After bolstering the defenses with big name signings over the summer, such as Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh, the LA Rams were coming into the 2018-19 regular season with high hopes. Second year coach Sean McVay was the 2017 coach of the year, and only a deep playoff run in the season of 2018 would meet the expectations of McVay and the organization.
The regular season started in ideal fashion for the Rams, who opened up the season 8-0. Week 9 saw the Rams fall to the Saints in the Superdome, giving LA their first loss of the season. LA had little problems bouncing back from the loss, winning the next three games. The Rams ended the last four games of the season with a 2-2 record, recording losses to two NFC playoff bound teams in the Bears and Eagles.
The Rams balanced scheme was the key to their success all regular season. LA had an impactful run game, with Todd Gurley carrying the load, rushing for 1,251 yards and 17 TDs. Third year quarterback Jared Goff had the best season of his young career so far, throwing for 4,688 yards with 32 TDs and 12 INTs. Robert Woods (86 catches, 1,219 yards, 6 TD) and Brandin Cooks (80 catches, 1,204 yards, 5TD) were favorite targets of Goff.
Record : 2-0*
(Super Bowl To Be Played February 3rd)
The Rams were able to earn the 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, qualifying them for a first round bye. LA played their first 2019 postseason game against the Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round. The Rams were able to jump out to a 20-7 halftime lead, and went on to win the game 30-22. C.J. Anderson received more touches than Todd Gurley against the Cowboys, with Anderson running for 123 yards and a TD. The Rams defense held Zeke Elliott to under 2.5 yards per carry, and the Rams moved onto the NFC Championship game.
The Rams were on the road for the NFC title, playing the Saints in a rematch of a 45-35 week 9 loss for LA. New Orleans started quick, and took a 13-0 lead into the second quarter. The Rams rolled with the adversity and had the game was tied 20-20 with less than 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter. A controversial no-call kept LA in the game, and allowed them to tie the game at 23-23 to go into overtime. In the extra period, Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked the game winning field goal from 57 yards, sending the LA Rams to Super Bowl LIII.
The Rams will head into Super Bowl LIII as the underdogs, but not by much. They have already beat the Saints at the Superdome, and will like their chances with the Patriots. The LA pass rush will be looking to get after Brady, who has yet to be sacked this postseason.