Matthew StaffordThree turnovers were overcome to deliver a game-winning drive which lifted the Los Angeles Rams over the Baltimore Ravens, 20-19.
The next obstacle was the potential for a slow Wi-Fi connection when the team charter returns to Los Angeles. This could also mean that the Arizona Cardinals-Dallas Cowboys matchup might not be as expected.
Stafford smiled, saying that the pilot sometimes gives updates. “I hope he will be able to keep us updated with his updates. … “Grow up Cowboy, Cowboy fan.”
The Rams were at 36,000ft somewhere in central West Virginia when the Cardinals beat the Cowboys. It temporarily ended their hopes at clinching the third NFC West title in five years under coach Sean McVay.
Before taking off, Odell Beckham Jr. declared that “it would be phenomenal” about the possibility of winning the division. “I don’t think I’ve ever been a conference champ in my career so it would certainly be a real accomplishment.”
The Rams hold a playoff spot and have another chance to win it in the regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers (9-7), to which they’ve lost five consecutively. The Cardinals (11-5), will play host to the Seattle Seahawks 6-10 at State Farm Stadium. A win by the Rams or a loss to the Seahawks by the Cardinals could seal the deal.
The division fate of the Rams was unknown when they left Baltimore on Sunday. The Rams have won 12 games in McVay’s five years of coaching, but they are aware that they need to do better to reach their Super Bowl goal.
McVay stated that McVay discovered a variety of ways to accomplish the same things as before, which is why he said it. It was overcome.
Stafford gave another good performance, and Cooper Kupp continued his historic season. Despite some inner turmoil, the defense held strong in crucial moments.
McVay declared, “The resilience shines through.” “It wasn’t perfect.”
Stafford completed 26 out of 35 passes for 309 yard and two touchdown passes with two interceptions and one lost fumble deep within Ravens territory. This was his fifth consecutive game with multiple turnovers, and his second consecutive.
Stafford stated, “I hate going through all of these to be honest with You,” while explaining the circumstances that led to each turnover. “I’m tired of it.”
Stafford watched as Chuck Clark, safety in the first quarter, intercepted a pass and returned it for 17 yards. Stafford fired a deep pass for Beckham in the second quarter. Clark also took it off Beckham. In the final quarter, Stafford, who was under pressure from the right side of the field, launched a deep ball for Beckham, who was surrounded by purple jerseys, which Clark also picked off.
Rams turnovers accounted for thirteen of the Ravens 19 points.
Stafford has now had four interceptions that resulted in touchdowns for this season. This is more than any other season in his career of 13 years. (He also threw four last year). Stafford’s four pick-6es is the same number as Jared Goff’s five seasons in Los Angeles. Goff was traded to the Detroit Lions along with two first round picks.
McVay stated that there are “some things we need to improve on.” McVay said, “And he’d be the first to tell you that. He was his best when he had to.”
Despite the impressive turnover numbers, Stafford leads the NFL in a crucial category: game-winning drive since 2009.
He led a nine-play 75-yard drive against the Ravens that was completed with a touchdown pass to Beckham of 7 yards. With 57 seconds remaining, the Rams won by one point.
Beckham said, “Know they believe in me to play those plays,” and also caught a crucial 5-yard pass on fourthand-5 to continue the winning drive. “Just finding the right way to dig deep. Although it wasn’t our best day at work, we found a way through to dig deep and win.
Stafford stated that he loves the chance to win the game. I like to kneel in the fourth quarter a lot more. It is obvious. But, second is this:
Stafford was 14-for-14 during the second half.
Kupp was the Rams single-season record holder for receiving yards after surpassing Isaac Bruce’s 1,781 yard mark in 1995. He had six catches for 95 yards, a touchdown and six receptions. Kupp’s 15th touchdown reception made him the fourth player with 100 receptions, 1,500 receiving yard and 15 receiving touchdowns in NFL history. He joins Randy Moss (2003, Marvin Harrison (2001), and Jerry Rice (1995).
The Rams were able to overcome a troubled start, which saw safety Taylor Rapp and cornerback Jalen Ramsey get into a brief fight on the field. McVay claimed that although the secondary seemed divided following the drive McVay maintained that cooler heads prevailed.
“Two great opponents. They wanted to do the right thing. McVay explained that there was a bit of a mix up. They moved on. It didn’t affect our ability to move ahead, I think.”
Safety Jordan Fuller then recorded his first interception for the season. The offense converted it into an 18 yard touchdown reception by Kupp to get Baltimore on the board before the halftime break. Baltimore’s lead was now 10-7.
Outside linebacker Von Miller, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade ahead of the trade deadline in November, came through with a timely sack of quarterback Tyler Huntley on Baltimore’s final drive of the game that halted any chance of a last-second Ravens victory.