Welcome to Los Angeles, Matthew Stafford.
The quarterback went “bombs away” for his first touchdown in a Rams uniform, completing a 67-yard pass to receiver Van Jefferson. The score gave L. A. an early 7-0 lead.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for Los Angeles, with returner Khalil Herbert taking the opening kickoff 50 yards to Chicago’s 43-yard line. Then running back David Montgomery took a handoff 41 yards all the way to the Rams’ 12.
It didn’t take long for the Rams to score, as they needed just three plays. Running back Darrell Henderson — now the starter after Cam Akers tore his Achilles in July — took a carry for 6 yards. Tight end Typer Higbee caught Stafford’s first pass as a Ram for 7 yards.
And then Stafford completed the long touchdown, giving the fans at SoFi Stadium a touchdown to cheer about for the first time.
Though Dalton played the majority of Chicago’s offensive snaps, rookie Justin Fields did enter the game for one play. He completed a 9-yard pass to receiver Marquise Goodwin before heading back to the sideline.