Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) celebrate after the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

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Rams QB Jared Goff to start, John Wolford ruled out

Quarterback Jared Goff is back in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Rams when they visit the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round Saturday afternoon.

Goff required surgery on a thumb injury in late December, giving undrafted rookie John Wolford the start for the Rams in Week 17 and last week at Seattle in the wild-card round. However, Wolford left that game with a neck injury and was transported to the hospital for tests, but returned to the stadium before the game was over.

Wolford was ruled out of Saturday’s game at Lambeau Field due to lingering effects of a neck stinger he suffered against the Seahawks.

Goff gets the ball in below-freezing temperatures with a questionable grip. Goff has started two games in sub-32-degree temps and is 0-2 with five turnovers.

Goff’s injury occurred in Week 16 and Wolford helped the Rams win the next week in his first NFL start over the Arizona Cardinals. That victory put the Rams in the postseason.

Green Bay is the NFC’s No. 1 seed and had a bye last week.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, formerly offensive coordinator of the Rams under McVay, said earlier this week he had a good idea which quarterback the team would see this week.

–Field Level Media

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