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Matthew Stafford, LA Rams to Play in Super Bowl LVI

January 30, 2022
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Former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Stafford is headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career. 

The win is monumental for Stafford and the Rams. Los Angeles bet big on Stafford this offseason - trading two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and Jared Goff to the Lions. And executed that trade with this result in mind. 


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Stafford was taken No. 1 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. For years he toiled in Detroit with the Lions without a real path to playoff success. Now he is a win a way from an NFL Championship in a Super Bowl - something that has never been accomplished by a former Georgia Bulldog starting quarterback.

“This is a whole lot better than I thought it would be,” Stafford told FOX after the game.

The last time a Bulldog signal caller started in the big game was when Athens native Fran Tarkenton took the Vikings to Super Bowl XI in 1977. Stafford signed with Georgia out of Highland Park (TX) in 2006 primarily because of his relationship with quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo, and head coach Mark Richt. 

The Rams had to survive the San Fransisco 49ers 20-17 in a four-quarter fight at SoFi Stadium in suburban Los Angeles. Stafford ended his day going 31 for 45 with 337 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. 

“I am blessed to be a part of this team,” Stafford told FOX after the game. “We said in the locker room there is no way we are not going to win this game. You can't write it any better. We have one more at the home stadium. Let's get it done.”

Stafford and fellow former Bulldogs Sony Michel and Leonard Floyd will now take on Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Fanduel lists the Rams as 3.5-point favorites to beat the Bengals.

 

 
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