Ramczyk, Saints one win away from Super Bowl
Portage County Gazette
Stevens Point native Ryan Ramczyk is one win away from playing in the Super Bowl following the New Orleans Saints’ 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoffs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans Sunday, Jan. 13.
The top-seeded Saints (13-3) will host the second-seeded Los Angeles Rams (13-3) in the NFC Championship Game at 2:05 p.m. Central Sunday, Jan. 20, with a trip to Super Bowl LIII on the line.
New Orleans fell behind 14-0 against the sixth-seeded and defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles (9-7) last Sunday with 4:37 left in the first quarter, before the Saints converted a fake punt to keep a second-quarter drive alive, which was later capped by a two-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal to pull the team within 14-7 with 7:23 to go in the first half.
New Orleans added a 45-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in the second quarter to go into halftime down 14-10, then scored on a two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Brees to wide receiver Michael Thomas to give the team Saints a 17-14 lead with 1:40 to play in the third quarter.
Kicker Will Lutz had a 39-yard field goal with 10:28 left in the fourth quarter to give New Orleans a 20-14 lead, while the Eagles reached the New Orleans 27-yard line with under two minutes to play, when cornerback Marshon Lattimore intercepted a tipped pass with 1:52 remaining to help the Saints seal the 20-14 win.
Ramczyk, a former Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) standout and the starter at right tackle in his second year in the NFL, helped the Saints rush for 137 yards on 31 carries and rack up 420 yards of total offense, as New Orleans rallied for its biggest come-from-behind victory in the franchise’s playoff history.
The win sent the Saints to play the Rams in the NFC Championship Game, which will be broadcast on FOX, after New Orleans won 45-35 at home against the Rams in Week 9 Nov. 4.
The winner Sunday will play either the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) or the second-seeded New England Patriots (11-5) in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Sunday, Feb. 3.
With a win over the Rams, Ramczyk would be the first Stevens Point native to ever play in a Super Bowl.