making a huge statement on the road against the home team.
Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow, said after the game that the whole team deserved credit for coming back to win the game after trailing 21-3 at one point of the match-up.
“Usually when you lose the coin flip to those guys, you’re going home," said Burrow, Bengals quarterback. "Our defense really stepped up and made plays in the second half. And on offense we made plays when we had to. I thought the offensive line played really well all day. We started running the ball there at the end and that’s exciting.
And hours later in Los Angeles, the LA Rams took care of business against their in-state rivals, San Francisco 49ers, in another wild finish. The visiting team from the Bay Area were up by double-digits heading into the fourth quarter of the game, before the Rams switched gears and turned the game around late in the evening.
With this victory, the Los Angeles Rams become the second team in NFL history to host the Super Bowl, one year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted and won last year's Super Bowl over the Kansas City Chiefs.
“You can’t write the story any better,” Rams Quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “I’m at a loss for words. I’m just having a blast playing ball with these guys and, shoot, we’ve got one more at the home stadium. Let’s get it done.”
The Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 13, at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.