The NFC Championship Game lived up to the considerable hype, as the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints needed overtime to determine a winner. In the end, the Rams advanced to the Super Bowl on an extremely long field goal and, in on-brand fashion, defensive back Marcus Peters caused a ruckus when he confronted Saints head coach Sean Payton immediately following the victory.
Still, the fireworks weren’t done there, as the Rams benefitted greatly from a controversial no-call on an obvious pass interference in the fourth quarter, producing quite a reaction from fans all over the country. After all was said and done, star running back Todd Gurley leaned into the bit, posting an amusing photograph that essentially joked about swapping “jerseys” with a referee following the game.
In case there was any doubt, this didn’t actually happen, but it’s also a brilliant piece of social media work from Gurley. It says a lot without expressly laying out his thoughts and, even on a day when he accumulated only 13 yards as a result of limited usage and a potential injury, Gurley got to make waves with the click of a button.
Not everyone will find this amusing and, of course, Saints fans won’t find joy in what Gurley chose to do in this spot. Still, he was able to make light of the fact that, yes, the Rams got lucky with the no-call, but Los Angeles is still about to embark on a two-week journey that will end on the brightest possible stage in Atlanta.