Rams report card: Grading every position from wild-card win vs. Seahawks

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The Los Angeles Rams are gearing up to face the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round on Saturday, a game that will decide who advances to the NFC championship game. But before looking ahead to that game, it’s still worthwhile to evaluate how the Rams played against the Seahawks in the wild-card round.

They were outstanding on defense, limiting the Seahawks to their third-fewest yards in a playoff game with Russell Wilson at quarterback. The offense had its share of struggles, mostly because of injuries at quarterback, but Cam Akers carried the load.

Here is our wild-card report card from the Rams’ 30-20 win over the Seahawks.

Quarterback: C+

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As valiant an effort as it was by Jared Goff, he didn’t exactly have a great game. He completed 9 of 19 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown, 88 yards of which came on two plays to Cooper Kupp and Cam Akers. He was playing through a thumb injury that clearly hindered his performance, even if he won’t use it as an excuse. John Wolford’s grade would be considered incomplete because he only attempted six passes and completed three of them. Goff showed guts and toughness, but it was hardly his best performance and that’s largely due to his balky thumb.

Running back: A

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Cam Akers was a star against Seattle, gaining 176 yards from scrimmage – 131 on the ground and 45 as a receiver. He also scored the Rams’ first touchdown and ran the ball well all afternoon long. He showed good vision, power, quickness and speed through the hole, putting on display everything the Rams liked about him out of Florida State. Malcolm Brown also had 39 yards on 10 touches, which is a decent showing, as well. The two running backs had a good day in Seattle.

Wide receiver: B+

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The receivers weren’t heavily involved, with the Rams only attempting 25 total passes and completing 12 of them. Cooper Kupp led the way with four catches for 78 yards, including a spectacular acrobatic grab over Jamal Adams on a deep pass that could’ve easily been intercepted. Robert Woods scored the touchdown that put the nail in Seattle’s coffin, which was part of his four-catch, 48-yard day. He did have a pass that was slightly behind him go off his right hand that would’ve picked up big yards, but Wolford could’ve put it in a better spot. That play might’ve gone for six. Kupp and Woods were the only receivers targeted in the game.

Tight end: B-

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Combined, Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee were targeted just four times. Higbee caught the only pass, a 4-yard gain. They played a lot, they just weren’t involved much in the passing game. But they still did a solid job as run blockers, sealing off defenders on the edge and springing Akers free.

Offensive line: A-

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Andrew Whitworth’s return made a huge difference at left tackle, particularly when the Rams ran the ball. He was a road-grader on the left side, crashing the defensive line down and creating huge lanes for Akers. Bobby Evans also did a nice job in place of David Edwards at left guard, working perfectly alongside Whitworth. Austin Corbett’s performance can't be ignored, either, as it was one of his best with the Rams. The only real weak spot was at right tackle with Rob Havenstein, who allowed pressure more often than you’d like to see.

Defensive line: A+

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It doesn’t get much better than this from a defensive line. Aaron Donald had two sacks, Morgan Fox had one of his own and the other contributors on the interior were as good as could be. Sebastian Joseph-Day and Greg Gaines both drew holding penalties and were stout against the run. Michael Brockers was, too, as was A’Shawn Robinson, who clogged up the middle consistently after Donald left with a rib injury. The defensive line was outstanding for the second straight week.

Inside linebacker: B

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The inside linebackers didn’t have their names called often, which isn't a bad thing. Troy Reeder made seven tackles, tied with Jordan Fuller for the team-high. Kenny Young made just one tackle, but he didn’t make any glaring mistakes. The Seahawks only completed two passes to non-wide receivers, with Chris Carson only catching one pass for 5 yards. The inside linebackers did their job on Saturday.

Outside linebacker: A

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Leonard Floyd continued to obliterate the Seahawks, adding another two sacks to his total against Seattle this season to bring his total up to seven on the year. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo didn’t have a sack but he hit Wilson once and provided a boost when rushing the passer. Justin Hollins landed a hit on Wilson, too, to go along with a pair of tackles. The edge rushers played well against Seattle and helped keep Wilson uncomfortable when dropping back to throw.

Cornerback: A+

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Darious Williams stole the show with a 42-yard pick-six on a screen pass intended for DK Metcalf, which gave the Rams a huge edge. But he wasn’t the only standout cornerback. Jalen Ramsey was all over Metcalf throughout the game, allowing just three catches for 33 yards to the Pro Bowl receiver. And Troy Hill made a great tackle on third down against Wilson to get Seattle off the field.

Safety: A

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As previously mentioned, Fuller made seven tackles to tie with Reeder for the team lead. John Johnson was everywhere, too, even though he only made three tackles. His hit on Metcalf in the first half set the tone and caused an incompletion, as well. Nick Scott didn’t make a tackle but he made a spectacular leaping pass deflection late to prevent a big play down the field.

Special teams: B

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For whatever reason, Johnny Hekker has struggled as of late. He punted seven times Saturday but only averaged 45.3 yards and didn’t down a single one inside the 20. Elsewhere on special teams, the Rams allowed a 58-yard kick return to open the second half, which led to three points by Seattle. Nsimba Webster failed to field two punts that he could’ve hauled in, though he did have a 36-yard return on a kickoff. Finally, there’s Matt Gay, who was once again perfect with three made field goals and three made PATs.