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WATCH: Rams Punter Johnny Hekker Completes Fake Punt Pass in NFC Championship

Sports Illustrated logo Sports Illustrated 1/20/2019 Michael Shapiro

CAPTION: Los Angeles Rams' Johnny Hekker throws for a first down during the first half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. © (AP Photo/John Bazemore) CAPTION: Los Angeles Rams' Johnny Hekker throws for a first down during the first half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans.

Rams head coach Sean McVay pulled out a special-teams trick to help his ailing offense on Sunday, calling a fake punt on Los Angeles' third drive of the afternoon. 

McVay called on punter Johnny Hekker to execute a fake punt pass to cornerback Sam Shields. The pass was complete for 12 yards, keeping the Rams' drive alive in the NFC Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. 

Watch Hekker's completion below: 

The bold play-call boosted the Rams' offense. Los Angeles drove into field-goal range after the conversion and earned its first points of the afternoon on a 36-yard field goal from kicker Greg Zurlein. New Orleans held a 13-3 lead after Zurlein's kick. 

Hekker ranked No. 7 in the NFL in punting average this season. He's completed 12 of 20 pass attempts in his career. 

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