RAMS over Saints by 3

Whew. Thanks to the slippery hands of Philadelphia WR Alshon Jeffrey, the Saints survived a huge scare from the Eagles to advance to the title game at home where New Orleans stands 6-0 all-time in the postseason behind QB Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton. On the other hand, though, N’Awlins owns disparate stats similar to those outlined in the Chiefs/Pats game as the Saints are surrendering 24.3 PPG at home as opposed to only 18.5 PPG away this season.

On the flip side, the Rams coughed up 27.4 PPG in the Coliseum this season, but only 19.9 PPG away. Those are some noticeable home-road scoring dichotomies. Furthermore, Los Angeles is back on the come, riding a 3-0 SUATS win skein into this contest, which is good news for the Rams considering that away teams in championship games on a 3-0 ATS win streak are 4-0 SUATS when facing foes that scored 20 or fewer points in their last game. We realize the Saints have the identical look (teams wins, playoff seed, common opponent wins – Eagles and Rams – and losses) of the 2009 team that won the Super Bowl, but Sean McVay was not on the opposing sideline back then. With L.A. a stellar 14-3 SU away from the Coliseum under McVay, we point out the fact that there have been a total of 13 upset underdog winners in Championship Round games since 2000. Is this another?