INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Baker Mayfield was waived by Carolina on Monday and claimed by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday. After a cross-country flight, he acquired one quick apply together with his new group on Wednesday.
And on Thursday night time, Mayfield led the Rams to 2 late fourth-quarter touchdowns and a surprising 17-16 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, capped by a 23-yard scoring pass to Van Jefferson with 10 seconds left.
Mayfield might solely surprise what Friday will convey on this wild week of his life, however the former No. 1 total choose is aware of it most likely will not be extra enjoyable than probably the most superb moments of his bumpy NFL journey.
“I don’t know when you might write it any higher than that,” Mayfield stated. “Clearly, we’d prefer to be slightly bit extra stress-free, but it surely’s a fairly rattling good story, I’ll be trustworthy with you.”
Simply two days after the Rams (4-9) claimed him, Mayfield went 22 of 35 for 230 yards — and ultimately snapped the defending Tremendous Bowl champions’ six-game dropping streak in dramatic model.
“What a fast research,” Rams coach Sean McVay stated. “He simply acquired right here 5 minutes in the past and found out a manner to have the ability to do some particular issues tonight.”
The Rams went on a 75-yard TD drive moments earlier than the successful drive, the latter of which ended with Mayfield discovering Jefferson behind rookie Sam Webb ultimately zone. The 98-yard march was the longest go-ahead TD drive within the closing 2 minutes of a recreation over the previous 45 NFL seasons.
Los Angeles trailed 16-3 after Daniel Carlson’s third area aim with 12:20 to play, however Mayfield acquired the Rams transferring and Cam Akers made a brief TD run with 3:19 left, one play after he fought for a primary down on the Vegas 1 on a gritty fourth-down catch.
The Rams’ protection stopped Derek Carr and the Raiders on the 2-minute warning, however AJ Cole dropped a 64-yard punt on the Rams 2.
Undaunted and with no timeouts, Mayfield led the Rams downfield once more — with ample assist from an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Raiders’ Jerry Tillery for knocking the ball out of the quarterback’s arms after a play. The drive included a contested 32-yard reception by Ben Skowronek, who completed with profession highs of seven catches for 89 yards.
“Man, you neglect what successful is like, and it positive is enjoyable,” McVay stated after the Rams’ first victory since Oct. 16.
Josh Jacobs rushed for 99 yards and the one landing for the Raiders (5-8), whose three-game successful streak resulted in humiliating style. Lower than 4 weeks after Las Vegas misplaced in former ESPN analyst Jeff Saturday’s NFL teaching debut with Indianapolis, the Raiders misplaced to a quarterback who joined his new group lower than 48 hours earlier than the sport and had only one temporary walkthrough apply.
“We’ve performed towards (Mayfield) earlier than and know he’s a extremely good competitor,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels stated. “He made some important throws for them. We ready for all three quarterbacks, not essentially figuring out who we had been going to get and on a brief week, so give them credit score. He made sufficient performs.”
Carr handed for 137 yards with no TDs and two interceptions. Davante Adams made two jaw-dropping catchesin the first half, however had none within the second half whereas Las Vegas’ offense managed solely 67 yards.
“We left some performs and factors on the market,” Carr stated. “After which on the finish of the sport, I simply didn’t assume we completed it how we might have completed it to win the sport. You realize, not even having to place the protection on the market or something like that. We simply didn’t execute.”
John Wolford ran the opening sequence for the Rams’ offense, however McVay then turned it over to Mayfield, a participant he has lengthy admired. Mayfield was having a horrible season for the Panthers, however he improbably injected a spark into the Rams with a handful of huge performs and respectable drives regardless of minimal data of the playbook.
“There was sort of a shortened checklist of performs that I used to be actually, actually learning,” Mayfield stated. “I’ll say we dipped out of that little checklist and acquired into another issues.”
With McVay apparently giving detailed directions into his helmet earlier than every huddle, Mayfield instantly acquired the Rams transferring. Akers short-circuited Mayfield’s strong second drive with a fumble within the crimson zone, however Rams linebacker Ernest Jones made an end-zone interception late within the first half.
Mayfield accomplished 15 of his 20 passes within the fourth quarter, flawlessly directing his new teammates downfield for 2 scores.
“I like to compete,” Mayfield stated. “I like this recreation.”
Jacobs injured his hand early within the second half and briefly went to the locker room, however stored enjoying. … Aaron Donald (excessive ankle sprain) missed his second recreation on account of harm in his nine-year NFL profession. … Raiders RG Alex Bars injured his knee on the opening drive and did not return. … Rams WR Jacob Harris injured his shoulder enjoying particular groups within the second half.
Raiders: Host New England on Sunday, Dec. 18.
Rams: At Inexperienced Bay on Monday, Dec. 19.
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