9/20/21 INDIANAPOLIS, - The Los Angeles Rams made some big plays on defense, and Matthew Stafford threw two touchdowns to Cooper Kupp to help beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Rams' offensive line allowed Stafford to complete 19 of his 30 passes for 278-yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Kupp had nine catches for 163-yards and two touchdowns. Darry Henderson had 13 carries for 153-yards and one touchdown.
The defense for the Rams on two series against the Colts in the first quarter were game-changers, Carson Wentz and their offense to drive down inside the Rams 1-yard line, and on fourth down, Leonard Floyd (OLB) sacked Wentz, and the Rams took over on offense.
On the second series for the Colts inside the Rams 10-yard line, Trevor Reed (ILB) intercepted a shovel-pass that gave the ball back to the Rams.
The Rams scored first after Stafford threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kupp, and the extra point made by Matt Gay in the first quarter made the score 7-0.
Rodrigo Blakenship had the Colts trailing 7-3 in the second quarter after he kicked 48 -yard field goal. Matt Gay kicked a 34-yard field goal to give the Rams a 10-3 lead. The Rams led at halftime 10-6 after Blankenship made a 46-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Rams led 17-6 after Darryl Henderson scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. The Colts were behind the Rams 17-14 when Wentz threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Zach Pascal.
Stafford admitted that their offense was not as sharp as they were last week against the Bears.
"We were just, we were explosive today on offense. We just weren't as efficient as I think we can be and want to be. It starts with me. There were some opportunities to hit some guys. (I) didn't hit them. We didn't connect on a few plays that I think would have changed the game a little bit, just kind of kept the momentum going for us. It was an up-and-down game like you said. Really, all phases had great plays and plays, I know they want back, but we stuck together against a team that's a really talented football team, on the road, in a hostile environment, and got a win, which is great, especially early in the season. Everybody's out there trying to work the kinks out, get to play as good of football as they can, and winning those along the way is a positive."
The Colts took the lead 21-17 in the fourth quarter when the Rams were attempting to punt, the football bounced off the kicker Nick Scott arm into the endzone, and Ashtan Dulin recovered the ball.
The Rams would drive down the field and regain the lead 24-21 after Kupp caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Stafford.
The Colts would tie the game 24-24 after Blankenship kicked a 35-yard field goal. The Rams defense held the Colts again and forced them to punt.
Stafford drove the Rams downfield, and with 2:58 left in the game, Gay would kick a 38-yard field goal that would give the Rams a 27-24 victory, improving their record to (2-0) for their second win of the season.
Wentz completed 20 of his 31 passes for the Colts for 247-yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Michael Pittman led the Colts in receptions with eight catches for 123-yards, and Jonathan Taylor carried the ball 15 times for 51-yards,
After the game, the Rams head coach Sean McVay talked about the connection between Stafford and Kupp.
"I think they just have a good rapport with one another. They spent a lot of time – and I think he's got a good rapport with a lot of players. Cooper (Kupp) has maximized his chances these last couple of weeks, he's come through in a big way. He's a really good football player. I mean, he's not good – he's a great football player. So, I think you're talking about two great players in (Matthew) Stafford and Kupp, and I love what those guys have done through the first couple of weeks."
The next game for the Rams will be this Sunday at So-Fi Stadium against the Super Bowl Champions Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and should be a good game for the fans. #larams #nfl #colts #losangelesrams #indianapoliscolts #matthewstafford #aarondonald #cooperkupp #tgsportstv1 #tgsportsusa