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Whitworth finally got to savor his first playoff vic

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Late in his 13th NFL season Authentic David Edwards Jersey , Andrewtory, albeit only for a minute or two.After the burly left tackle briefly celebrated on the Coliseum turf with his wife and children Saturday night, he rushed back to the Los Angeles Rams‘ locker room and reminded his teammates they’ve only completed a third of their postseason work.The 37-year-old Whitworth and the Rams both ended lengthy playoff droughts with their 30-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys, and they realized the importance of their achievement without being satisfied by it.After extending their second straight outstanding season to the NFC championship game, the Rams are determined to seize this chance to go even farther.“It’s great, but you know what? I feel like this team has potential for more than that,” Whitworth said. “It’s a great feeling, and I’m happy to have it, but I didn’t try to get to the playoffs to just win a playoff game. I’m trying to win a Super Bowl. That’s the only focus, and now we’re one step closer.”The Rams (14-3) took this step while following right behind Whitworth. The entire offensive line couldn’t have drawn up a sweeter scenario for this breakthrough win after they punctured the Cowboys’ defense for a franchise playoff-record 273 yards rushing.That’s the most ever allowed in the postseason by the five-time Super Bowl champion Cowboys, who were playing in their NFL-record 63rd postseason game. Dallas was even coming off a wild-card round victory in which it largely shut down Seattle’s NFL-best rushing attack.“I feel like we think we can run the football on anybody David Edwards Los Angeles Rams Jerseys ,” Whitworth said. “We were confident coming into this game that we could do it.”After a decade of playoff disappointment with the Cincinnati Bengals, Whitworth agreed to join the Rams and a head coach four years younger than him last season because he believed something remarkable could happen in Los Angeles. The way Whitworth and his linemen manhandled Dallas (11-7) at the line of scrimmage was remarkable indeed: The Rams dominated on the ground from the opening drive to C.J. Anderson’s 1-yard TD plunge on fourth-and-goal with 7:16 to play.Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley ran for 115 more yards and another TD to send the second-seeded Rams to the NFC championship game for the first time in 17 years.“Big boys played really great up front,” Anderson said. “Me and Todd just tried to pick the right spots.”The long-struggling Rams had won only one postseason game since their last trip to the Super Bowl in February 2002, but coach Sean McVay has added his first playoff victory to his spectacular two-season franchise turnaround. Los Angeles is one win away from another Super Bowl trip after McVay largely stuck to old-time football basics with his unlikely running back tandem and an offensive line determined to assert its superiority.“It means a lot for this team,” said the 32-year-old McVay, the youngest coach in NFL history to win a playoff game. “That’s what’s special about it is to be able to see guys that have success, talking about a guy like Andrew Whitworth that’s been playing as long as he has. To see him play at the level that he played at tonight, and then to be able to get his first playoff win with these guys, I know he cares so much about and loves these guys.”Next weekend, they will face the winner of the other divisional playoff game in New Orleans between the top-seeded Saints and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.COWBOYS CRACKEDThe Cowboys hadn’t allowed two 100-yard rushers in a playoff game since the NFL-AFL merger. Los Angeles racked up more yards than the Cowboys had allowed on the ground all season Los Angeles Rams Jerseys Stitched , a particular embarrassment for a proud, effective defense.STOPPING ZEKEWhile Anderson and Gurley ran wild, NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott managed just 47 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh both had outstanding games, but the Cowboys blamed themselves for their inability to establish a consistent rushing attack, particularly against the Rams’ run defense, which had been spotty.“They dominated us up front,” Elliott said. “We didn’t get any movement.”DYNAMIC DUOAnderson joined the Rams last month as an emergency fill-in for Gurley, who injured his knee and missed the final two games. Anderson has a Super Bowl ring from Denver, but he also was released by the Broncos, Carolina and Oakland over the past nine months.Anderson has played three games for Los Angeles, and he rushed for at least 100 yards in all three.Gurley and Anderson became the fourth set of teammates in NFL history to rush for 100 yards apiece in a postseason game while Dallas gave up 200 yards rushing in a playoff game for the first time since Eric Dickerson did it for the Rams in 1986.DROUGHTS CONTINUEDak Prescott passed for 266 yards and rushed for a TD with 2:11 to play David Edwards Jersey nfl draft , but the Cowboys couldn’t climb out after falling into a 23-7 hole midway through the third quarter.The Cowboys still haven’t won a playoff game on the road in 26 years. After winning the NFC East and beating Seattle last week, Dallas lost in the divisional playoff round for the sixth consecutive time and fell short of its first trip to the NFC championship game since January 1996.“It’s been a great season, all the ups and downs at 3-5 and being counted out,” Prescott said. “Just the way we were able to get back here was inspiring. We had a good team, and when you feel confident about that team and lose, it hurts. We’re a young team. We have a lot of guys with the right makeup to get back here and get to the next round.” Ten observations from Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings in Week 4. But first, the snap count distributions. Offense Defense Special Teams Marcus Peters had a brutal game. When Peters’ gambling goes well, it results in the spectacular pick six and celebration against the Raiders in Week One. When it goes poorly, you get the kind performance we saw from him on Sunday. Peters was caught looking into the backfield - twice - and was torched for 39-yard and 30-yard touchdowns. He doesn’t look 100 percent healthy through no fault of his own, but he also has to be more disciplined when facing speedy wideouts. The run defense also had a rough day. Coming into the day, Los Angeles had held opposing rushers to under 100 yards in three of four games to start the season. Then came the tandem of Chris Carson and Mike Davis Custom David Edwards Jersey , who chewed up the Rams’ front seven for 184 total yards. More concerning, the duo gained a combined 114 yards rushing directly up the middle at Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald. When it really mattered, the defense came through. Despite Peters’ and the front seven’s struggles to contain the run, the defense showed up in crunch time. They held Seattle to only 58 yards and 0-for-2 on third down in the fourth quarter. Wide receiver injuries. Concussions assessed to Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks left the Rams in a bind, forcing Josh Reynolds and KhaDarel Hodge into duty for a combined 63 snaps. Losing both is obviously problematic, but Kupp had been producing a 144.3 passer rating when targeted, so the Rams will miss him if he’s out for an extended period of time. A tale of two Goffs. Despite his overall gigantic step forward this season and MVP candidacy through five weeks, Jared Goff has been uneven in the red zone. He’s second in the league in touchdown passes inside the 10, but also leads the league with two interceptions. Robert Woods is incredible. After Kupp and Cooks went down, the Seahawks defense shifted considerable attention to Woods, who moved over to fill Kupp’s role. Still Discount David Edwards Jersey , he shouldered all 66 offensive snaps, caught five of his seven targets for 92 yards and added two rushing attempts for 53 yards. Mark Barron is back. Barron didn’t ease back into his role after stepping onto the field for the first time in eight months, playing 48 snaps or 80 percent of the defensive total. He also led Los Angeles with a combined nine tackles. Tight ends still pedestrian. Even with an expanded role after Kupp and Cooks’ injuries, Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett caught only a combined three passes for 35 yards. Higbee played 53 snaps or 80 percent of the offensive total. Troy Hill’s solid outing. Hill got the start against Seattle and racked up five tackles and a deflected pass. He also outsnapped Sam Shields 50 snaps to 10. Two sacks for the stars. Donald and Suh picked up a pair of quarterback takedowns to bring their combined season total to six, but the Rams edge rushers are still struggling. Combined, the rest of the team has four sacks.

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