Rams clinch postseason berth with 18-7 victory over Cardinals

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The Rams were without their starting quarterback, one of their top receivers, and one of their top defensive linemen on Sunday.

They still defeated the Cardinals to clinch a postseason berth.

Los Angeles beat the Arizona 18-7 on Sunday to finish with a 10-6 record. The Rams have reached the postseason in three of Sean McVay’s first four seasons as head coach.

Playing his first NFL game, quarterback John Wolford threw an interception on his first pass. But Wake Forest product settled down from there, finishing the game 22-of-38 passing for 231 yards. He was also Los Angeles’ leading rusher with 56 yards on six carries.

Arizona took advantage of that early interception with a touchdown on the short field. But that was all the visitors’ offense could muster.

Kyler Murray left the game after the Cardinals’ first series with an ankle injury and didn’t return until the fourth quarter. Though Murray drove Arizona into L.A. territory, the Rams blocked the Cardinals’ field goal.

Murray finished 8-of-11 passing for 87 yards, plus two carries for three yards. His backup, Chris Streveler, was 11-of-16 passing for 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

The Rams scored nine points on defense by drawing a holding penalty in the end zone and Troy Hill‘s pick six late in the second quarter.

Matt Gay drilled two field goals in the second half to give L.A. the winning margin.

With the win, the Rams are the NFC’s No. 6 seed and will go back to Seattle to take on the No. 3 Seahawks next week. The two teams played at the same stadium in Week 16, with the Seahawks winning 20-9.

With the loss, the Cardinals finish 8-8 and were eliminated from the postseason.

5 responses to “Rams clinch postseason berth with 18-7 victory over Cardinals

  1. Well, the Rams D is the best in the NFL. Fewest yards allowed, fewest points allowed.

    But mercy, they need to find an offense, or they’re out of the playoffs quick. Two straight games without an offensive TD.

  2. Cardinals continue their streak without winning a championship.
    73 seasons and counting.

  3. First time I have seen Arizona play but this team has NO playmakers on defense. There is not one player on that side of the ball who would scare the opposing offensive coordinator.

    Why they did not have a veteran backup QB behind Murray I do not understand. At the beginning of the year if you don’t think you can win okay but if you truly think you can win you should go with a veteran. Had Murray got hurt in say, week two their season would have been doomed.

  4. Veteran QBs can’t run air raid offense. You need a young backup for Kyler Murray.

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