Joe Buck and Troy Aikman could not picture this a few years ago.

That’s when the Fox broadcasters were watching one of Jared Goff’s first practices with the Rams and were not quite sure what they were seeing from the No. 1 pick.

“Goff was running the scout team and Troy and I looked at each other and said, ‘Man the ball is just coming out terribly,’ ” Buck recalled on a conference call this week.

“Jeff Fisher’s son was one of the defensive coaches and was yelling at Goff and I remember thinking, ‘Man they just paid a king’s ransom for the first pick overall and it was not an impressive day.’ Then he played and he went 0-7 and you started hearing that ‘b’ word thrown around. And ‘bust’ is not what you want to hear when you are the No. 1 pick.”

Goff has come a long way from being yelled at by the coach’s son. He has become one of the top quarterbacks in the league and is running a high-powered offense since Sean McVay replaced Fisher as head coach two seasons ago. That duo, along with Todd Gurley and an impressive defense, led the Rams to back-to-back NFC West titles and the franchise’s first playoff win in 14 seasons.

The Saints, with Drew Brees and Sean Payton, now stand between them and the Super Bowl.

“I do believe Jared Goff will win a Super Bowl and maybe more than one,” Aikman said. “He’s been outstanding and it certainly helps with the players around him and the play-caller around him in Sean McVay.

“He’s made throws this year that I would put against any throws ever, going back to my time or the ones I’ve seen as a broadcaster.”

The young-against-old quarterback matchup is not unique to the NFC. Tom Brady is practically preordained for championship weekend, having led the Patriots there eight straight times. Patrick Mahomes is the MVP favorite in his second year in the league and first as a starter for the Chiefs.

“You just don’t see any cracks in his armor,” SiriusXM Radio analyst and former Bears and Patriots quarterback Jim Miller said.

“It’s hard to believe that a second-year quarterback who doesn’t seem to have an off game. He always seems to prepare, he sounds like he’s a willing worker from everyone in the locker room. He’s extremely talented. How he takes to coaching is tremendous. You just can’t see him having a bad game.”

He won’t be able to afford one Sunday evening. When New England and Kansas City met in Week 6, Mahomes threw for 352 yards and four touchdowns, but that was not enough in a 43-40 loss. A Patriots win this time will get Brady and Bill Belichick to a third straight Super Bowl.

“I think everyone outside of New England is tired of New England being in the AFC Championship games,” Miller said. “Call it jealousy or wanting to see something different, you just have to marvel at what Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and the entire New England Patriots organization has done. The consistency of this dynasty has been unparalleled, I don’t know if we’ll ever see this again in terms of their dominance.”

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