The Rams were trailing 30-20 with 4 seconds left, and rather than taking a shot at the end zone from the 49ers’ 20-yard line to go out with a touchdown – or even just run the ball to kill the clock – Los Angeles kicked a field goal. Yes, a meaningless field goal to make the score 30-23.
Sure, McVay could’ve been going for some kind of tiebreaker with point differential if it ever came down to that, but it sure looks like he just wanted the backdoor cover for anyone who bet on his Rams.
Naturally, fans on social media went nuts with some hilarious reactions to McVay’s decision.
49ers/Rams line was -7 and the Rams just kicked a last second field goal down 10 points.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 17, 2023
McVay definitely knew what the spread was 😂
— Steven Haglund (@StevenIHaglund) September 17, 2023
THE LA RAMS ARE 2-0……..against the spread
— Vinny Calabrese (@VinnyCal) September 17, 2023
Did we just cover the spread with that FG? The literal definition of a back door cover. The folks in Vegas are confused.
— Rams Brothers (@RamsBrothers) September 17, 2023
49ers bettors in absolute shambles. McVay had the hook
— Brad Spielberger, Esq. (@PFF_Brad) September 17, 2023
Rams with the backdoor push. (Last I saw, line had dropped to 49ers -7.)
— Aaron Schatz 🏈 (@ASchatzNFL) September 17, 2023
The point spread was 7.5, right? That explains everything.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 17, 2023
McVay playing for the cover. Kyle walking off the field knowing he’s gonna hear about it in the groupchat. That’s tough
— KP (@KP_Show) September 17, 2023
The Rams kicking a Field Goal for the cover as time expires is so mean to Niners bettors
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) September 17, 2023
Sean McVay going for the cover 😂😂😂
…and they get it.
— Blaine Grisak 💭 (@bgrisakTST) September 17, 2023
Sean McVay kicking for the cover. What a coach.
— Kyle, a Madson (@KyleAMadson) September 17, 2023