Bartering draft capital to acquire Matthew Stafford and other stars, the Rams traded their future for a shot at a championship. Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals validated the risk.
The Rams receiver is quarterback Matthew Stafford’s favorite target. Despite knowing that, opponents could not prevent the pair from connecting at a blistering rate this season.
The team will use its usual practice facility, team hotel and locker room for Sunday’s game against the Bengals at its home stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
This season, N.F.L. teams have opted to attempt a historic number of fourth-down conversions based on data modeling. But that risk-it-all trend may not apply in the Super Bowl.
Los Angeles’s high-profile roster additions provided sparks, but the homegrown talents Aaron Donald and Cooper Kupp provided crucial plays to win the N.F.C. championship.
The N.F.C. West rivals meet for the third time this season with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Sean McVay will try to end the 49ers’ six-game win streak over his Rams by relying on a talented roster.
The upstart Bengals head to daunting Arrowhead Stadium to face Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, and the Rams’ all-in plan to make the Super Bowl runs into a 49ers team that has won six straight meetings.
The run-pass option and screen-based offenses currently in favor in the N.F.L. rely on receivers who can throw blocks for their teammates.
Matthew Stafford and Odell Beckham Jr., prolific stars with little postseason notoriety, propelled the Rams to a wild-card round victory over the Cardinals on Monday.
Extra rest can be a bonus, but in a league in which every second is charted and planned, too much time can create its own problems.
Beckham will join the Rams after a rocky tenure with the Cleveland Browns, who released him last week.
Los Angeles’s front office has been aggressive in pursuing trades that can help the team return to the Super Bowl, frequently raiding its store of draft picks to do so.
Tampa Bay returns much of its Super Bowl-winning roster, but Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have Jordan-and-Pippen-style title dreams for Green Bay.
After 12 seasons in Detroit, the quarterback wanted out. The Los Angeles Rams, looking to move on from Jared Goff, saw in Stafford another shot at a championship run.
Seattle’s much-maligned defense held Los Angeles to field goals as the two N.F.C. West teams streak in opposite directions to end the regular season.
DK Metcalf’s chase-down. DeAndre Hopkins’s catch. The division has produced some of the most memorable moments of the 2020 season, but there’s no distinguishing among its logjam of 6-3 teams.