Goff completed 21 of his 27 pass attempts for 174 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Rams' divisional-round loss to the Packers on Saturday. Goff completed a high percentage of his passes, but he rarely pushed the ball downfield. He had only five completions of more than 10 yards, two of which came during the team's second drive of the contest. Despite the conservative approach -- which may have been forced due to the health of his thumb -- Goff kept the Rams competitive late into the game by not committing any turnovers. Heading into 2021, Goff is under contract and is almost certain to remain the team's starting quarterback due to the cap restraints of his deal.
Goff will start Saturday's playoff game in Green Bay, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. Earlier in the week, coach Sean McVay suggested he was undecided between Goff and John Wolford, with the former still healing from thumb surgery and the latter now nursing a neck injury. It turns out Wolford won't be able to play, making the decision an easy one for McVay. Goff has been wearing gloves during practice this week, hoping it'll help his grip as he prepares to play in cold weather with his right thumb still bothering him. He completed nine of 19 passes for 155 yards and a TD in the Rams' 30-20 win over Seattle last week, and he's been a full participant in practice this week.
Rams head coach Sean McVay said he's taking the decision on his starting quarterback between Goff (thumb) and John Wolford (neck) "a day at a time" ahead of Saturday's divisional-round game at Green Bay, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. Goff has been a full participant in practice this week, while Wolford hasn't practiced at all after picking up a stinger in the wild-card victory over Seattle. Entering that game in place of Wolford, Goff completed nine of 19 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown. Considering where the two quarterbacks stand as of Wednesday, Goff likely is the leading candidate to direct the Rams offense this weekend, but McVay may also take the decision down to the wire, as he did in the postseason opener.
Goff (right thumb) was a full participant at Tuesday's walk-through. Following surgery on his dislocated right thumb Dec. 28, Goff missed the season finale, and his status remained in question for the wild-card round. Coach Sean McVay ended up making an active Goff the backup this past Saturday in Seattle, but he quickly made an appearance when starter John Wolford (neck) was knocked from the game on a Jamal Adams hit. Goff's final stat line -- 9-for-19 for 155 yards and one touchdown -- was modest on its face, but he ended up leading the Rams to a 30-20 victory. He kicked off this week as uncapped on Tuesday's practice estimate, while Wolford was held out entirely, seemingly putting Goff in the driver's seat to start Saturday at Green Bay. Still, McVay has yet to make a call on L.A.'s starting QB for the divisional round.
Goff said after Saturday's 30-20 win over the Seahawks in the wild-card round that he doesn't believe his surgically repaired thumb will affect him heading into next weekend's divisional-round game against either the Packers of Buccaneers, Eric D. Williams of SI.com reports. "My thumb is fine," Goff said. "And I'm not going to use it as an excuse for anything that didn't go my way or any throw. It's not 100 percent because I had surgery 10 days ago or 12 days ago or whatever. But it's in a good place and I'm very capable of what I've got going on right now." After sitting out the Rams' Week 17 win over the Cardinals, Goff was active for the wild-card round as a backup to John Wolford after he was only able to practice on a limited basis leading up to the contest. With Wolford exiting in the first half with a neck stinger, Goff was thrust into action and clearly looked to be affected by his thumb. He still did well enough to avoid turning the ball over while the Rams deployed a run-heavy game plan, with Goff finishing the day with nine completions for 155 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts. While Goff looks like he won't miss any further time, if Wolford is also cleared to play in the next round, the Rams may hold off on naming a starter until their final practice of the week.
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