Rams, Pats going to Super Bowl

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The upcoming Super Bowl will be a rematch of the 2001-02 title game.

Lincoln native Greg Zuerlein kicked the Los Angeles Rams into the Super Bowl, and Patriots are headed back there for the third straight year and the ninth time in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.

Zuerlein drilled a 57-yard field goal in overtime to complete the Rams' comeback in a 26-23 victory over the Saints in the NFC Championship Game at the New Orleans Superdome. The game-ending kick came after Drew Brees heaved a fluttering pass that was picked off by John Johnson III on the first drive of the extra period.

The Rams are in the Super Bowl for the first time since their loss to New England in the 2002 game at the Superdome. It's also the first time Los Angeles has a Super Bowl team since the 1979 Rams fell to Pittsburgh.

The Patriots also needed overtime before former Husker Rex Burkhead's 2-yard TD run gave them a 37-31 victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game at Kansas City. New England won the toss before Brady drove the team 75 yards in less than five minutes.

It's the first year both conference title games went to OT. The last time both visitors won conference championship matches was 2012.

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