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All “Eyes Will Be On The Prize” At Hand – Winning Is A Must.

(East Los Angeles, CA), January 21, 2022 [From The Editor’s Desk]: There was no doubt that the electricity, excitement, and “buzz” inside of SoFi Stadium had begun hours before the official “kick-off” time of 5:15 pm for last Sunday’s Rams vs Arizona Cardinals “Wild Card” Playoff game. The first arriving groups of Rams fans, and from small-to-medium sized crowds of Cardinals fans immediately found themselves in various stages of their game preparations.

As the traditional pre-game rituals and player warm-ups were taking place, the SoFi Public Address announcer was giving great factoids to the fans present about the historic Rams/MLK, Jr. Day tribute as well as the NFL’s Monday Night Football/MNF encounter that was about to take place and which they would be witnessing.

At stake was the right to move-on in the NFC’s “Wild Card” playoff game between the #4 seed, Rams and the #5 seed, Cardinals. A win by the Rams would ensure a rematch of the season’s Week #3 game that resulted in the Rams winning by the score of (34-24) here at SoFi. But this time the site would be in Tampa Bay due to their #2 seeding and their victory against the Eagles in last Sunday’s slate of divisional “Wild Card” games.

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{Game Summary} (1st Qtr): Head Coach Sean McVay started the first drive with good ball control, showing a nice mixture of runs by Sony Michel and Cam Akers plus the receptions by Cooper Kupp and Tyler Higbee. Added together, this kept the Cardinals defense from making any solid adjustments. The Rams scoring drive included another “Big play” which was a 22 yard catch by Higbee down to the 6 yard line. A run by Michel and one by Akers, moved the Rams closer to the goal line, and from the 4 yard line, a very composed, serious-minded, and accurate Matt Stafford found his favorite, and “team-best” critical short yardage receiver, Odell Beckham, Jr., giving the Rams the first score of the game @ (3:55) left in the period. Matt Gay’s extra point kick was good for a (7-0) lead.

(2nd Qtr): To start the action, the Rams drove 67 yards in 8 plays, with the “Big play” going to Beckham, Jr. after a great 31 yard catch in traffic down to the Cardinals 2 yard line. On the next play, and a replay review of Michel’s plunge through center, with a ruling on the field of a TD, it was reversed. But on his 2nd attempt with a QB sneak, Stafford managed to punch it in from the 1 yard line for the score. It came with (12:01) left in the half. With the PAT by Gay, the score was now Rams (14) Cardinals (0).

After a Johnny Hekker punt was downed at the Cards one yard line, on the next play they appeared to have picked up positive yardage on a pass up to their 26 yard line. However, Coach McVay challenged it and the ball was returned to the line of scrimmage at the 4. Then, on a “bang-bang” play by the Rams aggressive front-four defense at the (8:07 mark, it earned high marks for the unit when Cards QB/Kyler Murray made a huge mistake and tried to pass from his own end-zone while in the grasp of #51/Troy Reeder. It resulted in the pass taking a “wounded duck” type of flight into the air. That’s when  CB/David Long, Jr. caught it and went in untouched for a 3 yard “Pick 6.” This gave the Rams a decisive lead of (21-0) going into their locker room.

{HALFTIME SCORE}  Rams 21  Cardinals  0

(3rd Qtr): The Rams took the kick-off and started from their line of scrimmage at their 25 yard line due to the touchback. After several running and passing plays, with (12:00) minutes on the clock, Coach McVay electrified the fans when he decided to go with a “flea-flicker” play of his own when he came out of a set formation in the backfield to Beckham, Jr., who then threw deep on a fly pattern to RB/Cam Akers. He was all alone for the catch and it was good for a 4o yd completion and a 1st down at the Cardinals (11). The Rams scored their third TD at (10:40) when Stafford hit Kupp for a 7 yard score. The Cards scored their only TD of the game in the period when RB/James Conner scored on a 2 yard run at the (4:15) mark. Their 2 point conversion was good, making the score Rams 28, Cardinals 8.

(4th Qtr): By this time in the contest, the Rams had completed their total domination of the opponent, and as the saying goes, “it was all academic” from there on. The scoring ledger was very light as evidenced by just two Matt Gay field goals, one from the 37 to start the period and one from the 46 with (4:14) left in the game. The Cardinals scored their 55 yard field goal at the (10:17) mark, giving them their 11th and final points of the game.

(FINAL SCORE):  Rams 34  Cardinals. 11

{Next Up} Now it’s on to Tampa Bay for Sunday’s, 1.23.22, NFC’s Divisional Round game @12:00 noon | Pacific Time. To Watch: NBC-TV, Channel 4; To Listen: ESPN 710 AM; 93.1 JACK FM; Westwood One; and Tu Liga Radio 980 AM.

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