INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Matthew Stafford gotten in Monday night’s wild-card video game versus the Arizona Cardinals having actually never ever won in the playoffs, losing in all 3 of his looks over 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions.
If just he had a group around him as skilled as the one he now quarterbacks.
Stafford integrated for 3 goals, significantly beating Cardinals equivalent Kyler Murray, and the Los Angeles Rams got contributions from up and down their star-studded lineup en path to a trouble-free 34-11 win at SoFi Stadium. It filled the playoff hole in Stafford’s résumé and punched the Rams’ ticket to the divisional round, where they’ll deal with Tom Brady and the safeguarding champ Buccaneers on Sunday in Tampa, Florida.
Stafford’s 323 profession goal passes in the routine season were one of the most of any gamer without a playoff triumph, according to ESPN Stats & Information research study.
“I’m just excited for our team to get the win,” Stafford stated. “What a team effort. Our defense played outstanding tonight, special teams basically set up a score with [punter] Johnny [Hekker] pinning them down there, did a great job on field goals. And we were good enough on offense to score some points and come away with the win. Just happy to be moving on.”
Stafford kipped down among his most effective efficiencies of the season, even if it wasn’t his most respected. He tossed goal passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and Cooper Kupp and ran for another on a goal-line sneak for his very first hurrying TD given that 2016. After ending the routine season with 8 interceptions over the last 4 video games, he didn’t dedicate a turnover versus Arizona while ending up with an almost ideal 154.5 passer score.
His 13 conclusions and 17 efforts were quickly season lows, while his 202 passing backyards were his 2nd least. His 17 efforts likewise were his least in a win in his profession, routine season or playoffs, according to ESPN Stats & Information information.
With the Rams’ running video game discovering its groove from the outset and their defense leaving Murray looking lost all night long, they didn’t require Stafford to bring the load.
Sony Michel, gotten right before the season through sell the wake of Cam Akers’ Achilles tendon tear, hurried 13 times for 58 backyards. Akers, in his 2nd video game back from that injury, chose 55 backyards on 17 brings. Los Angeles’ 11 enters the very first quarter and 38 enters all were both season highs.
The Rams held the Cardinals without a third-down conversion on 9 shots and kept them off the scoreboard up until 4:11 stayed in the 3rd quarter. The 183 overall backyards the Rams enabled were a season low and their 5th least under coach Sean McVay, per ESPN Stats & Information. They reduced the effects of Murray’s legs and obstructed him two times, consisting of a pick-six by cornerback David Long when Murray chucked the ball out of his own goal under pressure in order to prevent a security.
“Guys were just flying around, playing fast, making big plays when we needed it,” stated protective deal with Aaron Donald, among the Rams’ 3 first-team All-Pros, together with Kupp and cornerback Jalen Ramsey. “That’s what it’s about. When you got 11 guys out there, you expect everybody to make a play at any time. A bunch of guys did that and did a good job of containing him, making the quarterback uncomfortable. He threw the ball to us; we took advantage of it.”
The Rams likewise got an interception from protective deal with Marquise Copeland.
At 3 backyards, Long’s pick-six was the quickest in NFL postseason history, according to Elias Sports Bureau research study.
That score provided the Rams a 21-0 lead heading into halftime. And unlike recently, when they led the San Francisco 49ers 17-0 just to lose in overtime, the Rams included on in the 2nd half.
Early in the 3rd quarter, McVay called a technique pass that had Beckham capturing a lateral from Stafford then tossing to Akers for a 40-yard conclusion down the sideline. In another illustration of how dominant the Rams’ protective effort was, that play got 12 more backyards than the 28 Murray had actually tossed for to that point.
Beckham stated the play was installed today which the wind made it challenging to perform the include practice. He valued the training personnel for keeping it in the strategy.
Akers could not take a catchable deep ball from Stafford previously in the video game.
“The opportunity came up, I know I got to someone who’s easily gonna catch the ball,” Beckham stated. “All I got to do is put it in the vicinity [to] Cam Akers, and he made the play.”
Beckham ended up being the very first gamer in NFL postseason history to complete with a 30-yard reception and a 30-yard conclusion in the exact same video game. He captured 4 passes for 54 backyards and taken the very first playoff TD of his profession.
“I feel like I’ve gotten to a certain age where I’m a realist and not an idealist, and I understood the situation of what I was coming into in this team and everything that they were capable of,” Beckham stated. “And it just feels amazing to get that win. Get the first one off your back. Now knowing it’s just time to put it together and make a run.”
The Rams signed Beckham and traded for pass-rusher Von Miller (one sack, 3 takes on for loss) previously this season in the 2 newest circumstances of the group filling up on star gamers in a quote to follow in the Bucs’ steps and win the Super Bowl on their house field.
That likewise included their offseason trade for Stafford, who looked every bit the upgrade over Jared Goff they visualized.
“I thought he did a great job leading the way,” McVay stated of Stafford. “He’s still the same great player to me. And he always was before this game, as well. So I think it’s good so you guys don’t have to talk about [him not having a playoff win] anymore. So he can get that one out of the way. But really proud of him. Just so lucky to be able to do this with him. He’s our leader. We wouldn’t be here without him.”
Against the blitz, Stafford went 7-of-8 for a season-high 148 backyards and the goal pass to Kupp, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Stafford now has 16 TDs and one interception versus the blitz this season, consisting of Monday night’s video game. He was pushed on just 6 dropbacks, one shy of his least dropbacks under pressure this season.
Kupp, who ended up being the 4th gamer given that 1970 to lead the league in catches, getting backyards and getting goals, topped the Rams with 5 catches for 61 backyards.
Stafford called the looming match with Tampa Bay “a huge challenge,” keeping in mind the Bucs’ success in your home, where they were 7-1 this season at Raymond James Stadium.
“Obviously, a fantastic quarterback, great defense, a really good football team,” Stafford stated.
The Rams was among just 3 groups to beat the Bucs — 34-24 in Week 3 — throughout the routine season.
“I think their team is different than when we played them last, and I think we are, too, both [in] personnel and scheme a little bit. You always evolve throughout the season,” Stafford stated. “So it’ll be interesting to see what they look like here as of late, and we’ll go out there, attack and see what happens.”