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Matthew Stafford’s wife expresses frustration ahead of Cardinals matchup

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The Arizona Cardinals will meet the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs for the first time in Arizona history. When the organization was in St. Louis, the Rams defeated the Cardinals 35-23 points in 1975.

Both teams are suffering disappointing losses to division rivals and need every break they can get in a pressure-packed game that puts the winner one step closer to the Super Bowl.

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However, an unusual conflict is brewing for the Rams, brought up by the wife of a star quarterback.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly, opened up about a situation with the team’s fans on her podcast, On the Morning After with Kelly Stafford.

She is asking Rams fans not to sell their tickets to Cardinals fans in their home playoff game.

“I won’t lie, I’ve never seen so many opposing teams’ fans at one game,” she said. “And we came from Detroit and there were a lot of good travel teams there, but that was wild.”

A screenshot of 49ers fans in attendance at SoFi Stadium says it all.

Cardinals fans can relate to how many away fans manage to snag tickets at State Farm Stadium. But now the Red Sea fan base can take advantage of the Rams conflict.

Kelly Stafford also addressed why it’s so important for Rams fans to show themselves given the cost of losing to the 49ers in the environment.

“Matthew is taciturn,” Kelly said. “If he’s wandering the ball, it’s either counting out loud where you can hear him, and that’s what quarterbacks usually do when they’re at home. Matthew is on a silent count, Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t, who is the opposing quarterback. It was crazy.”

Matthew Stafford threw three touchdowns and two interceptions. His last interception was in overtime, sealing victory for San Francisco.

“We had a chance at the end of the game,” said Stafford. “I thought our guys did a good job of communicating. It was really a difficult environment for us to communicate throughout the second half.”

Stafford finished the season with career-highs in touchdowns (41) and interceptions (17). In the Rams’ two games against the Cardinals this season, Stafford has thrown five touchdowns and one interception. He was nearly flawless in their last matchup in December.

But playoff football is a different beast. The 33-year-old is 3-0 in the playoffs in his career after spending the last 12 years with the Detroit Lions.

Luckily for Stafford, he’s up against a team with a head coach and quarterback in the playoff dance for the first time.

The Cardinals showed optimistic signs in their Jan. 13 injury report. The team has an extra day due to Monday night’s game. Coach Kliff Kingsbury alluded that an extra day of football rest Monday night is a good thing for the Cardinals.

“I think it’s timely with some ongoing injuries that we’ve had with some key contributors,” Kingsbury said.

Running back Chase Edmonds has had limited practice after missing the last game with a rib and toe injury and said he feels good to leave.

Reporters to the Cardinals Darren Urban reports that cornerback Marco Wilson is headed in the right direction and that JJ Watt’s situation will be a “week’s process.”

Rookie wide receiver Rondale Moore was also seen in practice, having missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

But playoff football is a different beast. The 33-year-old is 3-0 in the playoffs in his career after spending the last 12 years with the Detroit Lions.

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