Matthew Stafford Fulfills Rams’ Super Bowl Request Exactly One Year to the Day — and Nearly the Minute

The Los Angeles Rams have punched their ticket to Super Bowl LVI after defeating the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. After wheeling and dealing in the offseason, the Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the 49ers to secure an NFC title and get to the Big Game.

The Rams’ path included a number of risky transactions, with Von Miller, Odell Beckham Jr., Sony Michel, and Matthew Stafford among the players they acquired. Nonetheless, it worked out, and Stafford fulfilled the Rams’ request to get to a Super Bowl with another tremendous performance.

Even more shocking is that January 30 was the one-year anniversary of Stafford being traded to the Rams from the Detroit Lions — and LA clinched the NFC almost to the exact minute of the trade.

The trade for Matthew Stafford comes with an unbelievable timestamp

On January 30, 2021, Adam Schefter of ESPN announced the trade between the Lions and Rams. LA dealt a lot to acquire Stafford as they began their quest for an all-in run to the Super Bowl.

A year later — almost to the minute — Stafford took a knee at SoFi Stadium and sent the Rams’ fans and sideline into a long-awaited celebration.

The Rams were down 10 going into the fourth quarter, but Stafford delivered when he needed to and shattered the dreams of the 49ers with 13 unanswered points.

Stafford finished the game with a 31-45 clip for 337 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception as he continues to get rid of his former playoff struggles.

That final snap, that final kneel, and that embrace between Sean McVay and Stafford was what they envisioned when the Rams made the trade with the Lions precisely one year ago. The comments by the Rams head coach after the game were full of emotion, and it shows how much Stafford means to him.

The investment of Stafford is paying dividends and the Rams agressive approach got them to the Super Bowl

The Rams sat back last offseason and came up with a blueprint to get back to the Super Bowl. It all started by trading Jared Goff to the Lions for Stafford. You could even argue it began before that by trading for Jalen Ramsey.

But, the plan came into fruition after the Stafford deal. A superstar quarterback came into the fold, and the Rams’ vision became crystal clear.

Then, they scooped up Michel via trade. The Rams followed that up by acquiring Miller in a trade with the Denver Broncos and somehow convinced Beckham to join them after a shocking release from the Cleveland Browns.

The aggressiveness by the Rams has paid off, and they were able to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl — and play it in their home stadium, nonetheless.

It was an all-out team effort, but the trade for Stafford kicked things into high gear, and the quarterback delivered when it mattered most.

Super Bowl LVI is a reality for the Rams, but Joe Burrow and the Bengals are no easy task

Rams QB Matthew Stafford after clinching the NFC.
Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The dreams have turned into a reality for the Rams. The vision panned out, and the aggressive pursuit — one that was criticized time and time again — worked wonders for LA.

However, the Cincinnati Bengals and Joe Burrow stand in their way at Super Bowl LVI. As excited and delighted as the Rams are to clinch the NFC, winning the Big Game is why they decided to make these moves — and everybody knows that, especially McVay (h/t Kevin Patra of NFL.com).

“We got one more, we know it’s gonna be a great challenge.”

Sean McVay on Super Bowl LVI

The red-hot Bengals ended the Kansas City Chiefs’ chances at a third straight Super Bowl behind a stellar performance from the entire team and another game-winner from Evan McPherson.

As the Rams prepare for the Super Bowl, they aren’t content with just getting there — they want to win the whole thing and hoist that Lombardi Trophy on February 13.

After all, this is why they went all-in, and this is why they brought Stafford to town.

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