Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers
When it comes to the NFC Championship, the Rams have a bit more representation. The Rams NFC West Division nemesis, the San Francisco 49ers, signed former LA Rams and Los Angeles Chargers NT Sebastian Joseph-Day. While only playing 44 defensive snaps for the 49ers, SJD has already racked up five tackles in just two games.
The 49ers had Samson Ebukam on the roster for two seasons, but lost him in free agency to the Indianapolis Colts. Of course, Ebukam blew up offenses for the Colts in 2023, recording 57 tackles and 9.5 quarterback sacks. We can be thankful that he is no longer playing for the 49ers.
But if you are hoping to cheer for former LA Rams players in the NFL Conference Championship games, you need look no further than the Detroit Lions. Not only did Lions GM Brad Holmes and Asst GM Ray Agnew come from the LA Rams organization, but they have a number of key contributors from the Rams on their roster as well.
Former Rams DT Michael Brockers was traded to the Detroit Lions in 2021, where he played until his release in 2023. He remains a free agent.
Long time LA Rams long snapper Jake McQuaid, who played two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, is now playing for the Detroit Lions.
Young wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who played four seasons with the LA Rams, finished his third season with the Detroit Lions. While not an NFL star receiver, he finished a productive year, putting up 40 catches for 608 yards and five touchdowns. In two games in postseason competition this year, he has seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Of course, he is effective thanks to his quarterback, former Rams QB Jared Goff. Despite the reputation of being a McVay-dependant quarterback, Jared Goff has continued to put up respectable numbers for the Detroit Lions. In 2023, Goff completed 407 of 605 passes for 4,575 yards, 30 touchdowns, and just 12 interceptions. So far in the 2024 NFL Playoffs, he has completed a sensational 52 of 70 passes for 564 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.
In many ways, Jared Goff is a younger version of Matthew Stafford, and the Detroit Lions have the bonus of rewinding the calendar at the quarterback position, and getting valuable draft picks to boot.
Unlike Stafford, Goff is 2-0 for the Lions in postseason competition. He hopes to run the board to 4-0, and bring the Lombardi Trophy to Detroit, Michigan.