Contributing Sports Writer
The Rams came to SoFi Stadium on last week with a feeling that something big had to be done big to the play the Super Bowl right at home.
“There’s no other way I’d rather have that; to play a team you lost six straight time with a trip to the championship on the line,” said Veteran Aaron Donald before the contest. “This is how it’s suppose to be.”
Donald had foreseen the teams 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in front of 73,202 after trailing, 17-7. The come back win sends them to the Super Bowl for the second time in five years.
With the win the team will host Cincinnati at SoFi Sup Bowl Sunday February 13th. The Bengals were a surprise 27-24 winners over Kansas City on the road.
The biggest irony was the date of the clinching win is it was the one-year anniversary of the trade that landed Mathew Stafford in “the City of Angels”. The Rams had gone home for the playoffs so what else was there for them to do.
The team started 7-1 then lost three straight and Stafford looked to be the problem by outsiders. Since, he’s led the team to wins over the Arizona Cardinals the Tampa Bay Bucs and now San Francisco. The veteran QB has six wins over 10-win teams this year. While in Detroit he had five in 12 years.
Jimmie Garoppolo finished the game completing 31 of 45 for 232 yards as he was harassed all day by the Rams defense. There is so many rumors about this being his Last season with the team to make way for Trey Lance.
“They’re (49ers) tough and physical,” said Rams coach Sean McVay. “They fight until the end. It took everything we had, but I’m so proud of our group. So proud of our players, our coaches. Just proud to be associated with these guys. So many special men in that locker room. And love this team.”
Cooper Kupp finished with 11 catches for 142 yards. That was his 13th 100 yard receiving game breaking the record by the Cowboys Michael Irvin. He also joined Calvin Johnson as the only two players to have 1900 receiving yards in the same season.
Odell Beckum finished the day with 113 receiving yards on nine Catches.
All hands were on deck as Davin Howard LB had a late game interception that sealed the deal after Donald chased around Garoppolo forcing him to throw a desperate pass that was picked off by Howard a second year man out of TCU.
Retired safety Eddie Waddle who came out of retirement for a playoff run with the team had nine tackles in the game. He helped out since third year man Jordan Fuller is out with an ankle injury. Fuller was captain and defensive signal caller.
“We have to finish, we’re not done yet,” said Waddle. We do want to do all this work and fall short of winning it all. We need to enjoy this take a break and go right back to work.”
Veteran Vonn Miller will be heading into his second Super Bowl. He was MVP of Super Bowl 50. “It’s like having a a second kid,” said Miller. “You love the first one then you have another and you love the second one too.”
RAM NOTES: Former RAM QB James “Shack” Harris presented owner Stan Kroenke with the George Halas Trophy for winning the NFC.Harris started an AFC game as on opening day 1969 the Buffalo Bills started an All-Rookie backfield with Harris, Bill Enyard and a back named O.J. Simpson. The Grambling All-American later played for the RAMS. Marlin Briscoe of the Denver Broncos was the first black quarterback to start an NFL game. Ironically in 1974, Harris won his debut game with the Rams and defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 37-14. He was voted to the 1974 Pro Bowl and earned MVP honors for that all-star game .He played under legendary head coach Eddie Robinson from 1965-68. Harris was a record-setting quarterback for the G-Men and won four SWAC titles under Coach Rob. The RAMS will be only the second team play a Super Bowl in their home field.