Cooper Kupp's 2 Touchdown Catches Carry Rams Past Seahawks 20-10

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After a week of COVID-19 chaos, the Los Angeles Rams went into their rescheduled showdown against Seattle with nary afloat practices and large questions astir who would beryllium successful azygous until a fewer hours earlier kickoff.

The Rams inactive came retired of a tremendously uncertain week with different triumph due to the fact that Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford person a rock-solid connection.

Kupp caught 2 touchdown passes from Stafford successful the 2nd half, and the Rams held disconnected the Seahawks 20-10 Tuesday nighttime successful a crippled betwixt 2 COVID-depleted teams.

Kupp broke Isaac Bruce’s single-season Rams receptions grounds successful the 3rd 4th with a 6-yard TD catch that was besides the 120th of his spectacular year.

The NFL’s receiving person past scored a tiebreaking 29-yard touchdown with 10:48 to play connected a picture-perfect propulsion implicit the mediate from Stafford to headdress an 88-yard drive.

Stafford passed for 244 yards and Sony Michel rushed for 92 for the Rams (10-4) successful a crippled postponed from Sunday, portion Kupp had 9 catches for 136 yards successful Los Angeles' 3rd consecutive triumph pursuing a winless November. The Rams hadn't had a mean time since they beat NFC West-leading Arizona last Monday, but their postgame solemnisation felt joyously familiar.

“Coming disconnected a precise large crippled against the Cardinals and past having each the worldly spell connected ... it’s conscionable being capable to navigate the changes successful your regular and inactive enactment unneurotic a crippled program and execute erstwhile you don't adjacent cognize who's going to play,” said Kupp, a Washington native. “I conscionable thought we did a bully occupation handling that and walking retired with a ‘W.’”

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With its 3rd triumph implicit Seattle successful 2021, Los Angeles pulled adjacent with Arizona atop the NFC West with 3 games to play, though the Cards clasp the tiebreaker connected part record.

The Rams were without starting close tackle Rob Havenstein, starring tackler Jordan Fuller, choky extremity Tyler Higbee and a big of backups aft 10 days of roster turmoil, portion the Seahawks were without starring receiver Tyler Lockett, starting cornerback D.J. Reed and starring rusher Alex Collins.

“Up until this morning, you truly don’t cognize if you’re getting immoderate cardinal players (back),” said Sean McVay, who became the 3rd manager successful Rams past to station 4 10-win seasons. “(Recently) I didn’t adjacent cognize if we had capable guys to beryllium capable to tract a team.”

DeeJay Dallas rushed for a touchdown for the Seahawks (5-9), whose streak of 9 consecutive winning seasons nether manager Pete Carroll ended. Seattle is inactive mathematically live for its ninth playoff quality successful those 10 seasons, but volition regret losing an eminently winnable crippled astatine SoFi Stadium.

“There’s truthful galore moments successful that crippled I felt similar we could person capitalized," said Russell Wilson, who passed for 156 yards. "I deliberation that we’ve ever created specified a precocious modular of playing and recovered ways to triumph these adjacent games, and this year, unfortunately, we weren’t capable to bash it.”

Carlos Dunlap had 3 of the Seahawks’ 4 sacks, but they couldn't get capable precocious stops oregon large plays from Wilson, who went 17 of 31 and underthrew DK Metcalf connected a cardinal play successful the 4th quarter, allowing Jalen Ramsey to interruption it up.

“There were immoderate opportunities successful determination that we needed to spell the different way, and they didn’t for 1 crushed oregon another," Carroll said. "We felt similar we benignant of kept them nether wraps (defensively), but we needed to people again and get ahead.”

After Kupp's 2nd TD, Los Angeles stopped Seattle connected downs astatine midfield with 3:21 near erstwhile Greg Gaines forced Wilson to propulsion rapidly and officials didn't telephone imaginable walk interference committed against Dallas. Matt Gay made his 2nd tract extremity for Los Angeles with 1:51 left, and Taylor Rapp sealed it with an extremity portion interception successful the last seconds.

“It happened quickly, and it didn’t look precise bully connected the small replay that idiosyncratic showed me, but I don’t know," Carroll said erstwhile asked astir the no-call. "I’m not bellyaching astir that call. We needed to triumph the crippled successful each the different ways we could triumph the game.”

KUPP AND STAFFORD

The Rams hung connected successful a frustrating crippled with large performances from their singular quarterback-receiver combo. Kupp had his 10th consecutive crippled with astatine slightest 90 yards receiving, a archetypal successful the NFL successful the past 70 years.

“He’s a large player, (and) he’s having a fantastic season,” Stafford said. “He’s specified a immense portion of what we bash arsenic a team, not lone connected offense. I’m conscionable blessed that I get a accidental to play with a feline similar that. I cognize a batch of different guys connected our squad consciousness the aforesaid way. We’re conscionable arrogant of him, watching him bash his thing."

Earlier, Stafford became the fastest backmost successful NFL past to rack up 50,000 yards passing erstwhile playoff totals are included. His 2nd TD propulsion to Kupp was a happening of quality that Kupp broke down thusly: “Matthew is simply a truly bully shot player, and that’s my investigation for that touchdown.”

SACK PARTY

While the Seahawks got to Stafford 4 times, Von Miller — who came disconnected the Rams' reserve/COVID-19 database earlier successful the time — got his archetypal sack for the Rams during the archetypal half.

Aaron Donald past dropped Wilson successful the 2nd fractional for his 17th sack successful their 17 games against each other.

INJURIES

Seahawks LB Jon Rhattigan injured his genu aboriginal successful the 2nd half.

UP NEXT

Seahawks: Host Chicago connected Sunday.

Rams: At Minnesota connected Sunday.

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