How Cooper Kupp Can Make NFL History in the Rams’ NFC Championship Matchup With the 49ers

The Los Angeles Rams pushed all their chips in to make a run to the Super Bowl this season. Von Miller, Odell Beckham Jr., Sony Michel, and Matthew Stafford are a few players they acquired to revamp this team. However, Cooper Kupp has been the star of the season for the Rams — and perhaps the entire NFL.

As the Rams prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, Kupp is on the verge of breaking another NFL record.

Cooper Kupp is an NFL MVP candidate this season

The Eastern Washington product has burst onto the scene in the 2021 campaign. The Stafford-Kupp relationship is a match made in heaven, and the Rams are enjoying every second of this one.

While Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady appear to be the 1-2 punch for NFL MVP, Kupp has a strong case to be made. He finished the regular season atop the NFL in receptions (145), yards (1,947), and touchdowns (16) to win the wide receiver triple crown.

In the NFL Playoffs, he hasn’t missed a beat. Kupp posted 61 yards and a touchdown on five catches against the Arizona Cardinals then destroyed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 183 yards and a score on nine catches — including the pivotal catch with seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Kupp then drew more MVP praise, including from teammate Johnny Hekker, and the Rams headed home for the NFC title game.

LA is just one game away from the Super Bowl, and Kupp is one game away from setting another impressive NFL record.

The Rams wide receiver can top Michael Irvin’s record with another huge performance

If things go well against the 49ers, the Rams will head to the Super Bowl, and Kupp will again cement his name in the NFL record books.

More often than not, Kupp has posted 100 or more receiving yards. Against the Buccaneers, he was unstoppable. However, the 49ers defense poses a serious threat to LA — especially since they have already defeated the Rams twice this season.

In those two previous matchups against the Rams, Kupp was a monster and exceeded the 100-yard threshold both times.

In their first meeting on November 15, Kupp had 11 catches for 122 yards and then seven catches for 118 yards and a score in the Week 18 tilt.

However, San Francisco just frustrated Rodgers and the Packers, even holding Davante Adams to 90 yards on nine catches. Although Kupp has fared well against the 49ers, it will be a different story with so much at stake.

Nonetheless, another 100-yard game will send Kupp above Michael Irvin and etch his name into the NFL record books. That won’t be the only piece of NFL history for Kupp, either.

Any other year, Kupp might be the runaway favorite for NFL MVP. Unfortunately, Rodgers and Brady have ruined his chances, but a trip to the Super Bowl is what everybody wants.

Can the Rams avoid a third straight loss to the 49ers and get to the Super Bowl?

Cooper Kupp is trying to make NFL history as the Rams face the 49ers.
Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams | Harry How/Getty Images

All season long, the story in LA has been the Rams’ earnestness to get to the Super Bowl. They dealt many future draft picks to bring in some key guys, and this seems like their best shot to get there.

Sean McVay is trying for his second Super Bowl trip as a head coach, and Stafford has shuttered his playoff demons to secure two massive wins — and put Brady’s NFL career in limbo.

The Rams are still bitter about that Week 18 loss to the 49ers that cost LA a chance to host a playoff game. Oddly enough, they are hosting the NFC title game at SoFi Stadium and could host the Super Bowl, just like the Buccaneers did last season.

However, the 49ers have owned the Rams in recent years. In the last six meetings, the 49ers have walked away with the victory each time. Can San Francisco get lucky victory No. 7?

Or can the Rams finally break the streak and get to the Super Bowl?

LA will be playing football in February if Kupp has anything to do with it.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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