Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff didn't forget the scenes from two weeks ago when the Seattle Seahawks were celebrating a win over the Rams on their home field. On Saturday, the Seahawks once again hosted the Rams but this time the outcome was different as Los Angeles won 30-20 to make it past the wild-card round.
"Two weeks ago you saw them smoking cigars and getting all excited about beating us and winning the division and we're able to come up here and beat them in their own place," Goff said after the game. "It feels good."
Goff, who underwent a thumb surgery two weeks ago, started the game on the bench but he had to come into the game after John Wolford suffered a neck injury early on in the game. Goff, who was far from 100 percent, went 9-of-19 for 155 yards and zero interceptions against the Seahawks.
"For him to be able to throw the football is pretty impressive," Rams head coach McVay said of Goff. "There were a couple limitations which led to the decision to go with John. I was real pleased with Jared, and I think it was a real credit to him to be able to handle this week the right way and have himself mentally ready to go."
Goff admitted it was tough to be benched
"It was tough," Goff said about McVay's decision. "It was some long conversations we had, but ultimately I respect his decision. He's the coach. He had to make a decision that he needed to make early in the week to get out in front of some stuff, and I get it, but as a competitor of course I wanted to play."
Next week, the Rams will face the winner of the game between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears. "It's in a good place, and I'm very capable with what I got going on right now," Goff said. One of the highlights of the game was a pick-six by Rams cornerback Darious Williams, who intercepted Russell Wilson in the second quarter and returned the ball for a 42-yard pick-six.
"That's a play that I knew was going to happen," said Williams, who has picked off Wilson three times this season and has a team-best five interceptions. "I knew they were going to try to feature [Metcalf], get him the ball somehow, let him break tackles, and I just ran and jumped it."