Goff completed just 24 of 45 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round.
Because of two special-teams turnovers in the first quarter, the Los Angeles offense was quickly behind the eight ball and unable to lean on its running game Saturday. As a result, Goff was in a negative game script early, and the sophomore quarterback struggled to overcome the uphill battle he faced. Still, he connected on a number of impressive throws and kept the Rams in the game until late in the fourth quarter. Goff's strides under center this season are encouraging for his long-term outlook, and his resiliency in a tough spot Saturday shouldn't go unrecognized. Looking ahead to the 2018 season, Goff should take another step forward with head coach Sean McVay further fine-tuning the Los Angeles offensive attack in his second year calling plays.
Since the Rams were locked in as either the No. 3 or 4 seed entering Week 17, head coach Sean McVay elected to rest Goff and several other key starters for the regular-season finale against the 49ers. Mannion ultimately garnered his first career start in the loss to San Francisco, completing 20 of 34 passes for 169 yards and losing a fumble. Goff will take back the reins of the Rams offense for his first career postseason appearance and aim to build on a breakthrough regular season in which he accrued a 28:7 TD:INT ratio and 8.0 yards per attempt in 15 outings.
Teams are limited to placing a maximum of seven players on inactive lists, so the Rams deactivated absolute certainties like Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald and Andrew Whitworth. Nonetheless, head coach Sean McVay will hand backup QB Sean Mannion the keys to the offense Week 17, meaning Goff will be toting a clipboard for the entirety of this contest.
Goff will be held out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the 49ers, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Rams head coach Sean McVay suggested as much Tuesday and confirmed it Wednesday, also ruling out RB Todd Gurley, LT Andrew Whitworth, C John Sullivan and DT Aaron Donald. The reality of 53-man rosters is that it's nearly impossible to rest each of the 22 starters, but it won't come as any surprise if others players are either held out or extremely limited. Prime candidates include wideouts Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp (knee), along with linebackers Alec Ogletree, Mark Barron and Robert Quinn. Sean Mannion will start at quarterback, with Macolm Brown likely replacing Gurley as the lead runner.
The 11-4 Rams, who clinched the NFC South with last week's win over the Titans, won't be able to claim a first-round bye in the playoffs with the Eagles and Vikings locked into the top two spots in the conference. That leaves Los Angeles with little to play for in Week 17 beyond competing for the third seed and avoiding a fall to fourth, but since the Rams earn a first-round home game in either scenario, McVay is prioritizing the health of the team's core contributors above all else. Goff, who has taken a major leap forward in his second NFL season, is certainly part of that nucleus. Even if Goff is allowed to suit up Sunday, he likely wouldn't play more than a series or two, leaving backup Sean Mannion in line to see his most extensive NFL action to date.
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