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Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly takes vicious shot at Ndamukong Suh

Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly

Ndamukong Suh and Matthew Stafford were teammates for five seasons, but you never would have known it with the way they interacted during Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Stafford’s wife Kelly says she was shocked and angered by the way Suh came at her husband, though she clearly enjoyed watching the star quarterback get the last laugh.

Suh was penalized for taunting early in his team’s loss to the Rams. The flag was thrown after he pointed in Stafford’s face multiple times and appeared to threaten him. Suh was set off after he felt Stafford kicked him, though replays did not show much of a kick.

In her weekly podcast “The Morning After with Kelly Stafford,” Mrs. Stafford unloaded on Suh. She praised Matthew for throwing a “dime” right in Suh’s face on the pass to Cooper Kupp that set up the game-winning field goal. You can see the clip below, but beware that it contains a curse word:

Kelly also said Suh “doesn’t like Matthew,” though she has no idea why. She said the Rams quarterback doesn’t know either and was genuinely puzzled over why Suh got in his face.

“But it infuriated me. To stand up and tell someone that you’re gonna (expletive) them up after you spent years together in an organization and did appearances together and there were never really issues. … Matthew was like, ‘I don’t know, I guess he doesn’t like me.’ … He kind of giggled about it when I asked about it, he was like, ‘I really have no (expletive) idea what this guy is doing. I don’t know why he’s so angry at me,'” Kelly said, via Marlowe Alter of the Detroit Free Press.

Suh has a long history with cheap shots, but Kelly said she doesn’t hold any of that against him. She said Suh now has a real reason to dislike Matthew after the QB threw a perfect pass to Kupp (video here) while Suh was coming at him.

“I feel like he’s the only player in this league who really dislikes Matthew and we don’t know why,” Kelly said. “We legit don’t know why. … Now he can actually dislike him for a fricking reason. I thoroughly enjoyed it and that’s all I’m gonna say.”

Matthew and his teammates have much bigger things to worry about now. They’re preparing to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. If Stafford lost a friend while beating the Bucs, he probably isn’t too concerned.

Photo: Nov 17, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with wife Kelly Stafford during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford had great quote about comeback win

Matthew Stafford in a practice shirt

The Los Angeles Rams are headed to the NFC Championship Game following a remarkable 30-27 upset of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The win was aided by the impressive play of quarterback Matthew Stafford, whose 44-yard pass to wide receiver Cooper Kupp in the final seconds set up the game-winning field goal.

After the game, Stafford was asked about the game-winning drive. And while people out in Kansas City were talking about being the Grim Reaper, Stafford was talking about stealing souls.

“Steal somebody’s soul,” Stafford said. “You get to reach in there and take it from them. That’s a whole lot of fun.”

Although “stealing souls” is really more of a euphemism, you can bet Tom Brady and his Bucs teammates felt like they had been soul-snatched after the game. Especially considering the comeback they had mounted, rallying from down 27-3, only to have the wheels fall off.

Brady now heads into an offseason with his future uncertain, while Stafford and the Rams prepare for their third meeting with the San Francisco 49ers this season.

Can Stafford and L.A. steal some more souls in the NFC Championship Game?

Image: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford has great quote about Bucs’ defensive mistake

Matthew Stafford in a practice shirt

The Los Angeles Rams used a huge play late to stun the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and quarterback Matthew Stafford was well aware of how it happened.

Stafford found wide receiver Cooper Kupp for a 44-yard gain that set the Rams up in field goal range just before time expired in the fourth quarter. The play came against what was supposed to be an all-out blitz, which left Kupp alone with safety Antoine Winfield Jr. In a one-on-one matchup, Kupp was always going to win. You can see the play in question here.

In his postgame interview with NBC’s Michele Tafoya, Stafford briefly alluded to the call, and suggested that the Buccaneers had made a very bad decision.

“They tried to bring anybody on the last one. Not a good recipe,” Stafford said.

Stafford is right about the call, though Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians suggested that the players messed it up. Regardless, Stafford did feel pressure but found a way around it. Isolating a safety against Kupp was always an enormous risk, and not necessarily one worth taking at that point. The fact that Stafford seemed pretty pleased by that call just bears that out.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford brushes aside doubters with clutch play in playoff win

Matthew Stafford in a practice shirt

The Los Angeles Rams did nearly everything in their power to give away Sunday’s playoff game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they came through in the end. They can credit Matthew Stafford and his clutch play at the end of the game for helping them advance.

The Rams led 27-3 midway through the third quarter. Then they fumbled three times, went 3-and-out twice, and missed a field goal by kicking it short. They allowed the Bucs to tie the game 27-27 with 42 seconds left.

But Stafford and Cooper Kupp made sure that the collapse didn’t even matter.

Rather than play for overtime, Stafford continued to pass in the final 40 seconds. He threw to Kupp twice, including a 44-yard bomb deep to the middle of the field to set up the winning field goal.

The story of the game could have been the Rams collapsing in pathetic fashion. Instead, the story turned into Stafford coming through with a 30-27 win.

Entering the postseason, some in the media made a big deal about Stafford’s career 0-3 record in the postseason with Detroit. He not only erased that narrative with a win over the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card game, but he obliterated it with his clutch throws late against the Bucs.

Stafford finished 28/38 for 366 yards, two touchdown passes, and one touchdown run. His Rams will be hosting the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, and they have a special ticket policy in place.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Ndamukong Suh accuses Matthew Stafford of cheap shot

Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh got tangled up

Ndamukong Suh was called for a key unsportsmanlike conduct penalty early in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but the defensive tackle felt the flag was thrown on the wrong person.

Suh forced an incomplete pass by pressuring Matthew Stafford in the first quarter. Both players went to the ground, and Suh was furious with Stafford about something when the two stood up. He pointed in the quarterback’s face multiple times, which resulted in a flag for taunting.

As the official was announcing the penalty, Suh could be heard asking “did you see him kick me?” Suh seemed to think his former teammate was guilty of a cheap shot. You can see the play below:

Stafford’s left leg ended up in Suh’s groin area, but the play happened quickly. It’s hard to tell if the act was intentional even on replay, so you can understand why the officials didn’t see it.

The penalty was a big one. Instead of having 2nd-and-10, the Rams were awarded a first down deep in Tampa Bay territory. They scored a touchdown on the drive.

Suh, of course, has a long history with cheap shots himself. He’s probably tired of being the one who has the flags thrown against him.

Sean McVay defends Matthew Stafford over playoff record

Sean McVay on the sideline

Sean McVay put a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Matthew Stafford to make the Los Angeles Rams a Super Bowl contender. McVay did it despite Stafford having no track record of playoff success, and the coach’s level of faith has not changed.

McVay on Thursday defended his quarterback’s lack of playoff success, offering a firm response when asked if he thinks Stafford needs to prove he can win a playoff game.

“No,” McVay said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “He has an established resume. That’s something that you want to be able to do, but he was instrumental in leading us to our first division title that we’ve had since 2018. That’s a big deal, but now it’s the next step. His body of work speaks for itself, and I don’t think you can just confine it into, ‘Oh, he hasn’t won a playoff game.'”

NFL quarterbacks are often judged by how they perform in the biggest games. That is why Tom Brady is as highly-regarded as he is. Stafford turns 34 in February without those types of signature moments, and when that’s the case, questions will inevitably follow. A late-season spike in interceptions, including eight in his final four games, has only added to the pressure.

Stafford is clearly respected around the league, and his 0-3 playoff record says more about how few chances to succeed he got with the Lions than anything else. If he can put together a strong performance against the Cardinals on Monday, the questions will start to fade.

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Matthew Stafford takes funny shot at Aaron Rodgers

Matthew Stafford

The Los Angeles Rams aren’t facing the Green Bay Packers this week, but quarterback Matthew Stafford is still ratcheting up a friendly rivalry with his Packers counterpart.

Stafford is dealing with a toe injury ahead of Monday’s Wild Card game against Arizona, and the issue limited his mobility somewhat in the team’s Week 18 game. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Stafford gave a quick update on his toe, and took a shot at Aaron Rodgers in the process.

Rodgers, of course, famously showed his own toe injury to reporters earlier in the season. That clearly did not go unnoticed by Stafford.

To be clear, there appears to be plenty of mutual respect between Rodgers and Stafford, so this is probably all in fun. It is theoretically possible that the Rams and Packers could see each other in the Divisional round, and the jokes would really be topical if that happened.

Matthew Stafford’s wife has request for Rams fans ahead of playoffs

Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly

The Los Angeles Rams felt like the road team at times during their home game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 18, and Matthew Stafford’s wife is asking Rams fans to make sure that does not happen again in the playoffs.

Stafford’s wife Kelly, who has a podcast called “The Morning After,” spoke this week about how Niners fans took over SoFi Stadium last Sunday. She pleaded with Rams fans to prevent it from happening when their team hosts the Arizona Cardinals in the playoffs on Monday night. Kelly posted a clip from her podcast on Wednesday and wrote, “My plea. Please don’t sell you (sic) tickets to Arizona fans.”

“I have never seen so many of the opposing team’s fans at a game,” Kelly said. “We came from Detroit. There were a lot of good traveling teams there, but that was wild. … Matthew was on a silent count, Jimmy Garoppolo was not. It was crazy. It made it very hard for us, because I guess we weren’t expecting to be going silent count.”

The Rams lost 27-24 in overtime. Matthew spoke after the game about how difficult it was to communicate toward the end.

We highly doubt many Rams fans sold their tickets to 49ers fans. Niners fans probably just beat them to buying the tickets. The Rams are still fairly new to Los Angeles, so they don’t have a huge fan base.

It would be a surprise if Cardinals fans travel as well as San Francisco fans did, but it is obviously something the Rams are going to have to prepare for.

Kelly is a huge supporter of her husband and his team. She apologized earlier in the year for an incident she was involved in with a 49ers fan in San Francisco.

Photo: Nov 17, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with wife Kelly Stafford during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford had concerning remark about Rams’ home-field advantage

Matthew Stafford

The Los Angeles Rams will have at least one home game in the playoffs, but it is fair to wonder if that will do them any good. If the situation at SoFi Stadium next Monday night looks and sounds anything like it did on Sunday, the Rams may not benefit from much home-field advantage.

The Rams lost in overtime to the San Francisco 49ers in their regular-season finale. After the game, Matthew Stafford admitted to reporters that it was difficult for the Rams to communicate with one another late in the game. Why? Because of crowd noise at their home stadium.

“We had a chance there at the end of the game. I thought our guys did a good job communicating. It was a tough environment for us to communicate in, really, the whole second half,” Stafford said, via Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire. “Our guys did a nice job and we got that lead back. Just didn’t finish it the way we can on offense and could’ve — had we gotten a first down there, the game probably would’ve been over.”

Niners fans tend to travel well, and that was certainly the case on Sunday. The Rams are also still fairly new to Los Angeles, so they’ve had a lot of visiting fans at games this season. The question is whether that will continue in the playoffs.

The Rams will host the Arizona Cardinals next Monday night. Cardinals fans don’t usually travel as well as Niners fans, so crowd noise shouldn’t be a huge issue for Stafford and company … they hope.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky goes off over Matthew Stafford Pro Bowl snub

Dan Orlovsky makes an argument

Matthew Stafford was arguably the biggest Pro Bowl snub at the quarterback position this year, and one NFL analyst is outraged that the Los Angeles Rams star was not given the nod over Kyler Murray.

During Thursday’s edition of “First Take,” ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky said he is downright baffled that Murray was voted to the Pro Bowl over Stafford. He cited the fact that Stafford is ahead of Murray in most major statistical categories. Orlovsky also said he feels Stafford is more valuable to his team, as the Arizona Cardinals went 2-1 while Murray missed time with an injury.

“Matthew Stafford’s second in the NFL in touchdowns with 35 behind Tom Brady. Kyler’s like 17th in touchdowns. Matthew’s thrown for 300 yards per game, Kyler’s thrown for 275. The numbers (for Stafford) are just so much better,” Orlovsky said. “I can’t understand for the life of me how Stafford’s not in the Pro Bowl. We’re talking about a guy that, right now, is top five in basically everything at that position.

Orlovsky certainly is not alone. Plenty of people feel Stafford should have made it. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers were easy choices, but an argument can easily be made for Stafford over Murray.

Snubs are a given with the Pro Bowl. We already saw one player’s wife rip the voting system, and it would not be a surprise if Stafford feels he was overlooked as well. His teammates almost certainly feel that way.