Rams are playoff-bound after beating the Cardinals 18-7

Los Angeles Rams #9 John Wolford (QB) getting his first start of the season. Photo by Robert Torrance.

1/3/21 INGLEWOOD, CA - John Wolford completed 22 of his 38 passes for 231-yards, one touchdown, and an interception, along with Troy Hill's 84-yard interception for a touchdown for the Los Angeles Rams to knock the Arizona Cardinals out of the playoffs with an 18-7victory.

The stakes were high for the Rams, with the playoffs hanging in the balance. The Rams had to play without Jared Goff, Copper Kuff, Darrell Henderson Jr., and Michael Brocker.

Wolford threw an interception in the first quarter but settled down after that and did a great job managing the game. The Rams got a break when the Cardinals quarterback, Kyler Murray, went out of the game in the same quarter after being tackled, twisted his ankle.

Chris Streveler came in and took his place, and got the Cardinals on the scoreboard in the first, threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to his running back Jonathan Ward and the extra point was good made the score 7-0.

Arizona Cardinals #1 Kyler Murray being chase by Rams' defenders. Photo by Robert Torrance.

The Rams scored three times in the second quarter, first with Matt Gay kicking a 28-yard field goal, and the Cardinals left-guard Justin Pugh got caught holding in the endzone for a safety, which made the score 7-5.

The last score came when the Cardinals were in scoring position, Streveler threw a pass into triple coverage, and Troy Hill intercepted his pass and ran it back for an 84-yard touchdown giving the Rams their first lead of the game 12-7.

Gay, during the third quarter, kicked a 34-yard field goal that made the Rams' score 15-7. Murray came back in the fourth quarter with the playoffs at stake drove the Cardinals down the field into field goal range, but the Rams defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson blocked the field goal attempt, and the Rams recovered the ball.

Los Angeles Rams #1 Matt Gay (K) 34-yard field goal. Photo by Robert Torrance.

In the fourth quarter, Gay kicked a 27-yard field goal that helped beat the Cardinal 18-7, sending the Rams into the playoffs, and the Bear's loss to the Packers seal the deal for them getting and will go to Seattle to play the Seahawks in an NFC Wild-Card Game.

Sean McVay coached the game of his life, and manage the game that put Wolford in a great position to make plays that gave the Rams the opportunity to win the game.

"I was really impressed with Wilford, but I was proud of this team," McVay said. "I just can't say enough about the defense. " They've been unbelievable all year. They've really been the strength of this team, and I thought they showed up in a big way."

Los Angeles Rams #20 Jalen Ramsey (RCB) defending the Arizona Cardinals #10 DeAndre Hopkins (WR). Photo by Robert Torrance.

Wolford allowed the game to come to him, and the defense gave him the support that he needed by putting pressure on both of Arizona's quarterbacks, which allowed the Rams to play a ball-control game.

"The defense played unbelievable," said Wolford, who went 22 for 38. "And we got a block on special teams. Guys were fired up. We had energy throughout the entire game. It was a team win all across the board. I just love this organization, and I'm happy they gave me a shot."

Stereveler completed 11 of 16 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Murray finished the game completed 8 of 11 passes for 87-yards. Arizona defense kept the Rams running game in check with Cam Akers carried the ball 21 times for 34-yards. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #larams #arizonacardinals #nfl #jalenramsey #johnwolford #kylermurray #chrisstreveler #mattgay #tgsportstv1 #nfcwest