We all knew the matchup between Davante Adams and Jalen Ramsey would be a fiery one during Saturday’s playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.
But who knew it could get so explosive in pre-game? There were so many taunts over on the Los Angeles sideline at Lambeau Field during warmups that officials broke up the two all-stars. The ref walked Davante Adams back to the Green Bay bench.
After Green Bay, the top seed in the NFC playoffs, beat the Rams, 32-18, Davante Adams told reporters what he said to Ramsey.
“I’m not some of the dudes that you’ve covered,” Adams said he told Ramsey. “So I just want you to come with me and follow me everywhere. Let’s give the people what they came here for.”
Now, Muhammad Ali once said “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” So let’s say Davante Adams didn’t brag in pre-game. He came out on top against one of the best cover corners in the NFL.
So, How Well Did Davante Adams Do?
Davante Adams caught nine passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. He’s totaled 753 yards in receptions during his career playoff games. So, he’s now first in Green Bay team history. Until Saturday’s game, Antonio Freeman’s 748 receiving yards were tops in Packers history.
Ramsey reacted very poorly to Adams’ second-quarter touchdown. The play was on a third and goal from the Rams 1. Adams went into motion, then reversed course, briefly shaking him loose from Ramsey’s coverage. Adams caught the pass in the right corner.
Ramsey jumped up and down in reaction. His body language on the sideline after the touchdown suggested Ramsey still was angry about the play. It’s not clear if he was mad at himself or whether another defensive back had the play bust.
Overall, Ramsey and the rest of the Rams secondary didn’t offer much of a defense against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Like Davante Adams, Rodgers also broke a team playoff record. The quarterback completed 23 of 36 passes for 296 yards. That brings his playoff passing total to 5,323 career yards. Packers legend Brett Favre owned the previous record of 5,311.
Like his pre-game boasts, Adams also was emphatic in post-game about his team’s chances of getting to the Super Bowl. The Packers will play either New Orleans or Tampa Bay next weekend at Lambeau Field.
Who can beat Green Bay?
“Nobody,” Adams said. “We can only stop ourselves.”
Want to read more Outsider coverage on Davante Adams? Check out how generous he is with his teammates. Like Air Jordan kind of generous.
We’ve got you covered on Jalen Ramsey coverage, too. How about this story, when Ramsey called out Seattle and D.K. Metcalf.