The Rams used a curious play to put themselves just a touchdown behind the Packers in their NFL playoffs divisional round meeting Saturday.
After running back Cam Akers scored a TD out of the Wildcat formation, coach Sean McVay called a nifty hook-and-lateral for the 2-point conversion to make the score 25-18, Green Bay, with 1:41 remaining in the third quarter:
It’s not too often you see a hook-and-lateral in the NFL, especially on a non-game-ending play.
Unless you’re the Dolphins, that is.
Twitter was quick to point out Los Angeles’ play was suspiciously similar to a play Brian Flores and Miami used in the team’s 22-12 win over the Patriots in Week 15. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two plays, courtesy of Sporting News’ Jordan Heck:
There’s nothing in the rules that says teams can’t copy plays, of course. And it’s not as if the Dolphins, who missed the playoffs, are in a position to use it. That didn’t stop Twitter from noticing the similarity and saying the the Rams “stole” the play:
Damn, that play looked familiar 😂
— Safid Deen 💯💯💯💯 (@Safid_Deen) January 16, 2021
wow rams really stole that 2 point conversation from the dolphins smh
— trace 🗡 (@SkyTrace29) January 16, 2021
Rams really used a play Dolphins used on them
— Gussher Mendoza (@Gussher10) January 16, 2021
Alright the Rams stole that 2-point conversion from the Dolphins and now I’m salty again that we didn’t make the playoffs.
— Evan Morris (@EvanMorris72) January 16, 2021