Ben Maller says the better team won on Sunday.
That was the final score as the Patriots stunned the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime.
The resulting Super Bowl will be a contrast of familiarity with novelty, experience with youth.
The Rams went on the win the game and eliminate New Orleans from the playoffs.
Shula's 347 career wins tops the National Football League list for head coaches but Bill Belichick is not very far behind. Their stars have grown up watching Brady and Belichick; quarterback Jared Goff is 24, as is star running back Todd Gurley, and defensive stalwarts Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers and Dante Fowler are all 28 or younger.
Mahomes, seeking to do in his second year what Russell Wilson did as a sophomore - reach and win a Super Bowl - was not allowed to fire in OT. After church, it's family time, she said, including the New England Patriots in that family mix.
One thing that is unusual is that the Patriots are a slight underdog against the top-seeded Chiefs. "The one thing I respect about the refs today is that they let the guys compete and they let the guys play", said Rams head coach Sean McVay. Playing in his first road playoff game in what could only be described as a hostile environment, Goff finished 25-of-40 passing for 297 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The drive against an exhausted defence was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to overtime two years ago.
After pulling to within 13-10 at the half, the Rams began the third quarter as cold as the unseasonably outdoor weather here this weekend, and as cold as they'd played throughout the first quarter.
Zuerlein's 57-yard game victor obviously takes the cake, but he also hit a 48-yard field goal to send the game into overtime with 15 seconds left. He drove his team into field goal position to tie the game, but Burkhead's short run cemented the Patriots' victory in the only possession of overtime after a coin toss determined who would receive the ball.
New Orleans had gone ahead less than two minutes earlier with a 31-yard field goal.
Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant interference penalty with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Tommylee Lewis that was not called. The team moved to St. Louis in 1995, only to return to L.A. two decades later. Zuerlein nailed his victor with 11:43 left in the extra quarter - the first thing all afternoon to totally quiet a raucous, loud throng whose screaming, Rams players and coaches admitted afterward, really messed up their communications at times.
Gurley wasn't involved in the controversial play.