THOUSAND OAKS — Right after he got done breaking down the film of Sunday’s 30-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers, did Sean McVay allow himself a moment of joy for improving the NFL’s best road record since 2017 to 14-3?
The Rams’ coach was immediately drawn to road win No. 13.
The rematch of the NFC Championship Game overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints is this Sunday at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
McVay did a little personal scouting of the Saints’ 30-28 victory over the Houston Texans, won with a 58-yard field goal by Will Lutz as time expired.
“One of the most explosive teams offensively in NFL history,” McVay said. “They’re averaging more than 500 yards a game on oftense. We know what’s coming.”
So does Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman.
Robey-Coleman’s non-called pass interference on Tommylee Lewis with 1:45 to play last January outraged millions across NFL nation.
Especially when Robey-Coleman declared amid the champagne streams in the postgame locker room, “(Heck) yeah, it was pass interference.”
The NFL has since instituted one of its most sweeping rules changes ever, putting pass interference under the umbrella of video review.
In an eerie echo of history, officials blew a call late in the first half that improperly ran 10 seconds off the game clock and forced New Orleans into an an unsuccessful 58-yard field goal attempt.
“If we have the ball with 31 seconds left, not 15, we can get a lot closer for that field goal try,” said Saints quarterback Drew Brees. “That cannot happen
“This is the NFL. That cannot happen.”
Both teams have major changes eight months later.
Center Max Unger, the glue of the Saints offensive line, has retired. Running back Mark Ingram, considered the conscience of the New Orleans locker room, moved as a free agent to Baltimore.
Ndamukong Suh, who terrorized Brees in January, is now with Tampa Bay. Center John Sullivan and guard Rodger Saffold have also moved on.
“As soon as the schedule came out, we knew how big this game would be,” said Robey-Coleman, who’s scheduled for his own media session on Thursday. “It’s our home opener.”