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By Bret Stuter
Gimpy Goff forced to sit one out
After suffering a broken and dislocated thumb in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks, Goff underwent corrective surgery on the thumb of his throwing hand. He had to sit out the season finale as the Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals 18-7 and claimed the sixth-seed of the NFL Playoffs.
That was only the second game that Goff sat out. The other occasion was a deliberate maneuver in the last game of 2018, where the top-seeded Rams simply rested all of their starters. Goff doesn’t like watching from the sidelines, whether or not he can play, or even grip the football. And his inability to grip the football was apparent when he was forced to enter the Wild Card round against the Seattle Seahawks.
Banged up relief for banged up quarterback
After a vicious hit from Seahawks safety Jamal Adams on the helmet of Rams quarterback John Wolford sent Wolford to the hospital, the Rams were forced to put Goff into the game. if you saw the game, you know that he was not ready to play. His throwing hand thumb was significantly swollen. His throwing motion indicated that he could barely grip the football. And his performance resulted in a paltry nine out of 19 passes completed for 155 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. And the Rams won in style by a final score of 30-20.
The performance was not the highlight of the game. But as is the case so often, it was good enough to earn another victory for the LA Rams who now advance to the Divisional Round in the NFL Playoffs and will face the Green Bay Packers at chilly (but not frigid) Lambeau Field. The banged up Goff did what he needed to do, ensure the Rams win and advance.