The Los Angeles Rams relatively easily disposed of their division rival Seattle Seahawks today to advance to the next round of the playoffs, but lost a number of key players to injury today that will prove costly if they can’t return next week.
John Wolford, who was starting at quarterback in place of Jared Goff, got drilled by a shoulder-to-helmet hit from Jamal Adams and was transported away from the stadium in an ambulance with a neck injury. Aaron Donald, the pass rusher who is perhaps the most significant non-quarterback player in the entire NFL, left the game with a rib injury. Cooper Kupp, their leading receiver during the regular season, left the game with a non-contact knee injury.
Unless the Bears stun the Saints on Sunday, the Rams will play the Packers next weekend. It goes without saying that Donald and Kupp are very important in a game that the Rams would be decent underdogs in even at full health.
For now, we should applaud this victory for the Rams. They were underdogs in this game and deserve a ton of credit for smothering Russell Wilson. This was a big win for Sean McVay over Pete Carroll, in a game where he had to adjust on the fly on offense to return to Jared Goff, who is less than two weeks removed from thumb surgery.