Rams clinch playoff berth with 30-23 victory over Vikings

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The Rams will be back in the postseason.

And they may host the first playoff game at SoFi Stadium.

Los Angeles defeated Minnesota 30-23 behind a strong defensive performance and a special teams score.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions, two of which were deep in L.A. territory and led to 10 points. But the game swung fully in the Rams’ favor midway through the third quarter when Brandon Powell returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown. That gave Los Angeles a 20-10 advantage.

While Minnesota put up another field goal, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught a 7-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to make the score 27-13. K.J. Osborn‘s 6-yard touchdown pulled the Vikings to within a possession. But Los Angeles’ field goal on a 13-play, 69-yard drive that took 6:18 and saw the Vikings use all three timeouts put the game out of reach.

The Vikings kicked a field goal to make the score closer with 32 seconds left. But they but failed to pick up the onside kick, which allowed the Rams to take a knee and end it.

The Rams ran it effectively throughout the game with Sony Michel, as he finished with 131 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Running back Darrell Henderson had one carry for 17 yards, but had to exit the game due to a knee injury. The Rams also lost center Brian Allen (knee) and linebacker Ernest Jones (ankle) to injuries during the contest.

Stafford finished 21-of-37 passing for 197 yards with a touchdown and three picks, ending the day with a 46.8 passer rating. Receiver Cooper Kupp was the leading receiver with 10 catches for 109 yards.

On the other side, Kirk Cousins was 27-of-38 for 315 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Receiver Justin Jefferson had eight receptions for 116 yards. Running back Alexander Mattison, filling in for Dalvin Cook while he’s on the COVID-19 list, had 41 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown, plus three catches for 29 yards.

While the Rams have officially made it to the postseason, they also have a chance to win their division. After Arizona’s loss to Indianapolis on Saturday night, Los Angeles holds sole possession of first place. If the Rams beat the Ravens and 49ers over the next two weeks, they’ll win the NFC West.

The Vikings will have a harder time making it to the postseason after Sunday’s loss. Now at 7-8, Minnesota travels to Green Bay in Week 17 and hosts Chicago to end the regular season.

60 responses to “Rams clinch playoff berth with 30-23 victory over Vikings

  1. When you force three interceptions and still lose, at home, there can be only one explanation:

    The refs.

    Thanks, Obama.

  2. The refs definitely screwed the Vikings today. Should have been 35-0 Minnesota. The NFL fix is in!

  3. Mattison is no Dalvin Cook. Worst red zone offense all season for the Vikings. Hey OC, stop running Mattison from the 10 yard line.

  4. Blah, blah, blah, blah….must have been the refs! 🤪

  5. I just always picture the tv show trailer park boys when the usual packer fans show up. Surprised they are still awake after all the moonshine yesterday. But they live for Vikings games as shown by their sheer volume of comments.

  6. Packer fans could have gone with any number of comments about how the Vikings stink. But they keep talking about refs. I mean, I guess that’s funny to them? I don’t know.

  7. Down two scores with less than a minute left, Jefferson struck a pose after catching a first-down pass. I guess he’s where he should be after all.

  8. RMoss84HOF says:
    December 26, 2021 at 4:35 pm
    I just always picture the tv show trailer park boys when the usual packer fans show up. Surprised they are still awake after all the moonshine yesterday. But they live for Vikings games as shown by their sheer volume of comments.

    ———————————

    Trust me, I live in GB, it’s all they have.

  9. What a surprise. Another year, and it’s another year of not winning a championship for the Vikings.
    Sorry, Vikings fans, but you were warned not to pronounce them Super Bowl champions back in August.
    And now the worst thing will happen to you. You did a lot of crowing when the Vikings beat the Packers in your building, and now the Packers have a chance to knock you right out of the playoffs at Lambeau next weekend. I guess that old saying about pay back is true, huh?
    Here’s some advice for you: get a young head coach who understands how football is played in the 21st century. Because it’s pretty obvious Mike Zimmer will coach his last game for you in two weeks.
    And if you want to have some fun during the playoffs, book a cruise to Florida — there’s a good chance you’ll get to meet a lot of your team’s players!!

  10. Notice how Cousins always makes a huge clenching motion with his mouth doing anything on the field?
    Viking fan since 1972, and watching them the last 5 years has been atrocious.
    Jefferson, Kendricks, O’Neill, Theilen, and Cook are the only players.
    Mackenzie Alexander, Oli Udoh, and Cameron Dantzler wouldn’t make any other team.
    The Vikings apex with Cousins was a wild card victory, and 3 home losses with the playoffs in site.
    Never thought in 1972 the Vikings wouldn’t win a Super Bowl in my lifetime, but with age comes wisdom.

  11. Vikings fans who troll Packers articles and then complain when Packers fans respond in kind are literally the stupidest people on the planet.

  12. Don’t worry Viking fans. win next week and you’ll only be four games behind Green Bay with one to play. Skol.

  13. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 26, 2021 at 4:49 pm
    Vikings fans who troll Packers articles and then complain when Packers fans respond in kind are literally the stupidest people on the planet.
    ———
    There is a difference between fans who make a point with statistics to back up their point. And idiots on both side (you and all your screen names). That just call names and pretend to be “insiders” and type with emojis like a child.

  14. Rams down 2 O-linemen and the Vikes D line couldn’t set the edge on run plays or rush the passer. Folks can complain about Cousins, the O-line and play calling all they want, but the defense has killed this team almost all year. As to the cheeser trolls, who not only comment on the game, but have so little to do that they comment on the comments – there’s one guy with multiple names – guess which one (it rhymes with Shmokyo Shmandblaster).

  15. RMoss84HOF says:

    There is a difference between fans who make a point with statistics to back up their point. And idiots on both side (you and all your screen names). That just call names and pretend to be “insiders” and type with emojis like a child.

    ———

    Well, cheese, I’ve only ever been me. If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out, lil guy!

  16. RMoss84HOF says:
    December 26, 2021 at 4:32 pm
    Death, taxes, and the packer trolls having no lives are are the three certainties in life.

    ………………………………………………………………………………
    There`s a fourth. The Vikings never winning the Superbowl.

  17. I will always cheer for the Vikings, but.. how do you get 3 picks and still lose at home? Jeezle. The Rams tried super hard to give the game up, but the Vikings just would not take the win. Unfortunate.

  18. On the play immediately before Stafford threw a TD pass to OBJ, the announcers pointed out a blatantly missed defensive holding call against the Vikings. Care to explain how the refs missed that call Viking fans or were the refs (and Stafford with his terrible interceptions) trying to help Minnesota win this game? Viking fans screamed bloody murder about a missed call that went GB’s way yesterday. If you seriously think a “fix” is in, you’re only making excuses again.

  19. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 26, 2021 at 4:49 pm
    Vikings fans who troll Packers articles
    //////
    I’d like to hear your definition of trolling…I know you can’t be calling me out.

  20. bigmoose says:
    December 26, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    What a surprise. Another year, and it’s another year of not winning a championship for the Vikings.
    Sorry, Vikings fans, but you were warned not to pronounce them Super Bowl champions back in August.
    //////
    Packer fans make more Vikings fans predictions than Vikings fans. Why you be lying? Who said what back in August?

  21. purpleguy says:
    As to the cheeser trolls, who not only comment on the game, but have so little to do that they comment on the comments – there’s one guy with multiple names – guess which one (it rhymes with Shmokyo Shmandblaster).

    ———-
    I came on here quite some time ago to combat Vikings trolls that were running rampant and unchecked. The worst of them was contra…who now goes by cheese is fattening and a few other names.

    I used to think you were the one decent Vikings fan on these boards, but how I realize there’s simply no such thing. Enjoy your losing season. Again.

  22. It looks like Vikings fans quit on their team again today.

    It’s pretty obvious who was on the respective naughty and nice lists this year.

  23. packerlies says:
    December 26, 2021 at 4:39 pm
    I demand KnowsmorethanMe address the Viking run defense…
    //////
    I’m on record stating Zimmer needs to be fired for his inept defense this entire year. The Rams are morons for not running the ball more. Even worse is the defense giving up points in final two minutes of first half. Now, respond in kind about your teams run defense…let’s talk football…

  24. gremlin says:
    December 26, 2021 at 5:23 pm
    On the play immediately before Stafford threw a TD pass to OBJ
    //////
    Pointing out a possible missed penalty that had no bearing or impact on this game isn’t quite the same as the two non-PI calls on GB ints, now is it?

  25. scrambles says:
    December 26, 2021 at 5:23 pm
    I will always cheer for the Vikings, but.. how do you get 3 picks and still lose at home?
    //////
    1st and goal: draw play Mattison for -1 yards.
    2nd and goal: draw play Mattison for 1 yards.
    3rd and goal: Cousins pass to Osborn, off his hands for an Int.

  26. Another big game where, IMO, Cousins is pedestrian at best. I don’t think the Vikings lost because of the QB, but once again he did nothing to help them win. When you sign the first ever fully guaranteed contract in NFL history I believe it should be expected that you raise the level of the team. Now after 4 years with Kirk, I’m ready for a change.

  27. As I said earlier this season, there’s no urgency from the Vikings to succeed and make a playoff run. The defense showed some promise early in the second half. But the offense failed to capitalize. That’s on the OC and the QB.

  28. A great year for the Vikings, they were not eliminated until AFTER Christmas this year! skololol

  29. KnowsMoreThanYou says:

    I’d like to hear your definition of trolling…I know you can’t be calling me out.

    —————————-

    I honestly have no idea who you are. Are you new? Or perhaps a new iteration of “smartestnflfan,” A Vikings fan that kept making predictions that turned out to be so wrong that you’d think he was the stupidest nfl fan?

    To your other point, if you’re going to call out bad officiating for a game involving one of your rivals, and don’t agree that the same call should have been made against you, your opinion isn’t going to hold much water here, bo matter how smart you think you are.

    Enjoy your day.

  30. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 26, 2021 at 5:50 pm
    KnowsMoreThanYou says:

    I’d like to hear your definition of trolling…I know you can’t be calling me out.
    /////
    I simply don’t know what alleged PI call the other dude is speaking of. It certainly wasn’t glaring like when the Packers intercepted two balls yesterday. And yes, it is pertinent to point out that the two plays are not similar in nature when the Packers intercepted the ball and the Rams scored on the next play (his description of what happened, not mine).

    As to whom I am? Just a football fan that likes to talk X’s and O’s, unlike most people here. And just the one account I’m afraid. No other
    Postings under other names, no pretending to be a fan of another team, no making up lies or making up quotes of other teams fans.

  31. The Packer run defense of the last 3 weeks is a liability that will need to be hidden by the offense…. but the 5 weeks prior it performed good enough to be an asset.

    Green Bay is going to need to outscore teams to win in the playoffs. And they need to get contributions from 2 of the 3 missing All-Pros.

    As for Zimmer, I was on record he should of been let go 3 years ago.

  32. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    December 26, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    gremlin says:
    December 26, 2021 at 5:23 pm
    On the play immediately before Stafford threw a TD pass to OBJ
    //////
    Pointing out a possible missed penalty that had no bearing or impact on this game isn’t quite the same as the two non-PI calls on GB ints, now is it?
    ——
    The reason behind my post was to point out that there are missed calls in EVERY game. Viking fans act like those types of calls only go in Green Bay’s favor. You may think you know more than everyone else, per your arrogant screen name, but you don’t. I’ve listened to Viking fans, sports writers and announcers (i.e. Paul Allen and the late Don Riley) cry and whine for over 50 years. Some things never change.

    To address one of your questions to another poster, yes – the Packers’ run defense absolutely stunk yesterday and if they don’t get that corrected, they’ll get beat in the playoffs. One difference between that and Minnesota’s performance today, Mike Zimmer got his head coaching job because he is supposed to be a great defensive coach.

  33. Cousins has all the talent in the world to be great in this league. The problem with Kirk is he really doesn’t hate losing.

  34. You guys who are saying Zimmer should be fired for his defense aren’t making an sense. Did you serious think a defense with 6 new starters, plus losing Hunter and Griffith would be good???? You don’t know football.

    Here’s where you need to complain: Instead of going with a cheaper option at QB (Case) who gelled with the team and took them to the NFC Championship game, whose contract would’ve allowed Zimmer and Spielman to add FA’s to the aging and departing defense to keep it at a championship level, they mortgaged their future on Kirk .500 Cousins instead.

    That’s your dagger, kids. It’s not a piecemeal defense that did what piecemeal defenses do. It’s the huge cap percentage of .500 QB that did them in.

  35. Sorry….you can’t say a call was bad only if the other team loses. That’s not how it works. Peoples-Jones also pushed off vs Rasul Douglas, and that wasn’t called either. Denzel Ward also clearly grabbed Davante Adams’ hand and it wasn’t called.

    The Packers vs Browns refs were calling things the same way the whole game. The non-call was congruent with several other questionable situations that affected both teams. But since the Packers won, it bothers you. If they had called it the whole game, and didn’t at the end, then I’d agree with you that it was egregious and a terrible non-call.

  36. I guess the only thing Vikings fans have to look forward to now is watching Rodgers and the Packers lose the NFC Championship for the fifth time in the last 8 years.

  37. We want it both ways in Minnesota. Calls should go against the Packers . . . and then in favor of our Vikings.

  38. ackattack22 says:
    December 26, 2021 at 6:37 pm
    I guess the only thing Vikings fans have to look forward to now is watching Rodgers and the Packers lose the NFC Championship for the fifth time in the last 8 years
    //////
    I mean, that is pretty close. Suppose we could get some sort of warm fuzzy if we beat the Packers next week. I’d rather go 15-2 and lose to the Packers twice a year though.

  39. ackattack22 says:
    December 26, 2021 at 6:37 pm
    I guess the only thing Vikings fans have to look forward to now is watching Rodgers and the Packers lose the NFC Championship for the fifth time in the last 8 years.

    ————————

    When you have to pick on a team that is one of the 4 best in the NFL 5 times in the last 8 years, you know you have nothing left to live for.

    Also, the Vikings have lost their last 6 NFC Championship games

  40. singularitynow says:
    December 26, 2021 at 6:22 pm
    ///////
    When you’ve built your entire career and reputation on being a defensive guru, and your team continually gives up leads, and your team is dead last on giving up points in the last two minutes of the first half…..then yes, you must stand up and state the buck stops here. And, while you’d like to give Zim the year off, those of us in the know see 3 playoff appearances in 8 years and want a new regime. Btw; tell us all what Case Keenum’s numbers and win/loss record is since he left Minnesota. If you think he was the answer, it’s all we need to know about your train of thought.

  41. Could one of you real Packer fans take ‘unknownvikingfan’ out behind the woodshed and explain to him he’s only making your fam base look really bad? Btw; it’s not just Vikings fans staring the Packers got two huge breaks yesterday on those Ints. It’s literally everybody except Packer fans. I’d have some respect if you actually admitted you dodged a bullet and just moved on. But you don’t even realize that you’re the ones making this topic longer on with your excuses and nonsense.

  42. Knowsmore figures you win the debate by filibustering . . . not by making convincing points. The guy does win the Golden Keyboard Warrior Award for jumping on these threads more than anyone else, though. Kudos.

  43. KnowsMoreThanYou says:

    I’d have some respect if you actually admitted you dodged a bullet and just moved on. But you don’t even realize that you’re the ones making this topic longer on with your excuses and nonsense.

    +++++

    The topic you literally resurrected on like your 9th post of this particular thread?
    Some would say you are deflecting.

  44. Go Rams! Playoffs! If we win out, we’re the #2 seed and will be at home until we face GB. If GB gets eliminated, we’ll be at home the entire way including the Super Bowl.

  45. And in other news, the Vikings have announced contract extensions for both Zimmer and Spielman!!

  46. The Vikings look like a team that should be better than 7-8. But they’re not, and all the excuses in the world won’t change that. Most of their fans aren’t old enough to remember when they played at Met stadium. Man, they were tough and so were the fans that would brave the conditions. They’ve never been the same since.

  47. RMoss sure gets salty when our Vikings lose again. We need to just move on. Maybe next year . . .

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