In a close game, the Rams headed to Tampa and defeated the reigning Super Bowl champions 30-27. Everything was going swimmingly for the Rams until the Bucs took advantage of a couple of fumbles. Their comeback fell just short, as the Rams sealed the game with a Matt Gay field goal. That being said, let’s go through the game’s good, bad, and meh aspects.
One of the key reasons the Rams won the game was their pass rush. Miller, Donald, and Gaines constantly put pressure on Tom Brady. Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd each recorded sacks, as well as several tackles for loss and QB pressures. Von Miller has been on fire lately with a sack in his last 7 games with the Rams. Brady’s passes were struck, knocking them off target, including his interception. They’ll need to provide another great performance next week to put some pressure on Jimmy G.
Cooper Kupp increased his chances of an MVP title after this game. Anytime the Rams were looking for a big offensive play, Stafford looked his way. On the game winning drive, he caught a pass over the middle to put them within field goal range. He averaged a whopping 20.3 yards per catch, his highest so far this year.
The Rams let up a lot of points in the second half due to some mental errors. McVay started to become conservative on play calls, running it a few times on third down and coming up short. On defense, there were far too many missed tackles and coverage blunders. It appeared as if the entire team was checked out. It seemed a lot like Week 18, when everything started to go wrong for them. They now have a chance to make it right against the 49ers next week.
You could tell that the secondary was missing some pieces this week. Jordan Fuller, and Taylor Rapp are big contributors in the back end. Nick Scott had an interception, but wasn’t the best in coverage. The secondary as an overall unit let up 329 total yards and a 21.3 yards per catch to Gronk. When the 49ers come to town next week they’ll need to contain Kittle and Deebo.
NFC Championship Outlook
The Rams get to face their division kryptonite for the 3rd time this year on the path to the Super Bowl. They’re one game away from playing the big game in their home stadium and they have to get through their biggest challenge recently. To win, they’ll need to use the 49ers blueprint against them, run the ball early and often, and make Jimmy G win the game. The 49ers have 6 straight victories against the Rams, and when better for them to snap that streak than a Super Bowl appearance.