Though they weren’t quite the Greatest Show on Turf of years past, this year’s Los Angeles Rams team was explosive during the first half of the season and quarterback Jared Goff was the one throwing the bombs.
But, since Week 10, the big plays have been lacking for the Rams and the team has managed 3.2 passing plays of 20 or more yards per game. Prior to Week 10, the Rams averaged 5.1 big passing plays per game, tied with the Chiefs for the league lead.
The first two games of the playoffs have been even worse for Los Angeles as the Rams have just six big passing plays thus far. By comparison, the Patriots have 10.
For the Rams to have a chance in the Super Bowl against New England, that will have to change and it is Goff who must make that change happen.
Despite his recent struggles, it was a good regular season for Goff and the third-year QB was top five in the league in yards per attempt and top 10 in passer rating.
A Pro Bowler for the second straight year, Goff tossed 32 touchdowns compared to just 12 interceptions and helped lead the Rams to the second-best record in the NFC.
But his performance slipped toward the end of the season and he was not stellar in the divisional and championship rounds of the playoffs.
For the Rams to win on Sunday, that trend will have to be reversed.
“Goff, just 24, has the opportunity to take Brady’s spot as the second-youngest quarterback in history to win a Super Bowl,” according to FiveThirtyEight. “But doing so will likely require Goff to again be the quarterback he was in the first half of his season.”