Matthew Stafford’s three-word reaction to the creation of the Super Bowl after the Lions trade
He finally did. In his first year with the Los Angeles Rams, Matthew Stafford did what he couldn’t do in Detroit for over a decade: make it to the Super Bowl. The former No. 1 overall pick has had plenty of success in Los Angeles this season, proving many skeptics he was wrong in the process.
After their huge win over the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams QB had only three words to describe his emotions: (by Brady Henderson)
“Long time ahead.”
Matthew Stafford went 0-3 in the playoffs in his first 12 seasons. Now he has the Rams in the Super Bowl, having led winning runs last week and in the NFC title game, which marks the one-year anniversary of his trade with Los Angeles. “A long time ago,” he said of reaching the SB. pic.twitter.com/dWbkjgFMtU
—Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) January 31, 2022
Matthew Stafford’s playoff career with the Lions was fraught with setbacks and disappointments. One of the biggest knocks on him was his inability to get his teams over the hump. He would have decent success in the regular season, but would regularly fall flat in the playoffs. In his first season with the Rams, however, he has already destroyed that narrative.
Paired with star receivers in MVP candidates Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr, as well as a strong defensive line, the Rams have done it all this season with Stafford. It paid off, as they are now one win away from hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in their own stadium. The team standing between them and a win is Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals (who are also in the midst of a successful season).
Stafford now has a chance to cement his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks of his generation. If he maintains his nearly error-free performance two weeks from now, the Rams could very well win the Lombardi this season.