(St. Louis-AP) -- The St. Louis Rams are in the Super Bowl for the second time in three years. They fell behind in the first half, rallied in the second, then held off Philadelphia 29-24 to win the NFC Championship game. They'll meet the New England Patriots next Sunday in New Orleans.
The Rams, down 17-to-13 at the half, dominated the third quarter and moved ahead with nine points. They ran 22 of the quarter's 28 plays, scoring on Jeff Wilkins' third field goal and Marshall Faulk's one-yard touchdown run.
Faulk finished with 159 rushing yards. Isaac Bruce had eight receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. Kurt Warner was 22-of-33 for 212 yards. All-Pro cornerback Aeneas Williams stopped Philadelphia's last threat with his sixth career playoff interception.
(Pittsburgh-AP) -- Two touchdowns from special teams and a TD toss from the backup quarterback have put New England in the Super Bowl. The Patriots beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh 24-to-17 in today's AFC Championship game.
Troy Brown returned a punt 55 yards for one of the New England touchdowns and was part of a blocked field goal return combination that produced another TD.
Drew Bledsoe, playing for the first time since September, threw an eleven-yard TD pass to David Patten shortly after starter Tom Brady left with an injured leg late in the first half.
Those scores built a 21-3 lead that withstood a Steeler rally in the second half.
Meanwhile, the New England defense held Jerome Bettis to eight rushing yards on nine carries. Kordell Stewart threw for 255 yards but was picked off twice in the game's final three minutes. The Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the third time. They lost the title game in 1986 and 1997.
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