Monday Night Football: LA Rams Blow Out Arizona Cardinals

Stafford, who is in his first season with the Rams after spending his first 12 years with the Detroit Lions, threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a second in the final game of the NFL Super Wild Card weekend.

Superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who signed midseason after leaving the Cleveland Browns, caught his first playoff touchdown of his career, while also throwing a 40-yard pass on a trick play for the Rams’ fourth touchdown to set up.

Rams receiver Cooper Kupp continued his outstanding season with a touchdown catch and 61 yards receiving.

The Rams ran to a 28-0 lead in the first playoff game at SoFi Stadium, the site of Super Bowl 56 next month.

After the game, Rams head coach Sean McVay praised Stafford’s play after his first win in the playoffs.

“I thought he did a great job leading the way,” said McVay. “He’s still the same great player to me, and he always was before this game. I think it’s good so you guys don’t have to talk about that anymore. I’m so happy to be able to do this with him. He is our leader out there, and we wouldn’t be here without him.”

The clash was the first NFL playoff game to be held on a Monday since 1988 and the first ever on MLK Day.

While Rams’ offense was spinning the whole time, their defense as a whole could be the MVP of the night.

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was under constant pressure throughout the game, throwing two interceptions.

One was sent back by Rams linebacker David Long for a three-meter touchdown, the shortest choice-six in NFL postseason history.

Linebacker Von Miller picked up six tackles and a sack in his first post-season appearance since winning the MVP award at Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos, while Rams safety Eric Weddle played in his first game since coming out of retirement after he had last played in the 2019 season.

It was a gentle way to end the Cardinals’ season as they were the last team to lose their undefeated record earlier in the season and the first to take 10 wins.

After completing 19 of his 34 passes for 137 yards, with two interceptions and a passer score of 40.9, Murray called the feat “disappointing.”

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Marquise Copeland celebrates getting an interception with teammates in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals.
“It’s disappointing that we didn’t make it a game and played the football we know we can play, that’s really the most disappointing part,” Murray told reporters. “Losing is one thing, but if you don’t even make it competitive, it’s another.

“I put a lot on my shoulders, put a lot on myself and to dream of this moment and then be in the playoffs, the first game of the playoffs and then play like I did, to play like we did, it’s — like I said — disappointing.”

The Rams now travel to Florida to face the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for a spot in the NFC Championship game.

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