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Florida connections helped Rams upset Saints-go to Superbowl

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The magical turnaround of the L.A. Rams continued on Sunday night, when a team that was one of the worst in the NFL just two years ago qualified with the Superbowl with a 26 – 23 OT upset of the top seeded New Orleans Saintats in the NFC Championship game.

And, there were Florida connections all over the Superdome helping L.A. produce the upset.

Former Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, whom Miami discarded for salary cap reasons in March, played huge for the Rams on Sunday. Suh registered 1.5 sacks (above) and had another tackle for loss, as the L.A. defense continued to come up with large plays on QB Drew Brees throughout the game.

Next, Clearwater, FL native Rams tight end Tyler Higbee  caught a third-quarter one-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to pull the Rams within 20 – 17. Higbee later caught a pass in the sudden death overtime that helped set up Greg Zuerlein’s game winning field goal. Higbee, a former fourth round pick, finished with four catches for 25 yards on the day.

And, arguably the biggest play of the game for Los Angeles came in that sudden that overtime, when newly acquired Rams defensive end Dante Fowler, a former number one pick of the Jaguars, hammered Brees, as he attempted to throw. Josh Johnson came down with the interception for the Rams.

And, they quickly moved into field goal range for Zeurlein’s game winner.

Fowler, whom the Jaguars gave up on in the final year of his rookie deal, finished Sunday with five tackles, 1/2 a sack and another tackle for loss. Plus, the QB hit on Brees in the OT.

Jacksonville traded, the St.Petersburg native and former Gator, in part because of his off field issues. This included his arrest in the summer of 2017 for assault in an apartment complex parking lot fight. Plus, last August, he was also suspended in training camp by coach Doug Marrone for trying to fight teammate and fellow defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue.

Now, Fowler, Suh and Higbee will all get the opportunity to play for a ring with the Rams in two weeks at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.

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