"I think some of those deep balls that we hit and some of the stuff down the field that we hit allowed us to settle in, allowed me to settle in for sure, and just kind of realize, 'OK we're good" - just kind of relax and play our game".
For the third season in a row, and fifth time in the past six seasons, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft will arrange their smugness at the Super Bowl in a sly fashion so that the condescension fits behind a false front of humility.
Goff, 24, is the fourth-youngest quarterback to win in the conference championship round, according to ESPN Stats & Information. When asked if he was healthy, Gurley told reporters, "Yeah". "He did his thing, man, and we really appreciate him".
"It wasn't always flawless, but guys made enough plays", Rams head coach Sean McVay said. There were a series of close replay reviews, but to credit the officiating crew they seemed to get each of those calls right.
Troy Aikman says the Rams came back from 21 down before but this game "doesn't have that kind of feel" and then notes they are now down 10. It was evident as the Rams stumbled through the first quarter and the Saints scored 13-unanswered points.
The Rams weren't able to do much offensively, but it didn't matter.
"Trying to communicate, it was hard", Goff said. "We certainly have an opinion, and we've got to go out there and execute our best in order to accomplish that".
After pulling to within 13-10 at the half, the Rams began the third quarter as cold as the unseasonably outdoor weather here this weekend, and as cold as they'd played throughout the first quarter. Behind precocious QB Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs rallied from a scoreless, nearly yard-less first half to take a couple of leads in the fourth quarter, fall back, then tie at 31 with a field goal off a drive that began with less than a minute remaining.
"Overtime, on the road against a great team", Brady said. "That's a special player".
A Rex Burkhead touchdown in overtime led the Patriots to victory with a 37-31 win over the Chiefs. But there's no question that the officials blew an easy call that affected the way the game progressed in the final minutes. "He's an incredibly poised guy".
That streak started against who else?
But in his second season, and in McVay's first as coach, Goff led the Rams to 11 wins and an NFC West title.
Rams nickel cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman blasted Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis and admitted after the game he wasn't concerned about the penalty - he thought is was a certainty - but was focused exclusively on not allowing a game-ending touchdown.