Rams Crush Cardinals, 34-11, on its way to division round – CBS Los Angeles

INGLEWOOD (CBSLA) – In the first ever playoff game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, the Los Angeles Rams scored early and often in a dominant victory over their divisional rival Arizona Cardinals, 34-11.

Fans across Southland gathered to watch as the Rams earned their place in the playoffs in the playoffs, which are now scheduled to host reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Matthew Stafford earned his first playoff win of his career Monday night with a stunning performance of a total of 202 yards and two touchdowns, adding a haunting touchdown to his playing total.

LA’s offensive attacks came on the back of a 100+ yard rushing performance and 200+ yard passing performance. Both Sony Michel and Cam Akers had more than 50 yards, 58 and 55, respectively.

After a series of points from each team to begin the game, the Rams first struck when Matthew Stafford joined on a four-yard lob over Cardinals’ defensive back Marco Wilson’s outstretched hands to Odell Beckham Jr. for a fireyards. touchdown – the first playoff touchdown in Beckham’s NFL career.

Stafford would get its first rushing touchdown since 2016 just a few minutes later on a one-yard quarterback sneak – the third run in a row up the middle from the Rams, making the score 14-0 in the second quarter.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 17: Kyler Murray # 1 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by Leonard Floyd # 54 of the Los Angeles Rams in the second quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff match at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

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Perhaps the biggest story of the night was the Rams defense, which proved more than capable of handling the Cardinals’ star quarterback in Kyler Murray. He started the game 6-to-16, including two interceptions on back-to-back drives in the second quarter.

The first choice came on an over-the-shoulder lift from Murray, who ultimately tried to avoid a safety turned into an interception that was returned to a touchdown by Rams’ safety David Long Jr. The interception came back after just three yards, was the shortest pick-6 in NFL Playoffs history, making the score a steep 21-0 in favor of the Rams heading into the break.

The second interception of the night would be the first for one player – Marquise Copeland, who snatched the deflected pass to his first NFL interception of his career.

Murray was fired twice in the first half – once each by Von Miller and Aaron Donald – as part of the enormous pressure the Rams defense put on the Cardinals’ field general, who threw in just 118 yards through the first three quarters. He finished the night with 137 yards, his second-worst total of the season. He was 19-to-34, with his average passing at just 4-yards.

Los Angeles would use a few tricks on their way to another touchdown to start the second half as Odell Beckham Jr.’s deep rainbow-of-a-pass hit back-to-back Cam Akers step by step in 40 yards. This would lead to a 7-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to his favorite goal – Cooper Kupp, on what was just his third reception of the game at the time.

Arizona was assisted under 200 yards at night, with only 175 – 122 passes and 61 rushing. Their lone touchdown of the night came in the third quarter on a two-yard rush from running back James Conner, followed by a successful two-point conversion from Murray to wide receiver Antoine Wesley. They added three more points on a 55-yard Matt Prater field goal in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.

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The Rams now have their own steep task at hand as they head to Tampa Bay to host future Hall of Famer and seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL Finals Division Round. Their match is scheduled to begin on January 23 at. 12.00

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