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2018 Schedule
13-3, 1st in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton had a great answer when asked when he felt like he started "clicking" with the city of New Orleans, where he has now coached for 13 years: "Well, the first reason you click with a city is you win, right? I mean, it may feel like home, I could love it here. (But) if you're not winning, then somehow you're not clicking with the city."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams intend to practice on the grass today, and Sean McVay sounded confident they could get at least some work in on the turf because they had a tarp covering the field. If not, they'll have to practice under the giant tent, which sits on asphalt. The Rams explored traveling elsewhere to practice under normal conditions, but decided it would be best not to disrupt the normal rhythm of the week.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said he "did a disservice" to Marcus Peters the first time they played the Saints. "He didn't have any help," Phillips said. "We learn as we go."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like it's still pouring rain at the Rams' facility. That means their padded and most important practice of the week will take place in that makeshift airplane hangar that is sitting in their parking lot, on asphalt. It really hardly rains in Southern California. Of all weeks, it rains on this one.

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The Right Time: Bo & Mina talk Conference Championships

Bomani is joined by Mina Kimes to discuss the Conference Championships coming this weekend in the NFL Playoffs, including the comical "underdog" story of the Patriots (6:25). Bo makes his final plea for the Rams to spare us a Super Bowl in Atlanta with the Saints representing the NFC (26:29) and they close with a nuanced conversation about problematic names that you just don't hear anymore (52:03).

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'Does experience matter?' Barnwell & Graziano preview the NFC Championship

Bill and Dan Graziano of ESPN preview the NFC Championship matchup in the NFL Postseason of Rams-Saints. Does experience matter between Sean McVay and Sean Payton? Can Aqib Talib slow down Michael Thomas? Will Andrus Peat hold up against Aaron Donald? What's the best offensive strategy going to be for both teams? Those questions and so much more answered.

Young: Goff's success could be reliant on run game (0:43)
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22hAlden Gonzalez

Gumbo rift in past, according to Peters, Payton

Rams cornerback Marcus Peters took exception to a comment from Saints coach Sean Payton after the teams met earlier this season, but they spoke highly of each other Wednesday in advance of Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees got to enjoy an early 40th birthday party/victory party after Sunday's game. But he said his actual birthday on Tuesday was "a very normal day. Come in early and get grinding on the film. Get home in time for dinner and hang out with the kids, have a little cake, and read bedtime stories, and tell them to quit talking and laughing and go to bed." Brees famously held up his 1-year-old son, Baylen, after winning the Super Bowl nine years ago. Now back in the NFC title game for the first time since, he has four kids and said they're "so football-crazed now, that's what makes this fun." He said the other day that he was touched when his middle son, Bowen, said his favorite thing to do is "go to the Saints facility with my Dad."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints officially placed DT Sheldon Rankins on injured reserve with his torn Achilles on Wednesday. Other than that massive loss, their injury report was manageable. WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) and TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not practice Wednesday. G Andrus Peat (hand), T Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and C Max Unger (knee) were limited.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams LT Andrew Whitworth, born and raised in Louisiana, said he won three high school state titles at the Superdome, in addition to a national championship while at LSU. "That place means a lot to me," he said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams CB Marcus Peters, on Sean Payton: "I see y'all trying to make it something it's not, man. Just all respect to Sean Payton. I just love the fact that he's a competitor. It wasn't nothing to be disrespectful. I was pissed off."

Bruschi and Fox like the Saints at home (1:28)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton wasn't asked directly about Marcus Peters' "gumbo" comments at first. Instead he was asked if he's more of a chicken and andouille or seafood gumbo kind of guy. Payton said next question, but smiled and said he knew where the reporter was going with the question. ... When asked a follow-up, Payton said he has a lot of respect for Peters, and the Saints' goal in the 2015 draft was actually to come away with "Peat and Peters" with their two first-round picks — but they missed out on Peters.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

What a year it's been for Saints LB Demario Davis. He has never been to the playoffs before choosing New Orleans this year. And now he's doing this before the NFC Championship Game.

How does Saints' defense stop Gurley, Anderson? (1:41)
Talib the key to stopping Saints' star Thomas (1:05)
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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LT Terron Armstead said the Rams' defensive front is "stacked, for sure." But he said, "We've got a front five that we feel like we can put up against anybody in the league."

Team Stats

Passing Yards252.612th
Rushing Yards126.66th
Points For31.53rd
Points Against22.1