Miracles at SoFi: LA Rams have many amazing stories in SB LVI

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Give me something to believe in

The narrative about veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford before this season was all about the guy who padded his statistics in routs and losses. It was about a guy who could not win big games. Most of all, and perhaps the most unfair, was the insistence of his critics, detractors, and opposition of pointing to his 0-3 record in the NFL Playoffs over the course of his career.

What all of those critics failed to acknowledge is the fact that Matthew Stafford was called upon to single-handedly win those games through some sort of superheroics where we would drop the ball perfectly into the hands of his receivers for 60 regulation game minutes.  Through it all, Stafford played well enough to win two of those three playoff games. But his team, the Detroit Lions, did not.

Stafford’s last To-Do task

Stafford is not super-human. But he is an outstanding quarterback who can make all of the throws, move enough in the pocket, make rapid progression reads, and can get the ball to his receivers in stride. He has set the Rams franchise record for All-Time Single Season Rams Passing Yards with 4,886 yards. He has tied the Rams franchise record for All-Time Single Season Rams Passing Touchdowns with 41 TDs.

Now, with the LA Rams, his playoff record is 3-3 and he is one game, one Super Bowl victory, from sealing his legacy as a true winning quarterback. While he has never been here before, that could have been said with equal validity over the Divisional Round, and the NFC Championship Game. Matthew Stafford came to the LA Rams with the hope of playing in a Super Bowl. Now that he is here, he has one more task.

What is that last item on his To-Do list? Winning a Super Bowl for the City of Los Angeles, California