Los Angeles Rams' Taylor Rapp, Andrew Whitworth expected to play in the NFC Game

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Los Angeles Rams' Taylor Rapp, Andrew Whitworth expected to play in the NFC Game

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that safety Taylor Rapp and left tackle Andrew Whitworth are on track to play in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. Whitworth's replacement in the divisional round game, Joe Noteboom, suffered a strain pec late in the Rams' 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"[Noteboom] did a great job finishing out," McVay said, per ESPN. "So we'll kind of monitor his progress throughout the course of the week. Andrew Whitworth had some great treatment. Really responded well to that. He's feeling good.

I expect him to be able to practice this week and see what that looks like. And then Taylor's really making great progress, has ramped up some of the physical activity and he's feeling good. So both those guys look like they're on track to be able to play on Sunday potentially."

Noteboom played great in the Whitworth absence

Noteboom recorded a pass rate of 96% against the Buccaneers.

"We feel like he's a starter," McVay said of Noteboom. "I thought he and [right tackle Rob Havenstein] both did an outstanding job for the amount of times and some of the stress we put on them, with the amount of dropbacks that we did have in that game.

And to be able to hold up against that rush was instrumental in us being able to win. Was really pleased with Joe yesterday." The Buccaneers recovered from a 27-3 deficit to tie the game at 27-27 but a walkoff field goal sealed a 30--27 win for the Rams.

"In my mind, I live for those kind of moments," Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "I would have loved to have been taking a knee up three scores, but it's a whole lot more fun when you've got to make a play like that to win the game and just steal somebody's soul.

That's what it feels like sometimes where they're sitting there going, 'Man, we just had this great comeback.' And you get to reach in there and take it from them. "That's a whole lot of fun."