The Los Angeles Rams beat the Arizona Cardinals 31-9 to snap their two-game losing streak on Sunday, December 23. Some improvements were evident, but still plenty of work to be done.
Jared Goff’s offensive woes continued on the first drive as he fumbled to kill the drive. The Cardinals took advantage of the field position, but settled for a 36-yard Zane Gonzalez field goal. Aaron Donald prevented any more progress with a thunderous sack on Josh Rosen.
Goff managed the game much better on his second drive. He led his team on a long drive downfield, which culminated in a 4-yard Robert Woods touchdown run to give the Rams a 7-3 lead.
The second quarter was all about the ground game for the Rams. C.J. Anderson replaced the injured Todd Gurley and pounded the Cardinals defense. But it was Goff that scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 14-3. The Cardinals made the game competitive again with a 32-yard pass from Larry Fitzgerald to David Johnson. The score was trimmed to 14-9 after Gonzalez missed the extra point attempt.
However, Anderson played with a chip on his shoulder, and lowered his shoulder for six more points before the half. The Rams added to their lead, 21-9. Both teams finished the half with back-to-back missed field goals from over 50 yards.
Not much offense production in the third quarter. Greg Zuerlein nailed a 21-yard attempt to make up for his previous 57-yard miss; 24-9 Rams.
Goff looked like he was back to form after completing a 39-yard touchdown pass to Woods. Fourth quarter consisted primarily of backup players to finish the game at 31-9.
The Rams will play the final game of the regular season against the San Francisco 49ers in Los Angeles. Kickoff begins at 1:25 p.m. on December 30with coverage on FOX.