Sunday, December 5, 2021

Jared Goff, Lions scared Rams, but failed

On a miserable Sunday for many quarterbacks – just ask Patrick Mahomes, Justin Fields and Sam Darnold on the bench – somehow Detroit’s Jared Goff survived relatively unscathed.

Oh, Goff will feel it Monday morning. He was knocked down by Jalen Ramsey of the Rams in a corner blitz and was later destroyed by Aaron Donald in a key game of the game. But Goff, facing his former team for the first time, did well in a 28-19 defeat at SoFi Stadium.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter. The rams are 6-1 and are still rolling; The Lions remain the NFL’s only 0-7 lose-lose team. However, things could have been much worse for the Los Angeles quarterback, who finished first overall in 2016.

“We’re 0-7 and we need to do something here,” said Goff, who completed 22 of 36 assists for 268 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. “But at the same time, when we play the way we played today, and so much positive, it’s good to see. But this is still not enough. “

After the game, Rams coach Sean McVeigh made a commitment to track down Goff and hug him. Whether it was a step for the cameras or a gesture from the heart, it briefly blew up the icy stalemate between them that began when the quarterback fell out of favor and McVeigh began looking elsewhere, a search that ended with the acquisition of former Lion Star Matthew Stafford in the rare exchange of a quarterback for a quarterback.

Goff and McVeigh hugged quickly and shared a few words, then Goff continued to re-establish ties with other old teammates, including a long bear hug with left tackle Andrew Whitworth. The quarterback said he hadn’t thought about it before, but he hadn’t seen many of these guys since the Rams traded him.

Goff and Stafford do not act from scratch, so it is difficult to compare them exactly. They both commit different crimes. This is Ford versus Ferrari.

But what we saw on Sunday is the difference between a capable and decent NFL quarterback at Goff and an elite one at Stafford.

The Lions stayed in the game with a long blitz touchdown early on, three successful trick plays – a surprise kick and two fake kicks – some good Goff throws, and various screens, rallies, and the like.

But when they needed a big game from Goff, a huge shot under a lot of pressure, they didn’t get it. This is fine. Most NFL quarterbacks couldn’t play this game.

The Rams, however, got those shots from Stafford. He stood coolly in his pocket and threw darts into his receivers. He completed 28 of 41 assists for 334 yards with three touchdowns and no assists. It wasn’t clean play and he didn’t face the choke defense, but he handled it like an elite quarterback would.

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After scoring a touchdown in the first leg, the Lions scored four field goals. This ploy kept Rams’ attack on the sideline – the Lions held the ball for over five minutes longer – but ended up scoring just three points.

The crowd at SoFi was quite loud, but Goffa didn’t seem to follow. Again, why do people boo him? He never asked to leave.

“I have a lot of memories of a lot of these guys,” he said. “A lot of friendship for life. In the five years I have spent here, we have done something very special. I’m definitely proud of that. “

The Lions, six behind, put together a 63-yard drive and converted four-thirds of a down with a drive that took most of the fourth quarter. They had advanced to 12th position and were in a direct hit zone, going forward as Donald broke through the middle and hit Goff as he tried to connect with tight end T.J. Hawkenson in the scoring zone.

What started out as a pass turned into an awkward hook shot that Ramsey intercepted and returned 25 yards, drowning out the threat.

Jalen Ramsey responded to an interception of Lions quarterback Jared Goff in the fourth quarter to secure the Rams’ victory.

(Luis Cinco)

“Aaron Donald, man, we did a pretty good job most of the day, then he gives us one and we’re done,” said Lions coach Dan Campbell. “You can go through the whole game, and then suddenly something like this happens, and this is too much. It’s too good for a football team. “

The Lions started the game by pressing every button on the Madden controller. They hit a touchdown in the first leg when D’Andre Swift caught a short pass from Goff, stumbled a bit, regained his balance and overtook the defense for 63 yards.

Detroit followed this landing with a successful surprise side kick and later converted a pair of fake antlers. It was wild and Goff loved it. Campbell hid the offside plan from everyone, including his players.

“Dan hasn’t spoken to anyone until today,” Goff said. “They have a powerful attack and we wanted to keep these guys out of the field. At the same time, we control the ball well, we do good things offensively, which brings us back to the field. It was definitely part of his plan, and obviously it worked. “

It is clear that not everything worked out as planned. The Lions are still looking for this elusive victory. On Sunday they will host Philadelphia with two wins, so they will have more options.

Goff is not Stafford. But on Sunday, Detroit’s new leader showed the Lions that he is gradually getting closer to the player they want him to be.

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