Excitement over Rams win tempered by controversy

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

 

LA Rams 26 – New Orleans Saints 23

The Los Angeles Rams are going to the Super Bowl. However, that’s not the biggest news surrounding the team this after their win over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game Sunday. A missed call late in regulation is.

Yes, there was an obvious third-down pass interference. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis and the Saints didn’t get the chance for a first down that could have run out the clock.

Instead, New Orleans was left with having to kick a field goal, giving the Rams 15 seconds to tie the game. While the field goal gave the Saints the lead, a penalty MIGHT have given them the win. But would it have? We will never know. What would the narrative be today had that potential field goal NOT gone in?

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The Super Bowl is on the line for the Rams on Sunday

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

The NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints may be held in the Big Easy, but this matchup will be anything but. 

This is a rematch of Week 9, a game that the Saints won. Could the Rams have won? Yes. Should the Rams have won? I vote yes.

Still, the Rams finished the season at 13-3, tied for the best record in the NFL. Only problem? The team they tied with IS the Saints.

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Packers fans: let’s look ahead

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

For the second consecutive season, the Green Bay Packers have failed to make the playoffs. It’s as odd to write as it is to think about.

Am I holding onto the Packers “glory days?” Can the Packers top the NFC again? Will they ever be the same Green Bay Packers we know they can be?

They are going to have to do a lot of work in this offseason to get back to the caliber we have come to expect from this team. Rather than lamenting about this season, let’s stop the grumbling and look ahead to the draft and next season.

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Goff gets back in rhythm leading the Rams to a 31-9 victory

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyRK78

Rams 31 – Cardinals 9

Admit it. You (read: ME!) were a bit scared upon learning that LA Rams running back Todd Gurley wasn’t going to be playing Sunday. Sidelined with a bum left knee, I WAS nervous that might have the potential to lead us to a third consecutive loss. Luckily, the Rams newest pickup, running back C.J. Anderson more than stepped up in Gurley’s absence, rushing for more than 160 yards and getting a touchdown.

It’s not that I don’t have confidence in the team. I still think the Rams will win the Super Bowl. Losing two games in a row was just so odd and not something we have seen the Rams do this season. So, ok. I got nervous. I’m over it now and when a friend texted me late Sunday night asking “Do you think we can beat the 49ers?” I immediately replied with an enthusiastic “Yes!”

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Packers fall to Bears, are eliminated from playoffs

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78 

Bears 24 -Packers 17

I know that usually an article would come out immediately following a game. However, I needed a couple of days.

I needed a few days to get over my disappointment. I needed a couple of days so that when I did start to write this article, I wasn’t doing so from a place of anger.

Mostly though, I have just been bummed out.

If this were my usual Green Bay Packers article, I’d go through Sunday’s game. I’d break it down a bit, with a little bit of my own analysis of what went wrong and what went right. Sadly, it really doesn’t matter. With two weeks left in the regular NFL season, the Packers have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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Packers playoff hopes will be made or lost in Chicago

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

It was pretty strange not seeing Mike McCarthy on the sidelines Sunday when the Green Bay Packers welcomed the Atlanta Falcons.

And while it’s still too early to make any big statements on the future of this season for the Packers, we have to love seeing the team put up a season-high 34 points.

I feel like the Packers played with more energy than they have so far this season, and definitely executed more efficiently than they have been. Is this Joe Philbin’s doing? Were they players responding to something they’ve wanted to have happen for as long as us fans have?

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LA Rams come out on top in epic battle with the Kansas City Chiefs

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LucyRK78

LA Rams 54 – Kansas City Chiefs 51

White rally towels flickered throughout the stadium reading “LA Together,” as the LA Rams dedicated Monday night’s game to first responders and those affected by the California wildfires and the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks.

Members of the Cal Lutheran University choir sang the national anthem as first responders and their families carried an American flag that stretched the length of the field before the start of the Rams’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Players and coaches from both teams wore dark gray hats with logos of Los Angeles-area firefighter and law enforcement agencies.

From start to finish, this was a playoff caliber game. Billed as the “Game of the Year,” this matchup somehow managed to exceed expectations.

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LA Rams fall to New Orleans Saints

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

New Orleans Saints 45 – LA Rams 35

It was inevitable. We said last week that the odds of going 16-0 were almost impossible. However, what a great game this was!

While New Orleans was dominant early, the Rams put on an amazing comeback in the second half, tying the game with 21 unanswered points.

While the final result wasn’t what Rams fans were hoping for, we can be reassured in knowing that no deficit is too big for this team to overcome. It’s just one game and the Rams still have the best record in football, sitting tied with the Chiefs at 8-1.

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Packers fall to Patriots in prime time

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyRK78

New England Patriots 31 – Green Bay Packers 17

I bleed green and gold. That’s why I can say this. The Packers are imploding. They’re just not good this season. We’re more than halfway through the season and this team will not make the playoffs. And that’s not just surprising, but also very hard to admit.

Green Bay now sits at 3-4-1, (with the awful stat of being 0-4 on the road) and will have to make some major adjustments, call it run the table part deux, to have even a glimmer of hope for an extended season.

There’s no consistency to the team currently. More often than not in recent losses, Green Bay is beating itself. We saw that Sunday night. The Packers made mistakes, the New England Patriots didn’t. In stark contrast to our team, the Patriots made it glaringly obvious what a cohesive, consistent team looks like.

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Rams stay undefeated, winning 29-27 over Packers

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

Rams 29 – Packers 27

I really had a hard time predicting this game! While I love the Packers, (some of you might know, I write for both the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams) they have been inconsistent all season and not playing as well as we know they can. At the same time, the Rams are (so far) unbeatable and playing more as a consistent, total team week after week.

That’s not how the game Sunday began, however. The Packers defense was firing on all cylinders and playing better than they had in weeks, while the Rams were having a very slow, uncharacteristic start. By game end, Green Bay would fall to 3-3-1, and the Rams would keep their unblemished record.

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