Matthew Stafford did exactly what was asked of him in the 2021 season. When the Los Angeles Rams traded Jared Goff and two first-round picks to the Lions for Stafford, they expected a Super Bowl ring. Now they just need one more win to accomplish that goal.
Reaching the knockout stages, there was a lot of doubt surrounding Matthew Stafford due to his dismal performance at the end of the season. 8 interceptions in 4 games is usually a scary stat for a playoff team. Still, Stafford was unaffected by all the negative noise as he played three great games that brought the Rams back to the Super Bowl for the second time since 2018.
In particular, the NFC championship was Stafford’s most difficult test. Take on the 49ers, who beat him twice in the regular season and tied 4 interceptions in 2 games. While Stafford was blocked once, he still provided an absolute clinic in game 3, something Brian Baldinger believes is up to his decision making.
Brian Baldinger credits Matthew Stafford for knocking out the 49ers defence
In a Twitter version of his traditional breakdown, Brian Baldinger is quoted saying “ Championship Sunday is a minefield and DeMeco Ryans set trap after trap and Matthew Stafford never fell in. He saw these traps all day long before they happened.”
Baldinger added “It was a minefield that day and Matthew Stafford never found it. One by one. They trap all day. If I were Cincinnati, I would scrutinize this issue.”
While on paper the Bengals’ defense did not provide much of a threat to Stafford and his attacking behaviour, it cannot be forgotten that this is also the team that has suffered heavy defeats to Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs twice and the defense kept him 3 points. in the second half of both games.
They may not have big names like the Rams but there are solid stars on the pitch for a Cincinnati defence that has an extremely high soccer IQ. These guys will come up with a game plan and can tweak anything to limit violations.
If Cincy’s defense starts to figure out Rams offense, Matthew Stafford will have to make some crucial decisions and very difficult throws. He just proves that he’s cool and charismatic in those situations but under the brightest lights of the sport’s biggest stage, anyone can fall apart.
https://firstsportz.com/nfl-it-was-a-minefield-and-they-beat-it-all-day-brian-baldinger-validates-matthew-staffords-elite-decision-making-ahead-of-super-bowl-lvi/ “It’s a minefield and they’ve been hitting it all day” Brian Baldinger confirms Matthew Stafford’s elite decision making ahead of Super Bowl LVI