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Bill Plaschke: For Rams quarterback Jared Goff, loss to Packers is still a personal victory

Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

Don’t let his white gloves fool you.

Jared Goff showed he can do the dirty work.

At snow-sprinkled Lambeau Field on Saturday, Goff raged against his injured thumb, fought without his favorite receiver, battled a relentless pass rush and slapped hard at weeks’ worth of doubts.

The Rams lost, but Goff won.

The Green Bay Packers’ unstoppable offense triumphed, but the Rams’ beleaguered quarterback shined.

For now, anyway.

 

The final score in the NFC divisional playoff game was Packers 32, Rams 18, but the real intriguing outcome was elsewhere.

It was Jared Goff 1, John Wolford and any other potential Rams starting quarterback 0.

It’s still close. There is still uncertainty. This offseason, the Rams would be foolish not to bring in a veteran backup to challenge Goff. It’s almost guaranteed they will continue to nurture Wolford as a potential replacement.

But with the odds stacked against him in a chilly stadium filled with 9,000 hearty fans, Goff played well enough to at least go into the spring as the Rams’ starter. His coach even said as much afterward, albeit without a ton of enthusiasm.

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