Sean McVay, the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, expressed his admiration for his former quarterback, Jared Goff after his team suffered a defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions and quarterback Jared Goff. McVay also reaffirmed his determination to continue playing quarterback with Matthew Stafford.
Following Detroit’s victory over the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 24–23 on Sunday night, quarterback Jared Goff of the Detroit Lions and signal caller Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams exchanged handshakes at the midfield line. This event marked the culmination of a day that had been in the works for three years.
When Stafford had just concluded his first game back at Ford Field, he had just finished his first game in Detroit, where he had spent the first 12 years of his career before being traded to Los Angeles in exchange for Goff and draft picks in the spring of 2021. On the other hand, Goff had just provided the Lions with their first victory in the playoffs in thirty-two years. The fact that he had spent five years with the Rams, four of which were spent under the direction of Sean McVay as head coach, was not the most important thing on his mind.
McVay, on the other hand, is unaffected by the outcome of the game.
According to McVay, “I certainly am appreciative of the four years that we had together,” he stated about Goff. And if I were to choose a quarterback for our team, I would not want anyone else but Matthew Stafford.McVay expressed his opinion that both players were outstanding, and their respective stat lines have reflected this opinion. Despite suffering injuries to his hands and midriff during the game, Stafford was able to complete 25 of 36 throws for 367 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception-free performance.
With more passing yards than Detroit’s offense had in total, Stafford, who is 35 years old and led Los Angeles to a Super Bowl in the 2021 season, was the quarterback who led the team to victory. It was stated by McVay that Stafford had attractive features and frequently took advantage of them.
The Rams were unable to locate the end zone on each of their three excursions into the red zone, which was the significant factor that determined the outcome of the game.
The effort that Stafford put out, which included his toughness and leadership as well as his clutch throws, garnered a significant amount of praise from McVay after the game.”He was outstanding, gritty, gutsy, made tough throw after tough throw,” McVay told reporters. Even though the rush was coming at him from all sides, he continued to stand there and drop dimes throughout the entire day. Even though we did not quite make it into the red zone, he did allow us to succeed.
“We never would’ve been in this situation without Matthew Stafford’s leadership, guidance (and) resilience.”
The response from Goff was that he completed 22 of 27 passes for 277 yards, one score, and no interceptions. During Detroit’s final drive, he threw two passes that went for 11 yards each, which contributed to the conclusion of the game. Even though the Lions were only able to score three points in the second half, Goff was still able to secure his first victory in the playoffs since January 9, 2021. This victory also served as his last victory in Los Angeles.
Although the outcome was not favorable, McVay expressed his admiration for Goff on both a specific and general level.
“Jared was efficient,” stated McVay before the game. The command that he possesses is plain to observe. Although it has been blown out of proportion, I couldn’t be happier for him. We wanted to come away with a victory, but he has done an excellent job, and I believe the grit, perseverance, and manner he has done his thing here over the past three years should be commended. “I’m happy for Jared.”
Now, the Rams are left to ponder what could have been. From problems in the red zone to a poor defensive start, Los Angeles eventually missed out on the opportunity to prolong its season by just a few plays… or points.
Seven of the Rams’ final eight games were victories for the team. With the assistance of this squad, McVay was able to regain his footing on the sidelines. Down the stretch and once more on Sunday night, Stafford appeared to have regained his strength.
The conclusion is a letdown for the city of Los Angeles, but it is just fitting for the city of Detroit.