A year ago, the Rams were licking themselves physically and emotionally after being knocked out of the knockout stages, while other teams were getting ready to play in the Super Bowl.
But the changes that pit the Rams in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals are already underway.
The January 30, 2021 trade that brings full-back Matthew Stafford to Los Angeles and sends Jared Goff and three draft picks to the Detroit Lions is the first and biggest step in the Rams’ journey.
Here, in chronological order, are 10 other moves, moments and turning points that brought the Rams to the brink of the championship.
The Achilles tendon tear at Cam Akers’ pre-training camp cost the Rams their top 2020 propulsion and forced a change of plans for the 2021 offensive. A deal for Sony Michel to bolster Back-running lists will pay off later this year. Return of Akersfrom what is attributed to a season-end injury, is one of the team’s most interesting stories.
Stafford had four touchdown passes while playing past Tom Brady and Rams beat Tampa Bay, 34-24, at the SoFi Stadium to make it 3-0 for the season. The win over the defending champions marked the Rams as the legitimate Super Bowl contenders. It also helped take away any fear as they faced Brady and the Buccaneers again in the playoffs and won, 30-27.
‘D’ ON ‘A’ GAME OF IT
Forwards Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey lead a defense that has had to weather out-of-season departures and off-season injuries, never more so towards the end of the Lions game in October. With the Rams six in the fourth half and the Lions 12 yards from a touch ahead, Donald hit Goff as he threw and Ramsey blocked the errant pass to preserve what had become victory 28-19.
In November, after creating a pay cap space with the surprise sale of guard Kenny Young, General Manager Les Snead jumped at the opportunity in exchange for Super Bowl-winning guard Von Miller and signed with the extensive beneficiary of Super Bowl Odell Beckham Jr. Miller. in six of the Rams’ last seven games, and Beckham has helped them following the release of DeSean Jackson and the end-of-season injury of Robert Woods.
Having lost three games in a row against the Jacksonville Jaguars in December, facing questions about the opponent’s ability to adjust, coach Sean McVay repeatedly brought in backup attacking midfielder Joe Noteboom as an additional stop. fig. The “heavy lineup” fueled the running game. Michel, in place of the injured Darrell Henderson, ran 121 yards and touched the ball inside one lap 37-7. Michel has averaged 99.4 yards in a five-game winning streak, the Rams’ longest.
RAMS 30, COVID-19
The actual score is Rams 30, Arizona Cardinals 23, but the real win was down to the COVID-19 outbreak that saw five regulars kicked out of a mid-December Monday night game against the NFC West leaders. The road win was the Rams’ proudest moment of the regular season. It rocked the division race, which was won by the Rams on the final Sunday.
KUPP COME TO SUPPORT
The following week, additional COVID-19 incidents forced the Rams’ game against the Seattle Seahawks to be postponed to Tuesday night. It was bound in the fourth quarter. In an emergency, break the glass or throw it to Cooper Kupp. The wide receiver, named for his first Pro Bowl the day before, made a 29-yard catch and ran a second touchdown and placed the Rams on the way to victory 20-10.
SOME SPECIAL THINGS
The all-star lineup wouldn’t be in the Super Bowl without a supporting cast that regularly surprises. The day after Christmas, Stafford nearly wrapped a game for the Minnesota Vikings by throwing three interceptions. But The Rams won, 30-23, thanks to the special teams’ biggest contribution of the regular season, a 61-yard top for a touchdown by Brandon Powell, quietly signed the training team in November.
BACK TO THE WEDDING
With starting safety Jordan Fuller and Taylor Rapp both sidelined, the Rams lured Eric Weddle after two years of retirement for the knockout round. The 37-year-old led the team with nine tackles against the San Francisco 49ers in his third game back. More importantly, the two-time All-Pro that hadn’t made it to the Super Bowl in the previous 13 seasons has brought more hunger to a team of accomplished veterans desperate for a ring.
Winning from behind, 20-17 in the NFC championship game ended a losing streak against the 49ers in six games and signaled that this is truly a new moment for the Rams. Ironically, the sequence of playoff matches would have been different, and might not have gone so smoothly for the Rams, had they not slipped from seed 2 to seed 4 by taking the lead to lose to the 49ers on the final night. the end of the regular season. “Things work out in mysterious ways,” said Rams CEO Kevin Demoff.
The Rams’ first pre-Super Bowl injury report, 11 days before the game, lists backrunners Cam Akers (shoulder), Tyler Higbee (knee) and offensive lineman Joe Noteboom (chest) among them who did not participate in practice, and the wide recipients of Van Jefferson (knee) and Taylor Rapp safety (concussion) were limited. The Rams didn’t practice on Wednesday, so those are estimates of what players will be able to do. … The Bengalis list CJ Uzumah (knee) and Pro Bowl defense end as Trey Hendrickson (ill) as those not participating in their putative practice. … The Rams have announced that they will be wearing “modern” uniforms during the Super Bowl. It’s a combination of white, blue and yellow jerseys with yellow pants that evoke LA and St. Louis Rams from 1973 to 1999, when they won the franchise’s only Super Bowl. Team Bengal will wear a black shirt and white pants.
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