The Rams are heading to the Super Bowl! After they rallied to beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship they’ll now face the Bengals in their home stadium. Let’s break down the Rams’ championship win in the penultimate good, bad, and meh.

Good

Run Defense

The run defense has been up and down all year, but they showed up when they needed to. They held the 49ers rushing offense that averages 127.4 yards per game to a measly 50 yards. San Francisco’s ball control, run it down your throat offense wasn’t effective and the game was put into Jimmy G’s hands.

New Acquisitions

The Rams have paid the price for many players over the past couple of years and games like this prove why. Matthew Stafford had a solid night leading the offense despite the interception. Odell Beckham Jr. had season highs in yards and receptions, and took advantage of the openings made by Kupp. Von Miller continued his great postseason performance with some great plays. Les Snead’s offseason moves are paying off in a big way this season.

Cooper Kupp

Kupp has continued his regular season dominance in the post season, and this game was no different. He was the only one to score a TD on offense and led the team in targets despite defenses game planning around him. Kupp will now look to play in his first Super Bowl as a Ram something he didn’t get to do in 2018. However, now the roles will be reversed with Robert Woods on the sideline.

Veterans

All of the Rams vets will now get another chance at a Super Bowl. Andrew Whitworth gets another shot after a solid year at 40 years old. According to ESPN he ranks 3rd in pass block win rate along with Rob Havenstein at #5. Eric Weddle led the team in tackles and has filled in for Jordan Fuller well. Along with Aaron Donald, the Rams have a chance to earn them all a ring.

Bad

Troy Reeder

Anytime there was a big play this game, it was usually 51 in coverage. Ernest Jones was still nursing an injury despite being active, so Reeder drew the starting job. He’s a free agent next year and unless the Rams have a deficiency at linebacker again next year, I wouldn’t expect to see him in a Rams uniform next season.

Meh

Secondary

The secondary had an up and down performance all game. They did allow 232 yards to 6 different receivers and an average of 14.5 yards per catch. Jalen Ramsey has had to lead this unit with no real star beside him. Williams has struggled compared to last year, Scott is decent, but not as good as Fuller, Rapp has been in concussion protocol and Burgess and Long haven’t had much playing time to impress.

Injuries

Not only were there some injuries in this game, but the Rams have suffered some big losses throughout the season. Tyler Higbee is believed to have a sprained MCL and Cam Akers was taken out for a portion of the game. Joe Noteboom, Taylor Rapp, and Darrell Henderson’s situations are still under question for the Super Bowl, but so far the Rams have proved they can win without them.

Super Bowl Outlook

The resilience that this team has showed has been incredible. With the inconsistency all year, new players and injuries they’re now going to get the chance to win on the biggest stage. The biggest mismatch in this game is going to be the Rams defensive front against the Bengals O-Line. If LA can match Tennesee’s performance with 9 sacks on Burrow, while also playing a good game on offense, it shouldn’t be too hard to pull out a win. My only concern for them is the struggles in the secondary recently, as they’re going up against what in my opinion is the best WR trio in the league. If the trenches get it done, and Stafford plays a clean game, they’ll be hoisting the Lombardi trophy in no time.

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