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Jared Goff fails to deliver in the biggest game of his career

APTOPIX Patriots Rams Super Bowl Football

New England Patriots’ Kyle Van Noy (53) sacks Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff (16) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Rams quarterback Jared Goff had grown irritated with questions about a late-season slump. He’ll now be facing plenty of questions about a nightmarish Super Bowl start.

Goff completed 19 of 38 passes for 228 yards and an interception on Sunday night in Atlanta. That translates to a completion percentage of 50, six yards per attempt, and a passer rating of 57.89.

After a very shaky first half, Goff made some good throws in the second half, and he was authoring a potential game-tying drive before floating a pass that was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, which allowed the Patriots to embark on the drive that as a practical matter ended the game.

While it wasn’t a disaster in comparison to some other less-than-memorable Super Bowl performances by a quarterback ( recently ranked the 10 worst), it will raise plenty of questions about Goff’s status as a short-list franchise quarterback -- and it will do nothing to erase concerns that his success is a product of coach Sean McVay’s system.