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Stephen A. Smith's Saints vs. Rams Prediction Is In

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This weekend should be a treat for NFL fans, as the Los Angeles Rams will battle the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

Los Angeles showed its ability to lean on its rushing attack instead of its quarterback in the divisional round of the playoffs. The dynamic duo of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson combined for 238 rushing yards against the Dallas Cowboys.

New Orleans didn't look impressive at all in its 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend, but the experience of Drew Brees might just be the difference in this matchup.

These two offensive juggernauts combined for 80 points in their Week 9 meeting during the regular season.

Although the Rams are entering this rematch with tons of confidence, Stephen A. Smith believes the Saints will prevail and punch their ticket to the Super Bowl.

"I think it's going to be a nail-biter, but I'm going with the home team. I'm going with the Saints. I can't see anybody beating New Orleans in New Orleans, particularly these Rams," Smith said on ESPN's First Take. 

His full prediction for the game can be heard here:

Expect takeaways and time of possession to be two key factors in a game of this magnitude.

Los Angeles and New Orleans will kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET from Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Either Sean McVay will become the youngest coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl or Sean Payton will be one win away from another championship. Regardless of the outcome, this Sunday is setting up to be an instant classic.