Sean McVay: Our guys knew the previous six games had nothing to do with Sunday

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In the week leading up to the NFC Championship game between the Rams and 49ers, head coach Sean McVay was asked if 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was in his head.

Before Los Angeles’ 20-17 victory on Sunday, the Rams had lost their previous six games to the 49ers. Plus, McVay and Shanahan were a part of the same coaching staff in Washington for a few years and clearly know one another very well.

McVay said no, that notion wasn’t true. And when it got brought up again after Sunday’s victory, McVay jokingly said the question didn’t even need to be asked.

But McVay also noted that his team didn’t approach Sunday’s contest thinking about the results of every Rams-49ers contest since 2019.

“We looked at just being in this moment, taking care of this game today,” McVay said. “It was the NFC Championship — huge game. Our guys did a great job. Really, each game is its own separate entity. And I’m really just happy those guys got it done today.”

McVay later added that he didn’t feel like it the victory held any extra significance since it came over Shanahan and the 49ers.

“I think we knew what a great team this was,” McVay said. “But you guys think it might just be coach speak, but our guys genuinely knew, hey, we’re familiar with this opponent, but the previous six games where we didn’t find a way to finish have nothing to do with what’s going to occur at 3:30, or 3:40 when we kicked this thing off. Those are separate entities. And our guys did a great job of being able to compartmentalize.

“We always talk about being totally and completely present — having a short memory from the good and the bad, being able to hit that reset button. I thought our guys did that in a big way. And [we’re] looking forward to enjoying this and being able to get back to work. Just grateful to be working still, and love this team.”

With Sunday’s victory, McVay now has a 6-3 postseason record and has won a conference title in two of the last four seasons.

17 responses to “Sean McVay: Our guys knew the previous six games had nothing to do with Sunday

  1. Good thing the Rams won. Donald, Floyd and Miller were mostly quiet, with Ramsey dropping an easy interception. Donald finally got to Jimmy at the end.

  2. Congrats to the Rams. We know the faithful in Detroit are none too pleased about the seeding of this year’s first round pick the Lions got as part of the Stafford trade.

  3. If you want honest. Stafford choked like he always does. He lead the league in INTs during the regular season and should’ve had the lead in INTs yesterday. He went through a couple of periods where it looked like he was throwing to the other team including what should’ve been the game clinching INT on a beautiful rainbow throw to nobody but the db was so shocked that a pass hit him in the chest that he dropped it. If the 49ers Defense catches a few of those balls the game isn’t even close.

    If Jimmy G wasn’t equally as bad the Rams lose this game.

  4. What a fraud.There’s not one superstar on that team that he developed. He terribly mismanaged that game and copied Kyle Shanahan’s formula. He has a store bought team of stars that hes drawing plays for. No real big time coaching is going on over there. You all will see how much of a fraud he is when the team is full of his players that HE developed. Only thing he did was install Shanahan’s system to a stacked roster.

  5. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    January 31, 2022 at 12:11 am
    Good thing the Rams won. Donald, Floyd and Miller were mostly quiet, with Ramsey dropping an easy interception. Donald finally got to Jimmy at the end.
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    I noticed the rams pass rush was not there yesterday, but at the same time, the niners were very aware of that d-line which is why you didn’t see any deep balls coming from jimmy. Everything was short and underneath. When the niners HAD to start pushing the ball downfield near the end of the game, the pass rush definitely showed up.

  6. eagleswin says:
    January 31, 2022 at 7:28 am
    If you want honest. Stafford choked like he always does. He lead the league in INTs during the regular season and should’ve had the lead in INTs yesterday. He went through a couple of periods where it looked like he was throwing to the other team including what should’ve been the game clinching INT on a beautiful rainbow throw to nobody but the db was so shocked that a pass hit him in the chest that he dropped it. If the 49ers Defense catches a few of those balls the game isn’t even close.

    If Jimmy G wasn’t equally as bad the Rams lose this game.
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    That’s the game of football, bro. Every qb in yesterday’s games had bad throws and int’s. Stafford definitely showed up and was on point after that duck he threw up.

  7. Where was Deebo Samuels in the final two series for the 49ers?

    That and the dropped interception by Tartt.

    Or we would all be celebrating Jimmy GQ

  8. The first ever NFL super team. They better win it all because it’s cap hell next season.

  9. I told you guys all year it was The Rams year, while getting thumbs down from bills, 49ers and chief fans. Los Angeles is the greatest city in America. The weather is great, the population is creative and tolerant, and the players don’t have to live in a fish bowl like they do in places where there is nothing else going on like Kansas City, Green Bay and Buffalo., look for more players like Von Miller and Beckham to angle their way here. Nobody wants to spend half their year in Cleveland or Pittsburgh, This is the beginning of a football dynasty

  10. jrterrier5 says:
    January 31, 2022 at 11:03 am
    Where was Deebo Samuels in the final two series for the 49ers?

    That and the dropped interception by Tartt.

    Or we would all be celebrating Jimmy GQ
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    Deebo was missing plays because he was exhausted from the niners constantly using him too much. I get it, he’s a great player, but they’re going to shorten his career and he’s going to have the career span of a rb. They even got him back there on kickoffs.

  11. Um, coach that was a terrible game by your team. The 49 ers lost it you didn’t win it and the refs were on you side as well/ Brought to you by Ceasars, we are all Ceasars please gamble responsibly.

  12. If the Rams win it all, it’ll be a rare case of the team that got more capital getting fleeced

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