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Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly apologizes for throwing pretzel at 49ers fan

Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly has always been enthusiastic about defending her husband, but it would appear she took things a bit too far during Monday night’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.

A witness who attended the game at Levi’s Stadium told TMZ that Mrs. Stafford got into a verbal altercation with a fan who was seated behind her. Kelly got so angry that she turned around and threw a pretzel at the man. Security stepped in and escorted Kelly and her family to other seats.

Another fan who witnessed the incident called Stafford out on Instagram. The fan said Kelly should “show some class and support your husband and his new team with grace.” Stafford responded to the comment and called it a “weak moment” for her.

“Girl I knowwwww I’m an idiot,” she wrote. “He was saying a bunch of things that were aggressive towards our crew but zero excuse. I tried to apologize, but in the end I knew I was wrong. Will always stand up for my guy and everyone I love, but obviously needed to do it completely different! I’m embarrassed too! Sorry you had to witness me in my weak moment!”

Apparently this was not another case of mistaken identity. We saw one TV network accidentally misidentify Kelly earlier this year, but she has confirmed she was the pretzel thrower.

Kelly has been outspoken on social media many times about Matthew’s playing career. As far as we know, this is the first time she hurled a concession item at a heckler.

Aaron Rodgers defends former rival QB against critics

Aaron Rodgers gets ready to throw

Following a 31-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has taken some heat. He’s tossed four interceptions over the past two games, and the sharks are circling. But Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t want to hear it.

Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers heaped praise upon his former rival. He even called Stafford “one of the most gifted” throwers of the generation.

“Those are trash comments. I’m a huge Stafford fan and have been for a long time,” Rodgers said. “We played against him for so many years. He’s one of the most gifted throwers in football, definitely of my generation. I put him up there with some of the most gifted guys to ever throw the football. You know, I’m a fan. He’s a tough dude and has played through some crazy injuries.

“I’m a big fan and he’s having a really nice season. . . He’s played really well, first year in the system. I’m not here for any Matthew Stafford trash (or slander).”

The Rams have dropped their previous two games but are still 7-3 on the season. They are among the Super Bowl favorites and Stafford remains an MVP candidate.

In 10 games this season, Stafford has completed 67.7% of his passes for 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Prior to his recent rough stretch, Stafford had a 22:4 TD:INT ratio, among the best in football.

Stafford and the Rams will enjoy a much-needed bye this week before returning in Week 12 to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Troy Aikman: Matthew Stafford already feeling ‘pressure’ from Odell Beckham

Troy Aikman in a suit

Odell Beckham Jr. was part of a blowout loss in his first game with the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. The team is hoping better days lay ahead, but Troy Aikman sounds quite skeptical.

During an appearance on 96.7 The Ticket in Dallas on Tuesday, Aikman said he wonders if the big trades the Rams recently made “shook the chemistry and foundation” of their team. He got that impression while watching them in their 31-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

“You bring in just one (new) player into the locker room, it can change the dynamic of a locker room,” Aikman said, as transcribed by Mark Lane of The Texans Wire.

Aikman added that bringing in players like Beckham and Von Miller leads to other starters losing their jobs. He said that can create “cliques,” which is “what I sensed last night.”

You could argue that Aikman is jumping to conclusions too quickly, but he didn’t stop there. He also pointed out how Matthew Stafford threw an interception on the opening drive on a pass intended for Beckham. He speculated that Stafford could already have been feeling some of the pressure that Baker Mayfield felt with the Cleveland Browns.

“I think Matthew now feels some of the pressure that maybe Baker Mayfield felt of, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get this guy involved, or he’s in the game right now because he’s going to take his deep route and I’ve got to find a way to get this ball in his hands because that’s why he’s playing on this play,'” Aikman said. “It’s not good and it’s not good playing quarterback when you feel pressure to get the ball to one particular player. It just doesn’t work.”

That’s a lot to take away from Beckham’s first game with the Rams. In addition to trying to incorporate Beckham into the playbook, Stafford and the Rams were also playing without Robert Woods, who tore his ACL in practice last week. They will need some time to adjust to that, too.

One Browns player seemingly issued a warning for the Rams after they signed Beckham. It sounds like Aikman agrees.

Photo: Nov 21, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys former quarterback Troy Aikman attends the NFL game between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford has index finger wrapped against Seahawks

Matthew Stafford finger

Matthew Stafford is dealing with an injury to his right index finger.

Stafford suffered an injury to his right index finger during the first half of his Los Angeles Rams’ game at the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. He did not miss any playing time, but the finger was a topic of conversation when the third quarter began.

FOX’s broadcast team noted that Stafford had his finger wrapped.

Erin Andrews also reported that Rams coach Sean McVay told her Stafford’s finger issue was “OK.”

You may recall that Stafford also dealt with a finger injury after hitting it against a helmet in training camp.

The finger injury didn’t seem to bother Stafford, who led the Rams to touchdowns on their first two drives of the second half.

A Rams quarterback taking on the Seahawks in Seattle with a finger injury should sound familiar to fans.

Matthew Stafford shares hardest part of transition from Lions to Rams

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford is playing in his first season with an NFL team other than the Detroit Lions. So far, his time with the Los Angeles Rams has gone great.

Stafford has gone 66/94 (70.2 percent) for 942 yards and nine touchdowns with just one interception. His Rams are 3-0.

Stafford has made changing teams as a quarterback look easy. But he says it hasn’t been as easy as it looks.

Stafford joined Eli and Peyton Manning for their “Monday Night Football” telecast during the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game. He was asked about the adjustment he’s made going from one system to another. He also shared that the hardest part is not learning the new system, but forgetting the old one.

“It is a big adjustment. People think it’s just learning the new system. I think the biggest and toughest thing for me is forgetting the old one,” Stafford said. “There were so many words that used to mean something in the old system that mean something different in the new one. And that’s the biggest part of it that I think is difficult when you’re stepping into a new system and new terminology.”

Stafford was also asked whether Rams coach Sean McVay borrowed anything from what the quarterback did in Detroit. Stafford said they only use a little bit of the snap count stuff and plays. He’s mostly learning McVay’s offense.

That’s probably a smart thing as McVay runs a great offense. It sure has worked so far, and it has McVay pumped up.

Whoops! Kelly Stafford misidentified by NBC during Rams game

NBC Matthew Stafford wife Kelly mistake

NBC committed a blunder during “Sunday Night Football” regarding Matthew Stafford’s wife.

Early in the second quarter of the game, NBC showed a woman in a Rams shirt on screen. They misidentified the woman as Stafford’s wife Kelly.

Many football fans are familiar with Kelly and knew immediately that NBC had made a mistake.

Thankfully, a few minutes later, the network corrected its error upon returning from a commercial.

“We got at warp-speed here,” announcer Al Michaels said. “When Matthew looks at the tape of this game, he’ll go, ‘that’s not my wife!’ We had somebody else on before.”

They also showed the real Kelly Stafford, who was wearing a yellow No. 9 tank to support her husband.

And here is the entire Stafford family:

Kelly is so well known by fans because she has made headlines several times in the past.

Video: Aaron Donald has great reaction to Matthew Stafford’s first Rams touchdown

Aaron Donald reaction

Matthew Stafford’s first touchdown with the Los Angeles Rams left his teammates impressed, especially Aaron Donald.

The Chicago Bears got the ball first during Sunday night’s game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. and drove into the red zone. But Andy Dalton threw an interception in the end zone, giving the ball to the Rams.

It didn’t take long for the Rams to strike.

The Rams rushed for six yards, passed for seven, then on their third offensive play, Stafford hit Van Jefferson for a 67-yard touchdown to put his team on the board.

The speed with which the Rams scored, plus the deep ball from Stafford, left Donald impressed:

The Rams had success under Jared Goff and made it to a Super Bowl. But Stafford has the ability to take them even farther. Donald seemed to realize that after just three plays.

Report: Matthew Stafford nixed trade to this team in favor of Rams

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford does not technically have a no-trade clause in his contract, but the Detroit Lions worked with the veteran quarterback to make sure he was happy with where he ended up. If they hadn’t, Stafford would probably be playing for a different team this season.

The Carolina Panthers were on the verge of landing Stafford in late-January, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. They offered Teddy Bridgewater and the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, and there was a belief that they were going to finalize a trade with Detroit. Stafford wasn’t having it, however.

Stafford consulted with his family and made a decision that he wanted to play for the Los Angeles Rams. It was around that same time that Stafford spent time with Sean McVay in Mexico, where the two eventually celebrated the trade together. McVay then reportedly got involved and influenced the Rams to up their offer.

L.A. wound up sending two future first-round picks and Jared Goff to Detroit for Stafford. It’s unclear if the Panthers would have upped their offer, but Rapoport notes that several other teams also offered multiple high draft picks. At the end of the day, Stafford only wanted to play for the Rams.

We know of at least one head coach who was crushed that he missed out on Stafford. The general consensus is that Stafford and McVay will be a perfect fit together. Time will tell.

Peter King makes extremely bold prediction about Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

There are many people who are excited about the potential of Matthew Stafford leading Sean McVay’s offense with the Los Angeles Rams. We doubt anyone has higher expectations for the team than longtime NFL reporter Peter King, however.

King shared some predictions for the 2021 season in his latest column for NBC Sports. He admits to being “bullish on the Rams,” as he is picking them to win the NFC and host a Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium. One of the main reasons for that is that he believes Stafford and McVay will be the perfect match.

“Simply put, Matthew Stafford gives McVay, one of the smartest offensive brains in the game, the first chance in his five seasons as coach to have confidence in calling everything on his play sheet. Everything,” King wrote. “Stafford has the arm to make every throw, and the brain to know when to make one throw versus another. One coach who has faced Stafford multiple times told me on my camp tour he thinks the marriage between Stafford and McVay will work well. ‘Stafford with Sean is going to be fantastic,’ this coach said. ‘Sean’s been waiting for a guy who can execute everything he wants to call.'”

Picking the Rams to reach the Super Bowl is one thing, but King is also not ruling out Stafford shattering NFL passing records in his first season in L.A. He also picked Stafford to win NFL MVP and said he would not rule out the 33-year-old becoming the first quarterback to throw for 6,000 yards in a season. Remember, the regular season is 17 games this year.

There is an obvious feeling around the NFL that Stafford should thrive now that he has gotten away from the Detroit Lions. One other NFC coach was reportedly crushed that his team couldn’t acquire Stafford. King certainly is not the only one who believes the Rams will have a good season, but he may just be their biggest fan.

Kyle Shanahan was so frustrated 49ers missed on Matthew Stafford trade

Kyle Shanahan

The San Francisco 49ers believe they have their quarterback of the future in Trey Lance. But before they drafted Lance, they were trying to swing a trade for someone else.

Kyle Shanahan was a guest on “Flying Coach with Sean McVay and Peter Schrager.” During the interview (about 36 minutes in), McVay asked the 49ers head coach for his thoughts on the Rams’ big quarterback addition of Matthew Stafford. That led Shanahan to share how hyped up he was about acquiring Stafford, only for the Rams to swoop in and steal him.

Shanahan said he was actually in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at the same time that McVay and Stafford were.

“You don’t want to get me started, dude,” Shanahan responded. “That was frustrating. I was in Cabo. I was studying it all. … I remember looking through it because everybody was telling me it was a possibility.

“Stafford’s the man. I studied him hard coming out of college. And you always play against him, so you know how good he is. But to know he might be available and to spend two weeks really watching him, Sean, yeah, he’s better than I realized. He was the man. He’s actually underrated to me. I know how good of a guy you got. I know how good he is at play-action. I know how smart he is. Not only does he just have a big arm, but he’s got touch, and he knows where to go with the ball. So I was trying to get involved in it.

“I remember Saturday I was so stressed out and finally we talked to someone. It was like seven at night, and they’re like, ‘No, nothing’s happening (with a trade) at the earliest until tomorrow, so you can finish your night.’ So I’m like, alright, I’m done. I put my phone down, talk to Mandy. I’m like, alright, ‘Let’s go out to dinner, let’s have some drinks.’ Half an hour later, my buddy calls me and is like, ‘I’m just telling ya, if you want Stafford, you need to get a hold of him right now.’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean? We just talked to people. I can sleep on this. We’ll talk to them tomorrow.’ ‘I’m just telling you, you need to talk to him right now.’ And then 10 minutes later it was all over.”

“If it makes you feel any better, it came together faster than I thought, too, Kyle,” McVay replied.

“The fact I was in Cabo, man, I would have been there, and I would have made it really awkward on you two to enjoy it,” Shanahan bantered back. “You would have had to tell me to leave.”

Both coaches agreed that upon evaluating Stafford more closely, the quarterback impressed them even more.

Stafford was the No. 1 pick in 2009 and took the Lions to the playoffs three times. On the Rams, he will have more offensive weapons, a more complete team, and he will be playing for a coaching wizard in McVay. And now we have further confirmation that the 49ers were looking to upgrade the position from Jimmy Garoppolo.