LA superior to the NFC championship sport by dashing for 273 yards however could not seal the 30-22 win over Dallas till Goff’s 11-yard, third-down scramble late within the fourth quarter. The Cowboys stayed within the sport as a result of they made certain to not permit any large go performs to the Rams’ gifted large receivers, even on the expense of a non-existent go rush.
There have been a couple of drops and poor routes that did not assist Goff. However total, his passing efficiency (15-of-28, 186 yards, 74.four ranking. 6.6 yards per try) was extra in keeping with his early December stoop than his typically stellar play through the 2018 common season.
Whether or not he attracts a rematch with the Eagles or the Saints in subsequent Sunday’s NFC championship sport, Goff will must be at his best possible for the Rams to advance to Tremendous Bowl 53.
The Cowboys’ sometimes stout run protection performed too tender and made Goff extra of a bystander. The Saints, although, have been persistently higher in opposition to the run all season and would get the emotional increase of enjoying at house once more vs. the Rams. The Eagles had been horrible in opposition to the run in the course of the season, however improved well being and extra sound tackling have restored them as a drive.
Each groups had success slowing down a Gurley-led Los Angeles dashing assault in earlier victorious conferences. Neither crew acquired a lot strain on Goff, however every intercepted him as soon as and foiled him typically in third-down and red-zone conditions. These had been keys within the Saints’ 45-35 win in November, and the Eagles’ 30-23 win in December.
The addition of Anderson will not out of the blue create vastly totally different outcomes on the bottom. And New Orleans and Philadelphia have extra explosive offenses than that of Dallas. Whether or not it is Drew Brees or a an overachieving Nick Foles, the strain will likely be on Goff to out-duel the opposing QB.
The Rams’ protection, by necessity, bought out to cease Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ elite dashing assault, on the expense of almost blowing an enormous lead with their restricted go protection. The Saints and Eagles’ extra aggressive, balanced offenses might help flip the script.
When the Saints and Eagles have struggled defensively this season, it has been tied to leaks within the secondary. Between Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds, there will likely be matchups for Goff to use downfield. The Rams have to persistently join on these. Goff is able to delivering at that stage on each deep balls and extra exact passes within the pink zone.
Goff was shaky in his playoff debut a yr in the past, because the Rams went one-and-done in opposition to the Falcons within the wild-card spherical. He seemed much more comfy this yr, however he was off simply sufficient to maintain the Cowboys alive by means of their last possession.
Rams coach Sean McVay, nonetheless, was sensible to place the ball in Goff’s fingers with the sport on the road. Given how the sport was going for the Rams in working vs. passing, staying grounded with Goff to convert a third-and-Eight ought to function a lift of aggressive confidence for the QB.
Goff ought to be ready for that. He had almost a mixed 100 dropbacks in opposition to the Saints and Eagles, and there is a good likelihood the amount is round half that in opposition to both crew the second time round.
The NFC championship sport will likely be an early defining second for the third-year quarterback. An distinctive, victorious outing would push Goff nearer to “elite” standing. If he is off once more, nonetheless, there’ll extra of the “system” speak and issues that Goff falls into the class of extremely running-game dependent QB.
The alternatives won’t lack for Goff to go both manner.