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Saints eye another Super Bowl after beating Eagles

Comeback kings the New Orleans Saints are hoping a return to the National Football Conference title game next weekend will be a lucky charm.

The Saints, who overcame the reigning Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles for a 20-14 divisional victory on Sunday, took home the league trophy the last time they made the conference championship in the 2009 season playoffs.

Drew Brees and company, the NFC top seeds, will meet the Los Angeles Rams in New Orleans next Sunday for the conference title with a shot at football’s biggest prize on the line. The winners of that contest will face the AFC champion team, either the Kansas City Chiefs or the New England Patriots, in Super Bowl LIII on February 3 in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Sunday in New Orleans, Philadelphia and magical backup quarterback Nick Foles put the Saints in a 0-14 first-quarter hole but the Eagles were unable to get another point on the board.

Brees, the most valuable player in the Super Bowl XLIV triumph, shook off an early interception to throw for 301 yards and two touchdowns.

Foles, who stepped in for injured Carson Wentz to lead Philadelphia to the Super Bowl last year, was never going to give up and he had the Eagles at the New Orleans 27 in the fourth quarter before an interception ended their dreams.

The NFC second seeds, the Rams will be seeking their fourth conference title but a first since moving back to Los Angeles from St Louis in 2016.

Sunday’s Patriots-Chiefs game will match one of the league’s best young quarterbacks, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, against five-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady of New England.

New England will be going for its eighth consecutive conference title — and 11th overall — while top-seeded Kansas City will be looking for its second as the Chiefs line up in the conference championships for the first time since 1994.

Rookie Sony Michel had 129 yards rushing and three TDs to spur the fast-starting Patriots to a 41-28 divisional win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.


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