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?
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.
People have such polarizing views on preseason. Some love to finally see their favorite players play after months of waiting, while others are happy to watch them sit and avoid injuries. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay falls into that second camp.
When the Rams face the Oakland Raiders September 10th, most of the offensive line will not have taken a single snap together in the preseason. Too extreme of a choice by McVay? Only time will tell.
Personally, I like to see starters sit. I also like that by sitting the offensive starters all preseason, it shows that McVay has high confidence in his offense.
He did, however, choose to play defensive starters, and we got to watch corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh take the field. It was a strong defense that helped carry the LA Rams to a 21-20 victory over the Texans.
Do the Los Angeles Rams stand a chance against the Seattle Seahawks at home? Last year, the answer would have been an absolute no. But something has changed in the Rams culture. For one thing, it starts at the top. In four years with the Rams, three of them in St. Louis, former head coach Jeff Fisher could only muster up 31 wins and a whopping 45 losses.
Out went Fisher, and in came the youngest head coach in NFL history, Sean McVay. The manner in which McVay has handled and developed quarterback Jared Goff in a short amount of time is impressive. We are just four weeks into the season and Goff has completed passes to 11 different receivers. McVay has spurned the young QB into making smart decisions and leading his offense.