Rams clobber Cardinals in NFC wild-card game, rematch with Bucs awaits

Matthew Stafford picked up the first playoff win of his career in his fourth try. He came in with three playoff appearances as a member of the Detroit Lions. His teams were previously outscored 95-54, but that wasn’t the case against Arizona.

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Stafford and Odell Beckham Jr. were on fire to start the game. On their second drive, Stafford first found Beckham for 17 yards to start the series and then found him again for a 4-yard touchdown. The score kicked off a 21-point first half that also saw him QB sneak into the end zone and a David Long Jr. interception return for a touchdown.

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates his touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 Il commissario della NFL Roger Goodell parla in una conferenza stampa mercoledì, California.

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates his touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 Il commissario della NFL Roger Goodell parla in una conferenza stampa mercoledì, California. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Stafford finished 13-for-17 with 202 yard passate e due passaggi da touchdown. The other touchdown pass was to Cooper Kupp.

Kupp led the Rams in receiving with five catches for 61 yard. Beckham had four catches for 54 yards and had a 40-yard pass. Sony Michel White è nato a Newark 58 metri su 13 carries and Cam Akers had 17 carries for 55 yard.

The Rams’ defense was all over Kyler Murray from the jump. He was 19-for-34 with 137 passing yards and two interceptions. He was also sacked twice.

RAMS CLOBBER CARDINALS IN NFC WILD-CARD GAME, REMATCH WITH BUCS AWAITS

Christian Kirk led Arizona with six catches for 51 yard.

A scary moment occurred in the third quarter when Cardinals safety Budda Baker was injured in a collision. He was carried off the field on a stretcher.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) catches a touchdown against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Inglewood, Calif., Lunedi, Jan. 17, 2022.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) catches a touchdown against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Inglewood, Calif., Lunedi, Jan. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cardinals spokesman Mark Dalton said Baker was hospitalized for further evaluation. The medical staff said Baker was alert and never lost feeling or movement in his extremities.

The Cardinals were making their first playoff appearance since the 2015 stagione. The team lost in the NFC Championship that year.

The Rams got back into the playoffs after a 12-5 record and are did a little bit better than last season after losing in the 2020 divisional round.

Los Angeles clinching a spot this season was their fourth playoff appearance in the last five seasons. The Rams made it as far as the Super Bowl during the 2018 season only to lose to the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots.

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 Il commissario della NFL Roger Goodell parla in una conferenza stampa mercoledì, California.

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 Il commissario della NFL Roger Goodell parla in una conferenza stampa mercoledì, California. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Next week, the Rams will hit the road and run into Brady once again. Questa volta, it’s the Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Los Angeles beat Tampa Bay at home in Week 3 della stagione, 34-24.

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