The previous matchup between the Saints and Rams felt like a playoff game.
The Rams entered the Week 9 contest undefeated and the Saints, who will again host Los Angeles on Sunday, used star wide receiver Michael Thomas and veteran quarterback Drew Brees to hand the visitors their first loss of the season.
Many people, from fans to media, had a feeling these two teams would meet again and so did a few Saints.
“We kind of had the idea that we’d see them again,” linebacker A.J. Klein said, via NFL.com. “After that game being a shootout the way it was, we got a game up on them as far as the in-conference battle. I don’t want to say I foresaw this matchup happening, but we knew we’d see them again at some point.”
Running back Mark Ingram agreed: “You could kind of feel it — that could be the NFC Championship game if we both handled our business. So, we both handled our business and here we go again.”
Since the two teams’ midseason meeting, New Orleans finished the regular season 13-3, won the NFC South and secured the No. 1 seed in for the playoffs.
The Rams (13-3) matched the Saints’ record, won the NFC West and clinched the No. 2 seed.
“It was a hard-fought game on both sides of the ball,” Brees said of the previous game. “But I think we had a feeling then that obviously we aspired to be in this situation and we all had a feeling that they we’re going to be the team that we might face again. So, here we are.”
The Saints are favored by 3 1/2 points against the Rams, according to Vegas Insider.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET.