Rams advance by thrashing Cardinals 34-11 on Monday night

NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams
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On a Monday night in Los Angeles, the Rams looked primed for a deep playoff run.

The Cardinals looked like a team that didn’t have any business in the postseason.

Los Angeles blew out Arizona 34-11 on Monday, advancing to the Divisional round for the second year in a row and the third time in the last four seasons.

The Rams got up 21-0 in the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown by receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a 1-yard sneak for a touchdown by quarterback Matthew Stafford, and then cornerback David Long’s 3-yard pick six.

Receiver Cooper Kupp added a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter on a possession that also featured a 40-yard pass from Beckham to running back Cam Akers. And Matt Gay connected on a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter to give L.A. 34 points.

Stafford earned the first playoff win of his career, finishing the contest 13-of-17 for 202 yards with a pair of TDs. He also had 22 yards rushing.

Edge rusher Von Miller had a sack in the first half and finished with three tackles for loss. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald also split a sack with fellow D-lineman Greg Gaines.

The Cardinals did not look prepared to play on Monday, especially offensively. The club had -3 total yards after the first quarter and only 40 yards at halftime. Quarterback Kyler Murray ended the first half 7-of-17 passing for just 28 yards with a pair of interceptions. He finished the game

Arizona ended eight consecutive drives with either zero first downs, a fumble, or an interception. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the longest such streak to open a postseason game since the Raiders in Jan. 1981.

The Cardinals did score a touchdown, two-point conversion, and a field goal in the second half. But it was not nearly enough to bring the team back.

Murray ended the game 19-of-34 passing for 137 yards. The Cardinals were also 0-of-9 on third down with just 182 total yards. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy took the last snaps for Arizona to end the game.

Cardinals safety Budda Baker was taken off the field on a stretcher after sustaining a hit in the second half. He was ruled out with a concussion and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. The Cardinals announced Baker was alert and communicative during his transport and never lost feeling or movement in his extremities, according to medical staff.

With the win, the Rams now have a date on Sunday with the Buccaneers at 3 p.m. ET. Los Angeles defeated Tampa Bay 34-24 in Week Three of the regular season, but that contest was in Southern California.

Including Monday’s contest, Cardinals lost five of their last six games in 2021 for a quick postseason exit after starting the season 10-2.

29 responses to “Rams advance by thrashing Cardinals 34-11 on Monday night

  1. Von Miller shows up when he feels like – that’s hardly the sign of greatness. A great player sets the tone week in and week out. The Rams will not make it to the Super Bowl.

  2. The Cardinals were horrible. Murray looked terrible. Him & Mayfield are both former #1’s that have not lived up to expectations.

  3. The Rams and Matt Stafford won the NFC West and a wild card playoff game. The talk that Stafford can’t win needs to end! We beat Brady and the Bucs earlier this season. It will be a great game next Sunday, but the Rams will win.

  4. Cardinals looked like the worst team in the playoffs. My god Stafford didn’t even have to worry about anything tonight with Murray giving gifts including the worst one I’ve ever seen watching football.

  5. Didn’t a bunch of people post the Rams would be one and done? I think I read “BOOK IT” about 20 times. So many smart people here!!!

  6. 49er’s, Bucs and Rams. That isn’t an earthquake moving the Richter scale in Green Bay, it’s the Packers quivering in their shoes!

  7. Man, Murray looked like a bewildered rookie.
    He was TERRIBLE with the pressure that the Rams were bringing. That idiotic pitch out of the end zone that turned into the INT probably iced the game for the Rams right there.
    No “Hail Murrays” last night, eh?

  8. I thought Murray was supposed to be good? I get it that even good qb’s have bad games sometimes, but he looked absoutley lost. Mayfield > Murray.

  9. That hit with Baker and Cam Akers was a tough one, you could tell he was out by the way his body hit the ground. Also I’m still amazed Cam was able to come back after tearing his achilles..amazing imo

  10. I think Packers will beat the 49ers handily, especially if Bosa and Warner can’t go. Other than that, three really good divisional round games. Bills – Chiefs should decide the AFC Super Bowl participant. So many possibilities!

  11. What in the world of football at any level was Murray thinking when he hook shot that throw into the arms of a waiting LA defender for a TD from the endzone? even a stupid quarterback knows you dont ever do that and taking a safety isnt all that bad in the long scheme of the game.Arizona was a fraud all season and it was brought out by the Rams,big time.

  12. billh1947 says
    What in the world of football at any level was Murray thinking when he hook shot that throw into the arms of a waiting LA defender for a TD from the endzone?
    It’s easy for us to talk. Despite their superhuman salaries, these players are humans. It was Murray’s first playoff game. His team was getting smoked. The pressure got to him and he made a lousy decision, but he’ll learn. Last night was definitely a learning experience for him.

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