Around this time last season, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff was a healthy scratch in his first game back to his native Bay Area. Fast forward one year later and this time, Goff is playing perhaps the best game of his young career.
Goff set countless records during his time at Cal-Berkely, but none was perhaps more satisfying than this win over his childhood favorite San Fransisco 49ers. The second-year quarterback says this game was reminiscent of the ones he played in college, according to Mike Silver of NFL:
“That was scary,” Goff said. “But man was it fun. There’s something about being back in the Bay Area that gets me going. Honestly, it felt like we were in Berkeley — scoring all the time and needing to score some more. They kept coming at us. I thought I was gonna have to go out and score one more time to win it.”
Goff had become used to playing from behind during his college career and that experience may have helped him on Thursday Night Football. In a surprising turn of events, it was the Rams offense that won this game as opposed to the defense.
Goff was extremely calculated and hyper-efficient in their 41-39 nailbiting win over San Fransisco. The Cal product finished 22-of-28 on the night with 292 yards and three touchdowns.
Perhaps the most encouraging sign is that he has now seemingly built a healthy rapport with No. 1 wide receiver, Sammy Watkins. The two got off to a slow start this season with Goff spreading the ball around. However, both Goff and Watkins are starting to look more comfortable in the new system.