The injury thrust an injured Jared Goff into the game and his fate wasn't much more pleasant, at least for the most part, seeing as he was sacked twice in only a handful of plays before finally locating the big play -- by way of a 44-yard grab by wideout Cooper Kupp that could've easily been an interception instead.,Russell Wilson wasn't faring much better though, sacked three times in less than 1.5 quarters -- two of the blows being delivered by defensive lineman Donald before the Rams lost the Pro Bowler to a rib injury early in the second half.,But even without Donald, Wilson couldn't get anything going en route to an abysmal outing, while Goff ended up making the right plays at the right time.,It was a messy contest by both teams, but the Seahawks truly wet the bed -- particularly in the fourth quarter and helped mightily by an elite defensive outing by Los Angeles -- punctuated by a turnover that led to Goff hitting wide receiver Robert Woods for what would be the game-sealing 15-yard touchdown.,And even with Donald out for most of the second half, there seemed to be nothing Seattle could do to protect Wilson from being pushed, pulled, hurried and tossed around -- en route to being sacked five times and hit a total of 10 times over the course of the game.
No NFL team scored more points during the regular season than the Green Bay Packers.,That sets up an intriguing showdown of strength vs. strength when MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (13-3) host All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald and the Rams (11-6) in an NFC divisional playoff game Saturday.,DONALD’S HEALTH Donald left the Seahawks game last week with injured ribs, but the Rams have expressed confidence the six-time All-Pro will play Saturday.,FANS AT LAMBEAU The Packers will be playing a home game in front of paying spectators for the first time this season.,Green Bay hadn’t allowed any spectators for its first four regular-season home games due to the pandemic.
Meyer isn’t just a former college football coach — he’s one of the most accomplished in history.,In his final season with the Buckeyes, Meyer was suspended for three games after mishandling domestic abuse allegations involving former assistant coach Zach Smith.,The go-to sentiment is Meyer won’t be able to handle the week-to-week failure in the NFL knowing his worst season as a head coach in college was an 8-5 with Florida in 2010.,NFL MOCK DRAFT 2021: Projecting where Alabama, Ohio State players will land in first round
Meyer also is a hyper-competitive motivator who had success with college rosters flush with NFL talent.,The Ohio State NFL pipeline helped Meyer develop relationships with NFL coaches, and he undoubtedly spent the last two years learning from other coaches.
Hiring the longtime college coach with three national championships signifies a new direction for a franchise that has lost 105 of 144 games since Khan took over in 2012.,In other NFL news:
—Quarterback Jared Goff will start the Los Angeles Rams’ playoff game at Green Bay on Saturday, and John Wolford will be inactive.,—Four stars from Alabama’s national championship team, including Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Mac Jones, are leaving early to enter the NFL draft.,Keller was charged Wednesday in federal court in Washington after a video emerged that appeared to show him among those storming the Capitol last champion Rollins-McNeal suspended in doping case
On Thursday, McVay noted that quarterback John Wolford will be out of Saturday's playoff matchup after suffering a neck injury that forced him out of Los Angeles's wild-card win over the Seahawks last week.,This isn't totally surprising as Wolford has been unable to hit the practice field this week due to that injury.,As Jared Goff continued to rest his surgically repaired right thumb as the backup for L.A. last weekend, Wolford originally got the nod to start against Seattle.,With Wolford now officially sidelined, that means Jared Goff will start for the Rams in the divisional round.,As Goff gets back to his starting spot and Wolford out, Blake Bortles will serve as the backup quarterback for the Rams this weekend.
The Los Angeles Rams kept their quarterback situation under wraps for the bulk of the week, but moments before kickoff of their Super Wild-Card Weekend matchup with the Seattle Seahawks it was revealed that John Wolford would start.,As Wolford tried to go down head-first on the rushing attempt, Adams' shoulder made direct and hard contact with the top of the quarterback's helmet.,Right as Wolford took the hit, Goff began warming up, came in for two plays -- one of which was a seven-yard sack -- before the club made way for Matt Gay to hit a 40-yard field goal to cap off the 12-play drive.,McVay had noted that Goff was throwing the ball well in practice this week, but the club still gave Wolford the bulk of the starting reps. That seems to be due to the lack of confidence in Goff's effectiveness throwing the ball due to that injured right thumb, which was on full display during Los Angeles' following offensive possession where the veteran quarterback failed to complete a pass as the offense went three-and-out.,The broadcast noted that punter Johnny Hekker is the current in-game backup for Goff with Wolford out.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones didn't hold back in the aftermath of the Crimson Tide's 52-24 dismantling of Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.,They had won 16 in a row dating back to the 2019 season, and then the bottom fell out in consecutive losses by a total of 41 points to Clemson in the ACC championship game and Alabama in the CFP semifinal.,That loss likely kept the Sooners from making their fifth College Football Playoff appearance in the past six years, but they finished the season on an eight-game winning streak, including a 55-20 rout of Florida in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.,The Wildcats played Ohio State tough in the Big Ten championship game before losing 22-10 and then put an impressive bow on the season with a 35-19 win over Auburn in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl.,They beat Georgia and played Alabama down to the final minutes in the SEC championship game, but had trouble stopping teams on defense all season and lost their last three games, including a 55-20 setback to Oklahoma in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.