Goff Keeping Same Approach f Josh Donaldson Jersey or First Postseason Start

QB Jared Goff will be making his first postseason start against the Falcons on Saturday and said he feels the string of big games L.A. played in the regular season have helped prepare the team for the moment.

Like almost all of the Rams’ roster, quarterback Jared Goff has no NFL playoff experience.

He’s been involved in postseason games before at lower levels. He played in a bowl game at Cal. He helped bring Marin Catholic High School to three NCS playoff appearances and three MCAL championships.

But more than that, Goff sees the significant games the Rams have played in this season as good experience for what L.A. is about to face on Saturday night.

“I think that’s what it boils down to and I think we do have experience that stuff,” Goff said Tuesday. “We played a big game in Seattle a couple weeks ago. We played a big game two weeks ago against Tennessee. We played a big game against the Eagles. We played a big game against Minnesota, against New Orleans.

“We had a bunch of big games against top teams this year and so I t Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 33 J A Happ Jersey Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey hink that experience will translate mostly to this game.”

Goff added part of what the club gained from those matchups is learning how to handle the atmosphere.

“Ever Joe Biagini Jersey y play has a little bit more meaning to it,” Goff said. “Just having that experience and understanding it’s still the same game, it’s still the same as every week throughout the season, but there is a little bit more of a heightened meaning to each play.”

But even with the raised level of intensity, head coach Sean McVay said he’s not really concerned about how Goff will perform. McVay has mentioned many times this season how impressed he’s been with the quarterback’s even-keeled demeanor, and did so again on Tuesday.

“Jared is fearless and I think he looks at it as a great opportunity and we trust that he’s going to make good decisions,” McVay said. “[I]in terms of worrying about, is the moment too big or the playoffs? That is the least of your concerns, just from having experienced what we have with Jared and kind of the way that he’s wired and that’s why we feel like he’s special.”

With Goff having thrown for 3,804 yards with 28 Josh Donaldson Jersey  touchdowns and just seven interceptions in the 2017 regular season, McVay said the quarterback will “have an ownership on the game plan and what we’re trying to get accomplished.” That’s in large part because of the time McVay and Goff have spent getting on the same page throughout the season.

“[H]e can almost kind of predict some of the calls that are coming in based on the situation that he’s got so much ownership on, here’s our priority third down calls in this area, red zone, some of our priority first and second down calls — that’s kind of what I mean,” McVay said. “In a lot of instances, he’d probably be able to tell you guys that before the play has come in, he’s able to kind of predict that because we are so much on the same page and I think that’s only going to continue to grow as we get more experienced together with our coaches and with Jared.”

Still, the Falcons will present a number of challenges with their defense. According to McVay, the unit has gotten noticeably more comfo Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 31 Joe Biagini Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey rtable in its third season under Dan Quinn. The numbers show that, too, as Atlanta has gone from No. 25 in total defense last year to No. 9 in 2017.

But one way the Rams may have a bit of an edge is in that they’ve faced similar defenses throughout the course of the year. Quinn was hired as the Falcons’ head coach after a pair of stints working under head coach Pete Carroll in Seattle, and as such Atlanta employs a base Cover 3 defense much like the Seahaw Toronto Blue Jays ks. San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and Jacksonville defensive coordinator Todd Wash also come from that coaching tree and use similar defensive systems. Plus, as Goff pointed out, Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is also a former Seahawks defensive coordinator.

Put it together and that’s seven times the Rams have faced a defense similar to the Falcons over the course of the pre- and regular season.

“With that being said, they’re all different,” Goff said. “Similar principles, but they all are different. The Falcons are much different than previous teams we’ve played in the scheme and do their own little wrinkles to it. So yeah it does Justin Smoak Jersey  help, but at the same time you’re prepping for a completely different team as well JA Happ Jersey .”

While the teams are all different, the approach to preparation stays the same. And while Goff’s demeanor is likely to be as calm and even-keel as ever once the 5:15 kickoff is away, the quarterback admitted he’ll probably have some butterflies during pregame.

“Of course, yeah, you always get nervous. But I think it’s more excitement and more anxiety and you want to get out there than true nervousness,” Goff said. “You may have that little pit in your stomach at the beginning of the game, but it’s no different than any other game for me, honestly. I feel the same way every week and going to approach this one the same way.”

Practice Report: Rams Begin Wild Card Week, Talk App Josh Donaldson Jersey roach to the Postseason

The Rams held their first practice of the week on Tuesday, as they get set to welcome the Falcons on Saturday.

The Rams got back to work on Tuesday afternoon, kicking off their official preparation week for the Falcons. L.A. held an expanded walk-thru at Cal Lutheran, bumping up its normal practice routine by one day to adjust for Saturday’s kickoff.

Check below for three of the key storylines from Tuesday:

INJURY UPDATE

There was n Josh Donaldson Jersey o veteran rest day given for the Rams who normally sit out on the first day of the preparation week. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, center John Sullivan and outside linebacker Connor Barwin were all full participants.

But there were several players who did not take part in the walk-thru. Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (shoulder), defensive back Blake C Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 33 J A Happ Jersey Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ountess (concussion), and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) were all non-participants.

Although he sat out of practice, head coach Sean McVay said the team is anticipating Cooper to be ready to go come Saturday saying, “I think it’s going to take a lot to keep him out of this game.”

Linebacker Mark Barron, who has been inactive for the past two weeks with an achilles injury, returned to the field in a limited capacity.

McVay said Monday that Barron was feeling good and was “getting ready for a playoff game on Saturday night.” He did note that this week would serve as a “gauge on if we can expect him to play,” but that “things are looking good for him.”

In Atlanta, two of the Falcons most important offensive weapons were sidelined on Tuesday as wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle/ribs) and running back Devonta Freeman (knee) did not participate in practice.

ADJUSTING TO A SATURDAY GAMEDAY

The Rams will have just six days to prepare for the postseason. The team welcomes the Falcons on Saturday instead of Sunday to kickoff the NFC’s Wild Card Weekend.

With the short turnaround, McVay and his staff were forced to begin their official preparation week on Tuesday — which is usually the players’ day off. The Rams will return to the field on Wednesday and Thursday for practice, before hosting another walk-thru on F Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 31 Joe Biagini Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey riday.

“Obviously it makes a difference in preparation,” left guard Jamon Brown said of the change. “You look at earlier in the week we don’t get the day off like we normally do on Tuesday. So pushing everything up, you have to recover a lot more and a lot faster than normal.”

Fortunately for the club, McVay was able to rest many of the team’s key players in Week 17’s contest against the 49ers. And for that reason, wide receiver Robert Woods said the shorter week should have less of an impact on the team’s ability to compete on Saturday. 

“In this instance it doesn’t really matter to us,” Woods said, “having been able to recover last week and having some time off to be fresh.”

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth echoed the receiver, noting that in a “really long season,” such as the Rams are going through right now, the time off has been especially helpful heading into a playoff game.

“For me, I didn’t get any younger during the week off,” Whitworth joked. “I’m still 36, and still really old to be doing this, but you do feel better, you feel fresher. And I think that goes for everybody. Just to get a chance to rest some of those little things that were nagging, you definitely feel better.”

A PLAYOFF MENTALITY

On Saturday, the Rams will welcome the defending NFC Champions in the Falcons. The Atlanta roster features a lot of playoff game experience, having made an appearance in Super Bowl LI just one year ago.

In the Rams locker room, however, only six players on the active roster have any playoff experience at all and the franchise is 12 years removed from its last playoff appearance entirely. And while it might appear a bit intimidating to those Joe Biagini Jersey  outside of the club, the Rams did not seem too concerned about the lack of playoff experience on their roster.

“Every year is different, every season is different,” Woods said. “This is a whole new Atlanta team and a whole new Rams team.”

“We can’t really focus on that,” Brown added. “If you look throughout the season, we’ve played in a lot of big games and a lot of big-game environments. The thing for us is to just focus on what we can do and what we can control.”

Those “big-game environments” include matchups win the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded Eagles and Vikings, a dominant performance in Seattle, and a division- Toronto Blue Jays clinching win over the Titans.

“We had a bunch of big games against top teams this year and so I think that experience will translate to this game,” quarterback Jared Goff said. “Just the experience in some of those, when everything’s a little bit more heightened. Every play has a little bit more meaning to it.”

Will there be a different mindset heading into a game with a lot on the line? Not for this team. Many players said that the key to Saturday will be focusing on staying consistent and keeping with th JA Happ Jersey e same “one game at a time” outlook that got them to this point in the first place.

“There is no change in our approach,” Brown said. “One thing we don’t want to do is put more pressure on ourselves than we need to. We’ll approach this week with the same mentality and obviously with as much urgency as possible because it is a playoff game.”

 

 

Rams to Host 49er custom Yankees jersey s in Regular Season Finale

The Rams will host the 49ers on Sunday at the Coliseum to cap their 2017 regular season.

The end of the regular season has officially arrived. On Sunday, the Rams (11-4) will host the San Francisco 49ers (5-10) for a Week 17 matchup between two classic NFC West rivals.

L.A. will be looking to cap their season with another sweep of an NFC West opponent. The two clubs last met in Week 3, when the Rams took home a close 41-39 victory on Thursday Night football. But Sunday’s Week 17 matchup should look a bit different than the last. 

McVay announced on Wednesday that the Rams had made the decision to rest several of their starters against the 49ers — running back Todd Gurley, left tackle Andrew Whitworth, center John Sullivan, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, middle linebacker Alec Ogletree, and quarterbac oakland athletics custom jersey k Jared Goff among them.

And while many of the team’s key players will be rested on Sunday, the season finale still holds a lot of meaning for the organization.

“Make no mistake about it, the guys that we are going to go forward with, we’re going to do everything in our power to compete to go win a football game,” head coach Sean McVay said. 

“We don’t want this to be misconstrued at all,” quarterback Jare Men’s Authentic Customized Oakland Athletics Road Gray MLB Jersey Sale d Goff added, “we’re trying to go out and win this weekend. It’s not a preseason game, it’s not anything to be taken lightly.”

But the 49ers are still gearing up for a big challenge when they head into the Coliseum on Sunday.

“This is the National Football league — their starters, their backups, whoever are all good,” 49ers’ center Daniel Kilgore said, via to www.49ers.com. “I mean they have some ball players, they have some good depth and it’s a great defense.” 

San Francisco has been on a roll as of late, looking revitalized under quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The club acquired the Eastern Illinois product in a trade with the P Men’s Authentic Personalized Oakland Athletics Home White Baseball Jersey atriots in early November. Since taking over as QB-1, Garoppolo has led the new york yankees custom jersey  49ers to four straight wins — the most recent of which came against the AFC South Champion Jaguars.

“I think when you just look at what Jimmy’s done since he’s been playing these last couple weeks — he definitely instilled a confidence and energy on their offense,” McVay said. “He’s definitely given them a spark. They’re playing really well.”

According to USA Today, of the 18 teams before this year that started a 16-game season with nine straight losses — as San Francisco did — none of the others won more than three games that season. The 49ers have won five of their last six.

As  Custom Yankees Jersey such, Los Angeles will have a tough task in slowing down the 49ers dynamic offense under head coach Kyle Shanahan. Plus, L.A. will need to do so without key players like Ogletree and Donald.

“We’ll try to do our fundamental things that we play well, so our game plan hasn’t changed,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “We pride ourselves on our defensive players being ready to play. [And] we expect anybody that plays in this game, if they’re playing for somebody that’s normally a starter, to step up and play well.”

To Phillips point, look for players like linebacker Cory Littleton, defensive back Blake Countess, defensive tackle Tanzel Smart, and outside linebacker Carlos Thompson to take an increased snap count in Sunday’s contest.

The Rams offense will also feature several different faces.

Quarterback Sean Mannion will make his first career start in Week 17 after three seasons with the Rams. Through six regular season appearances, the Oregon State product has completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 66 yards and one interception.

Mannion is eager to make the most of his opportunity.  

“I’m excited. I can’t wait to go out there and get a start and get to play with my teammates and try to w Custom Athletics Jersey in an NFL game,” Mannion said. “That’s what it’s all about. It’s an opportunity I’ve been waiting for for my career. This is my first start so I couldn’t be more excited.”

Joining Mannion in a starting role will be wide receivers Pharoh Cooper, Mike Thomas, Tavon Austin, and Josh Reynolds. Although the group has not received too much playing time throughout the bulk of the season, McVay expressed his confidence in their ability to step up when needed.

“That’s a good group of guys that we feel very good about competing with and the depth that we do have at the position,” he said.

On the ground, running backs Malcolm Brown and Justin Davis will be called upon to fill in. And while it may be difficult to completely fill the void of Gurley — who is having an MVP-caliber season — Sunday’s contest does offer them a “unique opportunity to compete.”

“We want to see our guys do a great job and you see the Niners coming in here with a lot of really good momentum,” McVay said. “They’re playing really well on all three phases and it’s going to be a great challenge.”

“I think it will be an opportunity that presents itself for some of those players that maybe we don’t see as much time, [to] step up and get opportunities that they typically haven’t been accustomed to, [and] I think it will serve us really well as a team.”

The season finale is set to kick off at 1:25 p.m. PT. For more information on how to watch, click here.

Opponent Breakdown: Ga custom Yankees jersey roppolo Revitalizes 49ers Offense

With Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting QB, the 49ers have won each of their last four games.

Both the Rams and 49ers have undergone some significant changes sine the two teams last met in Week 3. For Los Angeles, rookies have received more playing time, some players have switched positions, and, of course, the Rams have clinche custom mlb jersey d their first NFC West title since 2003.

But no change appears to have been more significant for either team than San Francisco’s trade for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. When the Niners acquired the signal-caller from the Patriots for a second-round pick at the trading deadline on Oct. 30, the move sent shockwaves throughout the NFL. And while San Francisco has only had Garoppolo behind center for four games, he’s clearly an answer at the game’s most important position.

“He’s come in, he’s played at a high level, which has helped a ton. He won his first game in there in Chicago and I think it gave the guys some energy and some confidence and we’ve gotten a little better each week since then,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I think our team has gotten healthier too than we were at the mid-point of the year, so that was good timing. Jimmy has played great, but the guys around  Women’s Authentic Personalized New York Yankees Home White Baseball Jersey him having been playing as good in this last month as they have all year.”

Through five games — four starts — Garppolo has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,268 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Those are fairly remarkable numbers considering Garoppolo spent the entire offseason and the first two months of the regular season with another team.

Shanahan said Garoppolo got in position to start and be successful with a lot of hard work over the first few weeks following the trade.

“He grinded with our quarterback coach everyday about that. We went to a bye week and he stayed back around the bye week for a number of days so the quarterback coach could work some more and he’s really just been preparing for that opportunity,” Shanahan said. “We gave it to him for Chicago and each week he’s learned more. He’s gotten more used to it. He definitely played his best last week and I think it’ll be a lot easier going into the offseason, the fact that he’s had some time. Then we can really just start over, re-teach it to him and I think a lot more of it will stick.”

It’s easy to see just how dynamic Garoppolo can be as a quarterback, and L.A. head coach Sean McVay certainly has.

“I think when you just look at what Jimmy’s done since he’s been playing these last couple weeks — he definitely instilled a confidence and energy on their offense,” McVay said. “I think Kyle does a great job putting Men’s Authentic Customized Oakland Athletics Road Gray MLB Jersey Sale  them in good situations and he’s distributing the ball to a variety of playmakers.

“You even hear some of the comments that his teammates are making in terms of just the confidence that he instills based on swagger and demeanor that he has,” McVay continued. “They’ve been playing really good football behind his leadership offensively.”

McVay added that Garoppolo’s ability to change his arm angle and improvise in certain situations also s Custom Yankees Jersey ets him apart.

“They’re changing the launch point with some of those run actions that are married with the play-action, where they’re changing the launch point as far as a bootleg or some of those where you’re actually setting up in the pocket,” McVay said. “I think the skillset where he can kind of speed up his delivery at the top, he keeps his eyes down the field. Some of the off schedule plays he’s made in red zone have been really impressive. He’s definitely given them a spark. They’re playing really well.”

Garoppolo is currently under contract through just the end of this season. But it’s fairly unrealistic to think he’ll be playing for any other team anytime soon — whether by franchise tag or long-term deal. In that way, the Rams and 49ers appear set to renew a longstanding rivalry with two good, young quarterbacks for the foreseeable future.

“[T]o see them play the way that they are of late where you’re looking oakland athletics custom jersey  at winning as many games as they have and in the fashion — very impressive,” McVay said. “I think it says a lot about their team. They’ve got a lot of momentum right now and they’re playing as well as anybody.”

“I feel like we’ve gotten that feeling here over the last month and I love some of the players we’ve developed — some of the young guys have had opportunities to play all year,” Shanahan said. “I really look forward to it helping us be a better team next year.”

Gurley, D custom Mets jersey onald Among Rams Inactives vs. 49ers

The Rams will be without several of their starters for Sunday’s regular season finale including EB Todd Gurley and DT Aaron Dona Custom Mets Jersey ld.

LOS ANGELES — The Rams will be without several of their starters on Sunday in anticipation of the club’s playoff game next weekend.

Head coach Sean McVay announced his decision to rest many of the team’s key players earlier this week, with the hope of getting them healthy for Wild Card Weekend. And now it’s official.

Running back Todd Gurley, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, safety Lama Men’s Authentic Personalized New York Mets Home White Stitched Baseball Jersey rcus Joyner, and middle linebacker Alec Ogletree were full participants during the pr Men’s Authentic Custom New York Mets Alternate Home Royal Blue MLB Jersey Cheap actice week and as such did not have an injury status on Friday. Even so, all four will be inactive for today’s regular season finale.

Joining them on the sidelines will be left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan who will also be inactive.

Starting linebacker Mark Barron did not practice all week after missing the last game with an achilles injury. He was listed as doubtful for today’s game and will also be inactive.

Wide receiver Cooper Kupp entered the game as questionable after only participating on a limited basis in Friday’s session, but he is active for Sunday’s contest.

Below is the full list of inactives for both teams.

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LB Mark Barron

LB Alec Ogletre new york mets custom jersey e

C John Sullivan

LT Andrew Whitworth

DT Aaron Donald

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RB Jeremy McNichols

DB Antone Exum Jr.

LB Pita Taumoepenu

DL Aaron Lynch

DL Leger Douzable

DL D.J. Jones

Practice Report: Dav custom Mets jersey is Excited to Return Sunday, Gurley, Goff OK With Sunday Rest

S Cody Davis was activated to the 53-man roster on Friday after practice. QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley discuss being held out of Sunday’s contest.

The Rams held their final practice of the calendar year on Friday morning at Cal Lutheran. L.A. will host San Francisco on New Year’s Eve to finish the regular season.

Check below for the the three top storylines from Friday’s session:

INJURY REPORT

L.A. had many of its players back on the field for Friday’s practice after being sidelined for much of the week. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth (non-injury related), center John Sullivan (non-injury related), left guard Rodger Saffold (oblique), and wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) were all limited participants in the session. 

Although Kupp did take some practice reps on Friday, he will be questionable in Week 17. Head coach Sean McVay said even if the Eastern Washington product is active, he will not play against the 49ers.

Linebacker Mark Barron (achilles) was the lone non-participant. He will be doubtful to participate on Sunday. Barron was held out of last week’s win over the Titans and has not taken the practice field since. And unfortunately for the club, McVay said Friday that Barron’s injury was one that could linger on into the playoffs.

“It’s really all predicated on how he feels that day. This is something that you monitor day-to-day,” he said. “I do think that the weather plays a part in how his body feels.”

“[But] hopefully next week when we start the playoffs, expecting the weather to continue to stay nice and that’s when Mark has felt good. So, if that does affect it at all then you feel positive about that.”

DAVIS EXCITED TO RETURN ON SUNDAY

Outside linebacker Matt Longacre (back) was officially placed on the injured reserve this afternoon. In a corresponding move, the Rams activated safety Cody Davis from injured reserve to the 53-man roster.

With the transaction complete, Davis is expected to participate in Sunday’s regular season finale.

“He’s looked good this week,” McVay said. “Expect to get him o Men’s Authentic Personalized New York Mets Home White Stitched Baseball Jersey ut there and looking forward to having Cody back.”

Davis was cleared for practice in Week 16 after being placed on injured reserve in early November. Prior to suffering a quad injury, the Texas Tech product had been an important contributor on both defense and special teams — recording an interception, two pass breakups, and 22 total tackles.

And after more than a month away, the safety was admittedly ready to get back on field at the Coliseum.

“I’m super excited and I just thank God for getting me through this process — recover Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey ed and back on the field with my teammates,” Davis said. “Looking forward to contributing wherever I can.”

Though the recovery process was not always easy for the safety — as he was unable to share directly in the club’s late-season success — Davis did express his excitement at getting to rejoin his teammates as t Custom Twins Jersey he team heads into the postseason. 

“It’s been tough,” Davis said. “Super excited for the team for getting a division championship, but I am itching to get back out there. It gets kind of lonely in the treatment room so to be back with the team and custom mlb jersey  in the flow of things feels great. Hopefully will have some fresh legs, new excitement, and new energy out there.”

GOFF, GURLEY OK WITH SITTING SUNDAY OUT

With the Rams locked into hosting a playoff game next weekend, McVay has elected to rest some of the club’s key players on Sunday — including running back Todd Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff.

The young duo has been integral to the team’s success in 2017.

Through 15 games, Goff’s has completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,804 yards and just seven interceptions. The signal caller is also the first quarterback in franchise history to pass for 25 or more touchdowns and single-digit Custom Mets Jersey  interceptions in a season.

Even though the Cal product said he doesn’t “feel banged up or anything,” he did agree t new york mets custom jersey hat “a week off can never hurt, especially this late in the game.” 

“You count the four preseason games and then 15 games, [and] it can wear on you,” he said. “But I think ultimately this is going to help guys that really take a beating. I’ve been kept pretty clean most of the year and guys like Todd — guys that really take that beating, it will really help them.”

Gurley, has also been having a tremendous season. The 2017 MVP candidate leads the league with 19 touchdowns and is currently the NFL’s leading rusher, amassing 1,305 yards. Though he, like Goff, has been fortunate on the injury front this season, the Georgia product said he was “cool” with taking a backseat on Sunday.

And instead of focusing on what could be if he were to start in Week 17, Gurley said his main objective this Sunday will be to support those stepping up in his place.

“The main goal this week is to just get all the young boys right and make sure we try to get that 12th win and they go out there and feel comfortable with everything,” Gurley said. “Once next week comes, we’ll figure out who we play and we just start focusing on them.”

Game Recap: Resting starte Justin Smoak Jersey rs, Rams Fall to 49ers 34-13

Resting their starters to get as healthy as possible for the playoffs, the Rams fell to the 49ers on Sunday 34-13.

LOS ANGELES — With many of their starters resting, the Rams struggled to find their rhythm on offense falling to the 49ers 34-13 in Los Angeles’ regular-season finale.

Although it wasn’t an ideal outcome for the Rams — with a New Orleans’ loss — L.A. still held on to its No. 3 seed in the NFC playo Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 31 Joe Biagini Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey ffs and will host the Falcons next Saturday.

“I think anytime you go into a football game, you’re certainly going to try to win the game,” head coach Sean McVay said. “[But] I do think when you look at the way we approached it, we feel good about being able to allow some of our players to get some rest. And that was a great job by the 49ers today.”

San Francisco got on the board first with a 33-yard field goal early in the first quarter. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the Niners made quick work down the field — going 60 yards in just four plays. But the Rams were able to apply strong pressure in the red zone, holding the Niners to three.

But the visitors would score a first-quarter touchdown to extend their lead. Starting on the San Francisco 18, the Niners took eight plays and 82 yards to make it to the endzone.

During the drive, Garoppolo held his composure under pressure — hitting tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for 17- and 20-yard gains. A few plays later, Garoppolo hit Goodwin in the flat for an eight-yard touchdown.

The Rams’ offense — led by quarterback Sean Mannion — struggled to get in sync early on, but was able to put points on the board with a little help from the defense.

On 1st-and-10 from the SF 41, cornerback Kevin Peterson — who was starting in place of Trumaine Johnson — jumped in front of a pass intended for Goodwin to record the Rams’ 17th interception this season.

Peterson said he knew he “was going to get a lot of opportunity in this game,” and was hoping to capitalize on his first start of the season.

“I just did a lot of film study,” Peterson admitted. “They came out in a formation I recognized and we had a call that matched Toronto Blue Jays  well with that formation. I just went out and got it. Put my hands up and prayed that I caught it.”

Peterson’s 38-yard return put Los Angeles well within field goal territory and kicker Sam Ficken finished the drive, nailing a 23-yard attempt. That score cut Los Angeles’ deficit to seven.

Johnny Hekker boomed a 48-yard punt midway through the second quarter to pin the Niners back at their own endzone. But the visiting team was able to run their way out of the hole thanks to running back Matt Breida.

San Francisco kicker Robbie Gould connected on a 48-yard field goal to cap the drive and put the Niners up by 10.

With two minutes left in the half, the 49ers executed an impressive drive to give San Francisco a 20-3 lead. A personal foul by safety Blake Countess put San Francisco on Los Angeles’ eight. And running back Carlos Hyde capitalized on the favorable field position — punching in an touchdown with a run up the middle.

And with just 26 seconds remaining, Mannion was sacked for the second time, fumbling the ball in the process. Though San Francisco recovered the loose ball, Peterson intercepted Garoppolo’s pass on the ensuing play giving L.A. possession for the final drive of the first half.

Peterson’s two interceptions on Sunday are the most in a single game since Trumaine Johnson picked off two passes against Oakland in 2014. 

“You know our coaches always tell us to stay ready and prepare like you’re going to be a starter because you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “I tried to put a bunch of good stuff on tape.”

An impressive 50-yard catch by wide receiver Michael Thomas, set up a 21-yard field goal for Ficken. The score cut San Francisco’s lead to 20-6 headed into halftime.

The Penn State product was perfect on the night nailing two field goals and one extra poi Josh Donaldson Jersey nt attempt. McVay said he was proud of the way Ficken was able to bounce back after missing two early attempts in Week 16.

“I think he did a nice job today, made the most of his opportunities, and had some good kickoffs as well,” McVay said. “I would have liked to have given him a few more shots, but I think for him to come in here definitely an [improvem JA Happ Jersey ent] from the previous week. Pleased with Sam today.”

But it was much of the same for the Rams in the third quarter, as the offense struggled to find its rhythm and was held to consecutive three-and-outs. Things didn’t look much better for the L.A. defense, as San Francisco’s seven play, 60-yard drive gave the Niners a three-score lead.

Breida kick-started the drive with an 11-yard run to the left and then Garoppolo found tight end Garrett Celek on a 28-yard pass to set up a rushing touchdown — Hyde’s second of the day.

With 3:33 remaining in the third, the Rams’ bad luck continued as tight end Gerald Everett committed the club’s second turnover of the day with a fumble. San Francisco’s K’Waun Williams recovered the ball at the Niners’ 47-yard line.

Garoppolo and company found the end zone once again just seven plays later. 

On third-and-eight from the Los Angeles 12-yard line, the quarterback dropped back and delivered a dime to wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. The score put the Niners ahead 34-6.

It took Los Angeles 15 plays and more than eight minutes to drive downfield, but the Rams finally struck pay dirt late in the fourth quarter.

“Disappointed we  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 33 J A Happ Jersey Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey didn’t come away with a win,” Mannion said. “But that being said, at least we got it going and had a long efficient drive late in the second half.”

On 1st-and-goal from the San Francisco eight-yard line, Mannion handed the ball off to running back Lance Dunbar. The North Texas product muscled his way into the endzone for his first touchdown of the season — cutting the Rams’ deficit to 21 points.

The Niners were able to wind down the clock in victory form Joe Biagini Jersey ation, coming away with a 34-13 win.

With the loss, the Rams will finish the regular season 11-5. It’s an impressive turnaround for the club, which went 4-12 just one year ago. Next Saturday, the Rams will host a Wild Card game against Atlanta at the Coliseum marking the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2004.

Halftime Notes: Rams Starters Resting, 49ers Lead 2 Justin Smoak Jersey 0-6

CB Kevin Peterson had a pair of interceptions in the first half, both of which led to Rams field goals.

LOS ANGELES — With the Rams resting many of their starters, the 49ers lead the home team 20-6 after the first two quarters. Here are a couple notes from the action.

PETERSON PICK

Down 10-0, the Rams’ defense got  JA Happ Jersey off the field with an interception by cornerback Kevin Peterson.

With quarterback Jimmy Gar Josh Donaldson Jersey oppolo already in rhythm midway through the first quarter, Peterson Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 31 Joe Biagini Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey  stepped in front of wide receiver Marquise Goodwin on a route over the middle and picked off Garoppolo’s pass. Peterson returned the interception to the San Francisco 22-yard line for strong field position.

Kicker Sam Ficken nailed a 23-yard field goal to give the Rams their first points of the day, capitalizing on the turnover.

Peterson had another interception toward the Justin Smoak Jersey  end of the first half that helped put L.A. in position for another field goal to cut the deficit to 20-6.

JIMMY G LOOKS THE PART

The 49ers have won each of the four games Garoppo Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 33 J A Happ Jersey Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey lo has started this season and so far it’s fairly easy to see why. The quarterback hit five different receivers for 114 yards in the first quarter, leading the Niners to a pair of scoring drives.

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The Rams have had a pair of players leave the field due to injury. Wide receiver Mike Thomas left with an ankle injury, but retur Joe Biagini Jersey ned to the game before the end of the half. Cornerback Troy Hill and defneisve back Blake Countess were both announced as being evaluated for a concussion.

L Nick Perry Jersey os Rams estarán frescos para recibir a los Falcons el sábado

El juego contra los campeones defensores de la NFC promete ser el más atractivo del fin de semana de comodines

Los Rams dieron un gran paso en la semana 16 cuando consiguieron anticipadamente el campeonato de la División Oeste de la Conferencia Nacional. Eso les otorgó el lujo de poder descansar a casi todos sus jugadores titulares el domingo contra San Francisco – Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Martellus Bennett Elite Salute To Service Jersey una derrota de 34-13 ante los 49ers- y esperar con tranquilidad para conocer a su rival en los playoffs.

Para dar su siguiente paso ya en la postemporada, los Rams van a tener que superar nada menos que al equipo que en febrero pasado se quedó a sólo 57 segundos de ganar el Super Bowl. Y claro, para entonces los Rams van a jugar con lo mejor que tienen.

El debut de los Rams en playoffs en esta nueva etapa de la franquicia será el sábado a las 5:15 pm (PT) en contra de los Falcons de Atlanta, que obtuvieron su clasificación el domingo al derrotar a Carolina 22-10.

Tras el final del partido en el Memorial Coliseum todo hacía indicar que serían los Panthers de Cam Newton quienes visitarían L.A. en la semana de comodines, pero una voltereta de los Buccaneers de Tampa Bay al anotar faltando 9 segundos les quitó el triunfo a los Saints y eso cambió los duelos de playoffs, quedando Rams (11-5) como terceros sembrados de la NFC a pesar de su descalabro y los Falcons (10-6) como sextos. Nueva Orleáns (11-5) y Carolina (11-5) jugarán el otro duelo de comodines de la conferencia. Filadelfia (13-3) y Minnesota (13-3) descansarán.

“Pienso que cualquiera de esos equipos contra los que podíamos enfrentarnos presentan retos. Y con Atlanta no es distinto”, comentó el quarterback Jared Goff, una de las estrellas de los Rams que ni siquiera se uniformaron para el juego final de la temporada regu Packers Jersey For Sale lar. “Y va a ser un juego divertido. Estamos emocionados de estar en ese partido”.

La última vez que los Rams jugaron como locales un juego de playoffs en el sur de Calif Martellus Bennett Jersey ornia fue el 4 de enero de 1986 contra Dallas, al que derrotaron 20-0 en Anaheim. Eso fue 20 días antes del nacimiento del entrenador en jefe Sean McVay.

“Sabemos que es un gran reto jugar contra los campeones reinantes de la NFC”, dijo McVay. “Va a ser un enorme desafío, pero uno por el que nuestros jugadores están muy motivados”.

El regreso de los playoffs de la NFL a Los Ángeles luego de tanto tiempo, el duelo entre dos equipos con ataques explosivos y el horario de sábado por la noche en un histórico escenario son factores que convierten el encuentro Rams-Falcons en el platillo tal vez más atractivo de toda la ronda de comodines. El juego será transmitido a nivel nacional por NBC.

Los suplentes batallaron

Sean Mannion inició como quarterback en lugar de Goff y desde un principio se le vio falto de ritmo y de c David Bakhtiari Jersey oordinación con sus receptores, lo cual era totalmente lógico. Completó 20 de sus 34 pases para 169 yardas. No le ayudó que algunos pases fueran soltados por sus receptores. También sufrió tres capturas y un fumble.

Mike Thomas fue el que mejor lo hizo al ataque con 3 recepciones para 75 yardas, incluyen Nick Perry Jersey do una jugada de 50 yardas antes del medio tiempo que puso la mesa para que el pateador Sam Ficken conectara uno de sus dos goles de campo, ambos cortos (23 y 21 yardas). Al menos Ficken, quien ha tomado el lugar del lesionado Greg Zuerlein, no falló esta vez (también hizo un punto extra), aunque sus intentos no tuvieron alto grado de dificultad.

San Francisco llegó al partido con una racha de cuatro victorias desde que Jimmy Garoppolo es su quarterback y rápidamente mostró su dinamismo ofensivo con 10 puntos en las primeras dos series, la segunda de ellas culminada por un pase a Marquise Goodwin de 8 yardas.

Goodwin saldría lesionado en el segundo periodo a consecuencia de un pelig Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Nick Perry Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Alternate Yellow Jersey roso golpe en la cabeza de parte del defensivo profundo Blake Countess, quien al tratar de impedir una recepción se le fue con todo para castigarlo. Fueron minutos de suspenso en los que el receptor de los 49ers permaneció en el campo antes de ser sacado muy maltrecho a bordo de un vehículo. Countess tampoco continuó al ser sometido a protocolo de conmoción cerebral.

Tras el susto, los 49ers anotaron en carrera de 8 yardas de Carlos Hyde, en una acción tipo rugby en la que la pila de jugadores cruzó la línea de gol para poner el marcador 20-3. Cuando Hyde agregó otra carrera de touchdown en el tercer periodo (27-6) el pa Green Bay Packers rtido quedó prácticamente liquidado.

Dunbar y Peterson

La ofensiva de los Rams pudo llegar a la tierra prometida cerca del final del juego con una carrera de 8 yardas de Lance Dunbar, su primer touchdown con este equipo, tras una serie de 72 yardas en 15 jugadas.

Garoppolo, que aún no pierde en su carrera como quarterback abridor (7-0 incluyendo dos inicios con Nueva Inglaterra), completó 20 de sus 33 pases para 292 yardas, con dos envíos de anotación y dos interceptados, ambos por el joven profundo Kevin Peterson.

El jugador de segunda temporada fue el mejor de los Rams en el partido y tras conocerse que el esquinero Troy Hill no pudo completar el juego por protocolo de conmoción, el entrenador McVay dijo que Peterson podría aparecer en la rotación del perímetro en el juego contra Atlanta.

Plan inteligente de McVay

Entrevistado en el vestidor después del partido, el receptor Robert Woods hizo eco de la opinión generalizada de su equipo: descansar a los jugadores titulares fue una decisión inteligente de McVay.

“Pienso que funcionó a nuestro favor. Pudimos cuidar a algunos de nuestros jugadores para que sanaran de algunas lesiones, muchos pudieron descansar”, dijo Woods. “Pienso que lo de hoy ayudará a muchos jugadores para que se puedan preparar esta semana y estar realmente listos para estar a toda velocidad (contra Atlanta)”.

Velocidad es uno de las características de los Falcons tanto ofensiva como defensivamente. Destacan al ataque por supuesto el quarterback Ryan, el receptor Julio Jones y los corredores Devonta Freeman y Tevin Coleman.

En su juego del domingo contra Carolina, Ryan completó pases para 317 yardas y un touchdown. Jones tuvo 5 recepciones para 80 yardas, mientras Freeman y Coleman corrieron apenas para 46 yardas combinadas, pero atraparon entre ellos 11 pases para otras 99. A la defensiva, Vic Beasley tuvo una captura y el profundo Robert Alford logró uno de tres pases interceptados a Cam Newton.

Atlanta cerró fuerte

Sin embargo, esta temporada los Falcons no han sido los mismos de hace un año. Entre las semanas 4 y 9 apenas ganaron un partido, y aunque cerraron con seis triunfos en sus ocho juegos finales su ataque no pudo carburar del todo bien. Se nota que echan de menos a Kyle Shanahan, el hombre que era su cerebro ofensivo y que ahora es el entrenador en jefe justamente de los 49ers.

El antecedente inmediato entre Rams y Falcons no les trae buenos recuerdos a los angelinos. El 11 de diciembre de 2016 Atlanta masacró a los Rams 42-14 en el Coliseum, un juego en el que hubo cinco balones entregados por L.A., incluyendo dos que fueron devueltos para anotaciones, además de 11 castigos para 105 yardas.

“No podemos esperar para empezar a preparar el juego”, dijo McVay.

Se viene la hora de la verdad y los Rams prometen estar listos para empezar a escribir su historia.

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No. 3 Los Angeles will square off against No. 6 Atlanta at the Coliseum next week for the first round of the playoffs.

Updated 6:25 p.m. PT

LOS ANGELES — For most of Sunday afternoon, it looked as if the Rams would finish the season as the NFC’s No. 4 seed and take on the Panthers at No. 5 next weekend.

Los Angeles fell 34-13 to San Francisco on Sunday, meaning the club finished the 2017 season 11-5. The Saints were leading the Buccaneers for most of the day, which would have put them at 12-4 — good for the No. 3 seed, which would have automatically put Carolina at No. 5.

But then Tampa quarterback James Winston le Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Martellus Bennett Elite Salute To Service Jersey d the Buccaneers to a furious fourth-quarter comeback, driving 95 yards in 11 plays inside two minutes with no timeouts. Winston capped the drive with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Chris Goodwin with only nine seconds left on the clock. Instead of 12-4, New Orleans was 11-5.

At the same time, the Falcons were completing their 22-10 victory over the Panthers — intercepting quarterback Cam Newton to ice the game with only eight ticks remaining. Carolina, too, finished the season 11-5.

Both games were still ongoing when the final whistle blew at the L.A. Coliseum. But by the time head coach Sean McVay walked to the podium for his postgame press conference he knew the day’s results and their consequences.

The Rams rested their starters and are still the NFC’s No. 3 seed. The Saints are No. 4. The Panthers are No. 5. And, with their win, the Falcons are No. 6.

That means L.A. will host Atlanta next Saturday at the Coliseum for Wild Card Weekend. Kickoff is slated for 5:15 p.m. PT.

“Our team is Martellus Bennett Jersey  excited about the opportunity to have the Falcons come here next week. And we know it’s a great challenge against the reigning NFC Champs from last year,” McVay said. “Coach [Dan] Quinn is an excellent head coach — great leader. And you look at, really, a complete football team and it’s going to be a great challenge for us. But one that we’re really extremely excited for. And can’t wait to get to work on the preparation for that one.”

The Falcons famously lost the Super Bowl last year in gut-wrenching fashion, but have bounced back well in 2017 to still make the playoffs. Last year’s AP Most Valuable Players, quarterback Matt Ryan, threw for 317 yards and a touchdown on Sunday to finish the season with 20 TDs and 4,095 yards passing — the seventh consecutive season he’s had at least 4,000 yards passing.

McVay called Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman two of the best all-purpose backs in the league — and with good reason. Freeman racked up 865 yards rushing in 2017, adding 317 yards receiving — including 85 i Packers Jersey For Sale n Sunday’s victory over Carolina. And Coleman finished with 927 yards from scrimmage and eight total touchdowns this season.

And then there’s Julio Jones — arguably the league’s best wide receiver. Jones recorded 1,449 yards receiving in his seventh pro season out of Alabama, his fourth in a row with at least 1,400 yards.

“Julio Jones is one of the best players in this league, and he can kind of do a little bit of everything,” McVay said.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson is likely to matchup against Jones the most next week and was excited about the potential matchup in the locker room.

“You’ve got to love it, man,” Johnson said. “Julio’s one of the best receivers out there right now. You’ve got to love it. But at the same time, I’m one of the best corners, too. So it’s going to be fun.”

Defensively, McVay said the Falcons present many of the same looks the Rams have seen from Seattle, San Francisco, and Jacksonville with their Cover 3 base defense. But there are added wrinkles from with each team. Atlanta, for instance, has last year’s sack leader in Vic Beasley, who recorded a sack on Sunday against Carolina.

Quarterback Jared Goff — who was active, but didn’t play a snap on Sunday — said he feels like L.A. matches up well with the Falcons.

“I think any of those te David Bakhtiari Jersey ams we would’ve ended up playing, all of them present challenges,” Goff said. “And no different with Atlanta. And it’ll be a fun game — we’re excited to get to it next week and it’ll be fun.”

As one of the players who did rest, Goff said he feels like the strategy will aid the Rams headed into next week.

“Today we did get some guys a little healthier, get guys a little bit more fresh — some of those veteran guys that need it and then  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Nick Perry Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Alternate Yellow Jersey some of those guys like Todd that have been banged up all year,” Goff said. “And it feels good — ready to go.”

Plus, the Rams were able to get that rest and still keep their position as the No. 3 seed in the NFC.

“It kind of worked in our favor Green Bay Packers ,” said wideout Robert Woods, who was also active but didn’t play a snap. “We ended up getting a lot of guys healthy, a lot of guys able to rest. Our biggest thing is just speed and how we play on Sundays, how we feel. I think today will help a lot of the guys to be able to prepare this week and just get really ready for this [Saturday] to be full speed, full go. And it’s the start of our run.”

“I think any time you go into a football game, you’re certainly going to try to win the game,” McVay said. “But I do think when you look at the way we approached it Nick Perry Jersey , we feel good about being able to allow some of our players to get some rest, a little bit of recovery time that I think is much needed for some of those guys. And then you keep a couple guys out of harm’s way.”

The rest takes on even more importance with L.A. having one fewer day to get ready to play. The No. 3 Rams and No. 6 Falcons will kick off at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday Jan. 6 at 5:15 PT.

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