Stafford throws 3 touchdown passes, Rams beat Goff’s Lions



INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) – Jared Goff came under immediate pressure from Aaron Donald when he fell back late in a one-goal game. He threw into the end zone while being dumped, and Jalen Ramsey chose him.

Goff didn’t need a comeback to remind him that it’s much easier to win when the stars of the Los Angeles Rams are on your side.

And Matthew Stafford still loves his place on the other side of the current chasm between the Lions and the Rams.

Stafford had 334 yards and three touchdowns against his former team, and Ramsey made an interception in the end zone with five minutes left in the Rams 28-19 win over Goff and winless over Detroit on Sunday.

Stafford and Goff both recognized strong emotions in the first game since changing uniforms in a successful business last winter. Their post-game reunion with former teammates and coaches was uniformly warm, but their new teams stayed on the same season lines with the Rams’ narrow victory (6-1).

“Am I glad it’s over?” Yeah, ”said Stafford, who had 45,109 yards and never won a playoff game in his dozen years at Detroit. “I have a lot of good friends, a lot of people close to my heart who are part of this team or this city, and just happy to be done with this one. Can put away the plots and just go out and play soccer the rest of the year, and enjoy it. “

Goff had 268 yards and led the Lions (0-7) within striking distance of an upset before falling to a heartbreak. Afterward, Goff chatted with his former teammates and exchanged pleasantries with coach Sean McVay, who slapped his former quarterback’s helmet after their hug.

“I didn’t think about it until after, but there are a lot of guys that I never saw after the trade,” Goff said. “Being able to see them, say hello and catch up for two minutes was good. It was healthy. And then once the game started, it was very business as usual. It was really like any other game.

It was bad news for the struggling Lions and good news for the Rams, who held on despite a litany of mistakes.

The Rams were leading 25-19 when Goff led the Lions to Los Angeles 12 while converting four third downs. But Ramsey came up with his latest game-changing game on his 27th birthday as Goff was hit by Donald, the Rams’ other 2020 All-Pro.

“These two guys are the best at their jobs for a reason and played a great game against us,” said Goff.

Goff still hasn’t won a start in the NFL without McVay as a head coach, falling to 0-14. McVay declined to say much about his post-game conversation with Goff, but the coach praised his replacement.

“He was great in the clutch,” McVay said of Stafford. “And really, even when things weren’t going well, he just stays nice and balanced, and that’s what a great quarterback does. He’s our leader.

Cooper Kupp had 10 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams, including the go-ahead score with 13:59 remaining. Van Jefferson also caught a scoring pass from Stafford, whose first TD pass to Kupp was the 300th of his NFL career.

“Detroit is a tough outing,” Stafford said. “Always have been, probably always will be. Just happy to have one.

D’Andre Swift hit a 63-yard opening possession touchdown for the Lions, who lost their 11th straight game despite a double-digit lead in a rare solid start. Kalif Raymond had six catches for 115 yards.

Austin Seibert kicked four baskets in a superb special teams game for the Lions, who also recovered a kick early in the game and had two false punts.

But the Rams kept Goff’s offense out of the end zone in the final 57 minutes as they recovered from a double-digit deficit at the start and improved to 42-0 with a lead in the middle. -time under McVay.

“They are a team of a different caliber,” Detroit coach Dan Campbell said of the Rams. “It’s a team that has been built over the years, and they have weapons. In fact, we didn’t make as many mistakes as we did. We gave ourselves a chance. “

The Lions’ opening practice produced their first first-half touchdown since Week 2. Goff read a blitz and threw a short screen pass at Swift, who scampered into high school.

Detroit then managed to slam the ball with a lead for the first time this season when it embarrassed the Rams special teams twice, recovering an offensive kick three games before kicker Jack Fox completed a fourth pass. .

Stafford ultimately led three goals scored in the first half, but Detroit were leading 19-17 by the end of the third quarter. Stafford converted two long third downs before finding Kupp for a touchdown early in the fourth.

Robert Woods, who had six catches for 70 yards, took in the conversion of 2 points for a six-point lead.

KUPP MONSTER

Kupp’s immediate bond with Stafford becomes historic: he’s the first player in the Super Bowl era to record more than 800 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in his team’s first seven games.

OLD FRIENDS

In addition to the many reunions for Goff and Stafford, loyal defensive tackle Michael Brockers also had warm pre-game meetings with several former teammates. He spent his first nine seasons in the NFL with the Rams.

INJURIES

Rams rookie CB Robert Rochell injured his knee in the first half.

Lions LB Trey Flowers injured his knee in the second half. … DB AJ Parker injured his shoulder in the second half.

FOLLOWING

Lions: Host the Eagles on Sunday.

Rams: Texans on Sundays.

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