Postgame narratives tend to bury key performs in an avalanche of takes and powerless outrage. Within the aftermath of the Los Angeles Rams’ time previous rules victory over the Fresh Orleans Saints one key play goes overlooked.
The non-call lope interference on Tommylee Lewis will seemingly be a talking level all offseason. Jared Goff will exercise the next two weeks getting sea-poems written about his heroics. And Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein earned high reward for nailing his 57-yard sport-successful self-discipline purpose.
These storylines couldn’t raise the identical weight without Dante Fowler’s expansive hit of Drew Brees on the first possession in time previous rules that introduced on a sport-changing interception.
Fowler started on the left side of the Rams D-line, bulled his formula into the center, then spun free of Saints fair correct sort out Ryan Ramczyk, into Brees’ face. Fowler hit the quarterback upon the release, sending the ball fluttering into the air. The blow introduced on the lope to reach assist up neatly brief of its intended target and land within the clutch of L.A.’s safety John Johnson as he was as soon as falling to the turf.
“Drew Brees easy had the ball in his hand and was as soon as having a survey downfield, which he continuously does — fair correct quarterbacks continuously form,” Fowler said of how the play unfolded, by job of the group’s official web dwelling. “Nevertheless I feel he didn’t sight me — he seen me excellent minute. He tried to throw it and I seen his hand — it was as soon as too leisurely.”
Johnson deserves credit for corralling the floating pigskin, however the ball is never any longer a wayward duck if no longer for Fowler’s stress.
The Rams imported the historical first-spherical lope rusher from the Jacksonville Jaguars at the change closing date in alternate for a 2019 third-spherical scheme shut and 2020 fifth-rounder. Following Fowler’s performance within the playoffs, lets take L.A. total manager Les Snead would form that deal all over again.
The lope rusher compiled five tackles, 0.5 sacks, two QB hits and a kind out for loss in Sunday’s preserve. Within the Divisional Round, Fowler added the Rams most spirited sack to head with a kind out for loss and a QB hit. After a principally disappointing traditional season in L.A. (two sacks in eight video games), Fowler surged within the postseason.
“These are monumental stages. I’ve been right here excellent year (with Jacksonville) and I watched these video games rising up and I upright knew what it took. I upright know the blueprint, upright to if truth be told accept to the quarterback, guys admire these,” Fowler said. “I conducted (Tom) Brady excellent year, I knew that I had to accept to him — which I did fair correct within the first half of, however I didn’t within the second half of and that is the explanation after they won. This second half of, I told myself that wasn’t going to happen all over again and I used to be as soon as able to accept the chance in time previous rules and I upright came up with it. I used to be as soon as delighted that I could perchance perchance well make the play for this group.”
He made among the largest performs of the game in time previous rules which space up the Rams to kick a sport-successful self-discipline purpose after gaining upright 15 yards.
With Fowler and Ndamukong Suh taking half of their most spirited video games of the season the previous two weeks, the Rams every so typically porous protection has firmed, rising a unhealthy sport-wrecking entrance. Sean McVay’s group will need a repeat performance from the duo in two weeks within the Mammoth Bowl. Maybe Fowler can accurate revenge on Brady for excellent year’s playoff falter.