And like that, they did it.
The Los Angeles Rams have won their first playoff game since the 2004 season checking off yet another box for Head Coach Sean McVay, QB Jared Goff and many of their colleagues beating the Dallas Cowboys, 30-22.
Breaking this one down is pretty straightforward. The offensive line mauled their way out in front helping RBs Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson become the fourth tandem to run for 100 yards each in playoff history. Beyond that? Enough supplementary offense and defensive stops to put this away.
And while it wasn’t perhaps the predictable gameplan, that’s what has come to typify the 2018 Rams. They can get it done in a variety of ways. The inconsistency hasn’t doomed them. If anything, it’s given them enough versatility to deal with all kinds of opponents.
So we move on.
The Rams will play the winner of the New Orleans Saints-Philadelphia Eagles divisional game tomorrow. They’ll get a chance to avenge a loss either way. And they’ll get a chance at validating the course they set out for this season back in March.
Reaching the Super Bowl.
Tonight, we can celebrate yet another marker of a franchise growing into an era of success. The first playoff win. The first conference championship.
And the first chance to legitimately declare a place in the top tier of the NFL in this new era.
The Rams have arrived.
Now we just have to see how long their arrival lasts.