The Baltimore Ravens have now absolutely mastered the art of dropping game titles in the closest, most painful ways attainable.
The Los Angeles Rams, who have collected some of the most important star power in the NFL, gained huge performances from their major guns late in a thrilling comeback.
The Ravens led most of the game but had been stung late by an Odell Beckham Jr. landing in the final moment, major to a 20-19 Rams acquire and Baltimore’s fifth straight loss — all by just one or two points.
Matthew Stafford dug the Los Angeles Rams into a significant hole with 3 early turnovers. In addition, the Rams showed some discord early in the game as Jalen Ramsey shoved his teammate, Taylor Rapp, in the confront.
But Stafford bailed them out late with two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to pull out the match, which includes the link to Beckham with 57 seconds remaining. Stafford completed 26-of-35 passing for 309 yards and two TDs, with two INTs.
The two-position check out on the final TD was no good, opening the doorway for the Ravens to get at the gun. But a Rams protection that did not enable an offensive landing all game held firm at the end many thanks to a late Von Miller sack and a unsuccessful Hail Mary pass at the buzzer by Ravens QB Tyler Huntley.
Huntley began in place of Lamar Jackson and built some plays towards the Rams. But the Ravens’ inability to finish off drives led to them settling for four Justin Tucker industry targets and permitting the Rams to increase to 12-4. If the Cardinals get rid of Sunday afternoon, the Rams will clinch the NFC West.
The Ravens, who once had been 8-3 and in to start with spot in the AFC, now are 8-8 and practically surely out of the playoff mix. It’s John Harbaugh’s initially 5-recreation getting rid of streak at any time in the NFL.
The Ravens punted on their initially two possessions but led 7- thanks to a Chuck Clark decide-six of Matthew Stafford and a skipped field intention by the Rams. Clark then picked Stafford for a next time — the fourth and fifth INTs of his 78-sport career — and the subsequent Tucker field purpose made it 10-, Baltimore.
A Jordan Fuller interception of Huntley aided established up the Rams’ first rating. Stafford hit Cooper Kupp for a TD, the 15th time they have connected for a score this period, to cut the Ravens’ lead to 10-7. But just prior to the 50 percent, the Ravens added another Tucker area goal to make it 13-7, possessing driven 51 yards in the closing 53 seconds prior to the break.
Stafford was sacked on the Rams’ 1st possession of the third quarter, fumbling it away to the Ravens. Tucker’s third industry intention of the recreation made it 16-7, Ravens, in the third quarter.
But the Rams were being not finished nevertheless. Right after stopping the Ravens and obtaining fantastic discipline posture, the Rams made it a 1-possession game when Sony Michel capped off a 55-property drive with a 1-lawn rating to reduce the lead to 16-14. The Ravens drove to the Los Angeles 2-yard line but were held out of the conclusion zone, settling for Tucker’s fourth discipline objective of the game and a 19-14 direct.
That’s when Stafford went to operate once again, hitting Beckham on a clutch fourth-down catch just prior to the go-ahead touchdown. Late defensive performs by Miller and Aaron Donald aided seal the activity.