Rams’ Matthew Stafford, Puka Nacua Impress NFL Fans Despite Playoff Loss to Lions
Andrew PetersJanuary 15, 2024

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 14: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams looks to throw the ball during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs at Ford Field on January 14, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Rams season came to an end Sunday night at the hands of the Detroit Lions 24-23 in a wild-card matchup.

The Rams had a magical ending to their season, winning seven of their final eight games to will their way into the playoffs, but they ultimately didn’t have enough to get past the Lions.

Despite the loss, the Rams gave fans plenty to look forward to next season — mostly the connection between quarterback Matthew Stafford and rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua.

In his return to Detroit, Stafford had 367 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Most of his completions went to Nacua, who recorded the most passing yards by a rookie in his first playoff game with 181 yards. He also had a touchdown.

The big performance from the Rams’ duo drew plenty of praise from NFL fans despite the loss.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Matthew Stafford no-look sidearm 😮‍💨

(via @NFL)



trey wingo @wingoz

Stafford’s arm arrogance is a thing of beauty pic.twitter.com/gN9gtltQek

Darius Butler @DariusJButler

Stafford to Puka 🚀🚀🚀


JJ Watt @JJWatt

CJ Stroud is going to win Offensive Rookie of the Year and it is 100% deserved and the correct choice.

It is also extremely unfortunate that Puka Nacua is not going to get award recognition he deserves for a truly incredible rookie season.

Phenomenal ball from young bucks.

Darius Slay @bigplay24slay

Puka tough… big time steal for the rams!!!

LC @laurencowling

Puka is so freaking fun to watch

Steve Wyche @wyche89

Been watching Puka all season so what he is doing is no surprise but damn, he is fun to watch. He is so tough.

John Keim @john_keim

Puka is a classic case of going by the film. Dude has great feet; terrific routes. Only a 4.57 40. Has it mattered? But also tough as hell and competitive. Those traits have shown up big time.

Landry Locker @LandryLocker

Puka ain’t Rookie Of Year, but that dude is cold.

Tony Holzman-Escareno @FrontOfficeNFL

Puka Nacua has the most receiving yards by a rookie in his first playoff game in NFL history. #RamsHouse @NFLResearch https://t.co/HeLTGd9veO

The Rams didn’t get the result they wanted on Sunday, but it’s clear they have found a special duo in the veteran Stafford and the rising star Nacua. Now, Los Angeles will head into the offseason to begin preparations for what should be an exciting 2024 season.

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