LA Rams overcome adversity in round one of NFL Playoffs
By Bret Stuter
Rams hit rock bottom
The LA Rams had every reason to lose to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, January 9th. They started a backup quarterback, John Wolford, who was sent to the hospital before halftime. The replacement was Jared Goff, whose throwing hand thumb was very swollen and sore from corrective surgery just days earlier.
The Rams went on to lose All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald, offensive left guard David Edwards and wide receiver Cooper Kupp to injuries in the game. All the while, Goff’s throwing hand was sore and swollen. The offense sputtered in a game when everyone expected the Seahawks offense to spring to life at any moment.
A lesser team
With so many injuries, a lesser team would have shrugged their shoulders and given up. But the Rams kept grinding, playing, and working through each new setback and injury. This was for all the marbles. After being the butt end of jokes for most of the year, the Rams just kept at it, trying to move the ball any way possible.
This was a team that had lost their best defender, their best receiver, their game time starting quarterback, and a starting left guard, and were still fighting. There was no time to overthink, no room for fear, no moment to spare. The Rams were playing for their season. And just as often happens with a strong work ethic, good things happened for the Rams.