The Los Angeles Rams faced some uncertainty about their starting quarterback heading into a playoff game for the second straight week. But head coach Sean McVay finally provided the answer by announcing that Jared Goff will start for the Rams when they face the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round on Sunday.
Backup quarterback John Wolford, who was sidelined in the Rams’ win over the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round due to a neck injury, will miss the game, while another backup signal-caller in Blake Bortles will suit up against the Packers, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated’s MMQB.
Wolford, who led the Rams to a victory in their Week 17 game against the Arizona Cardinals to punch their ticket to the playoffs, started against Seattle last week, but suffered an injury after a hard hit from Seahawks safety Jamal Adams in the first quarter and was taken to the hospital. Wolford has missed team practices this week as he continues to recover from the injury, making McVay’s decision to start Goff less complicated.
Goff, who is coming off a thumb surgery two weeks ago, took over for Wolford against the Seahawks, completing 9-of-19 passes for 155 passing yards and a touchdown to help Los Angeles beat Seattle, 30-20, to set up a meeting with the Packers, the top seed in the NFC.
With the team suffering multiple injuries at quarterback, the Rams could also have rookie signal-caller Bryce Perkins listed as active on Sunday.
The Rams, armed with the NFL’s top-ranked defense, will try to slow down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Saturday as they look to return to the NFC title game for the first time since reaching Super Bowl 53 two seasons ago.