Head coach Sean McVay says Mathew Stafford's fired-up celebration after dragging the Los Angeles Rams to the point of victory in last Sunday's Divisional Round win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reminded him of Kobe Bryant.
Stafford is 13/4 to be named the MVP of Super Bowl LVI, but he must first get the better of his NFC Championship game duel with 15/2 Jimmy Garoppolo before he and the Rams can think about welcoming the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, a 7/4 shot to win the award, or Cincinnati Bengals' Joe Burrow, at 10/1 to take the honour, to their house. You can follow the action via our Sports Live Streaming platform.
Eliminating the interceptions that dogged him in the regular season, Stafford has thrown for 570 yards and completed 74.5% of his attempts while earning the first two playoff victories of his career this month.
The ex-Detroit Lions QB has thrown four touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores, but the play that precipitated the frenzied, screaming celebration that took teammates and fans aback came following his clutch-time 44-yard completion to Cooper Kupp.
"It was kind of Kobe-esque," McVay told the media this week, via Associated Press.
"He's very poised in front of the media and he's poised during games, but he's got a lot of stuff to him that I think people wouldn't realize," McVay added.
"And that's exactly what you want from your quarterback. I love that fire that he has."