Rams HC Sean McVay comments on his decision that drew outrage in Vegas

The Rams kicked a meaningless field goal that helped them cover the spread against the 49ers.

by Dzevad Mesic
Rams HC Sean McVay comments on his decision that drew outrage in Vegas
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Head coach Sean McVay insists the Los Angeles Rams kicking a meaningless field goal with four seconds left in the game had nothing to do with Vegas and the spread that was posted at 7.5 in the Rams and San Francisco 49ers game.

With the 49ers leading 30-20 and with four seconds left on the game clock, the Rams opted to hit a 38-yard field goal. Their attempt was successful and the 49ers ended up winning the game 30-23 - but they didn't cover the 7.5 spread.

What happened late in the game drew attention as bettors expressed outrage over what happened in the final seconds. Some were even accusing the Rams of pulling suspicious stuff.

McVay on the Rams' kicking a field goal, covering the spread

“What we were trying to do is we were trying to be able to get a completion to where we kicked the field goal beforehand with the opportunity to be able to .

. . if we had hit that deep in-breaking route, it really would’ve worked out the way that we wanted to. We were going to try to kick a field goal once we got into field goal position to then be able to kick an onside and try to give ourselves the real opportunity to win the game.

By the time it got down to it, [I] didn’t anticipate that in-cut that we hit Puka [Nacua] running that long and just said, ‘Alright, go ahead and kick the field goal.’ [I] felt like it was an opportunity to be able to not leave Matthew [Stafford] susceptible to an unnecessary heave to the end zone and get an opportunity for our field goal operation.

The initial goal was to try to get a two-for-one to where you end up getting into field goal range a little bit earlier with some of the play selections that we had and then ultimately be able to try to have an onside kick to then be able to go try to compete to tie or win the game.

Apparently, [V.P. of communications] Artis [Twyman] told me there’s a lot of people in Vegas pissed off about that decision. I clearly was not aware of that stuff," McVay said, via Pro Football Talk.