Packers vs Rams Divisional Playoff Will Create History for These Two Young Head Coaches

Published 01/16/2021, 1:02 PM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay (blue face mask) watches pregame warmups before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


Despite the initial absence of starting quarterback Jared Goff, Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams made their way to the NFL Divisional Round Playoffs with a win against the Seattle Seahawks.

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They were solid in defense as they pulled off an upset by beating the NFC West champions by a 20-30 scoreline. They will now go up against NFC’s #1 seed, Green Bay Packers, on Saturday.

Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Matt LaFleur has done a brilliant job in Wisconsin over the last 2 years. He has turned the Packers into a formidable offensive unit. The likes of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have been impressive this year.

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The former has 4,200+ passing yards and a mammoth 48 passing touchdowns in 2020. Meanwhile, Davante finished the regular season with 1,300+ receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.

Both these young coaches will feature in this year’s NFL Divisional Playoff Round today. In doing so, they’ll be creating a slice of history of their own making.

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At 34 and 41 respectively, McVay and LaFleur are two of the youngest coaches to participate in an NFL post-season fixture. Both coaches have garnered quite a reputation in their short span as NFL Head Coaches. McVay was appointed as Rams boss in 2017.

He boasts a 43-21 record in the regular season. The win against the Seahawks was McVay’s third in post-season, having suffered two losses in the past.

Meanwhile, LaFleur has taken to the Packers like a fish to water. In two years, the young coach has lost just 6 games in the regular season. He’s won 26.

Both these young stalwarts will now become the youngest Head Coaches in NFL post-season history when they meet on Saturday night.

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The previous record was held by NFL coaching legends, Don Shula and John Madden. Shula, dubbed the ‘winningest coach’ in NFL history, met a young Madden in 1970 as coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Madden was starting his career as Head Coach with the Oakland Raiders (Now Las Vegas Raiders) back in 1969. He led the Raiders to the Super Bowl XI title and ended his career with a 103-32-7 record. Not bad at all, sir.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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