Finally, there it was. The Los Angeles Rams survived another nail-biting thriller on Sunday night after escaping the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17 in the NFC Championship Game to punch their ticket to Super Bowl LVI.
For loyal fans of the Rams, the win was long overdue. Prior to it, the team was winless in six straight games against the 49ers.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. only joined the Rams last November, but apparently, he’s already aware of the squad’s history with the 49ers. After the game, he was more than happy to help in finally putting an end to the curse (via The Associated Press’ Greg Beacham).
“That 0-6, man. The story could not be written any better for us to play them in the NFC Championship and then shut the door.”
OBJ on beating the Niners: "That 0-6 … man. The story could not be written any better for us to play them in the NFC championship and then shut the door."
Von adds: "Feels good to get our lick back!"
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 31, 2022
As Beacham reported, linebacker Von Miller echoed Beckham’s sentiments. Like OBJ, Miller only joined the team last November after being traded by the Denver Broncos.
The Rams also evened their head-to-head with the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at 1-1. The 49ers drew first blood in 1989 with a 30-3 rout. Legendary Rams quarterback Jim Everett famously struggled in the contest.
Now, the Rams will battle for the Super Bowl crown with the surging Cincinnati Bengals. It will only be the second time in NFL history that two former no. 1 overall picks will square off in Super Bowl, as Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow try to lead their respective squads. The first time it occurred was in 2016 with Peyton Manning and Cam Newton.