Rams vs. Raiders score, takeaways: Baker Mayfield leads historic game-winner in storybook LA debut

Rams vs. Raiders score, takeaways: Baker Mayfield leads historic game-winner in storybook LA debut

The Los Angeles Rams scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take a 17-16 lead over the Las Vegas Raiders. New Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield led an eight-play, 98-yard drive to down six points with 1:45 left in the fourth quarter, hitting Van Jefferson for a 23-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rams’ 98-yard TD drive was the longest TD drive that started in the final two minutes in the last 45 seasons.

The Raiders controlled the tempo all afternoon, but Josh McDaniels’ team clearly lifted their foot off the gas pedal in the second half. Derek Carr finished with 137 yards passing and two interceptions, and Josh Jacobs had 99 yards and a touchdown. Davante Adams also made some splash plays, catching three passes for 71 yards.

John Wolford got the start for the Rams at quarterback, but was replaced by Mayfield after just one drive. The former No. 1 overall pick completed 22 of 35 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown, while Ben Skowron caught seven passes for 89 yards.

Here’s how this incredible comeback happened on Thursday evening.

Why did the Rams win?

the baker Mayfield. Shown Up.

Mayfield was waived by the Carolina Panthers this week and not only had to adjust to a new offense, he also dealt with a short week. Mayfield picked up the playbook Tuesday night, studied it on the plane to LA, and despite being alone with the team Wednesday, somehow found the chemistry with his receivers necessary to lead the 13-point comeback. Mayfield has barely adjusted to the time change, but he seems to have adjusted to his new offense. The defense helped the offense by never letting the Raiders get too big of a lead. The Rams had more passing yards, fewer turnovers and fewer penalties, which always helps in winning.

It wasn’t all just Mayfield, he got help from Skowronek, who led the team in receiving with 89 yards and while the running game wasn’t as efficient as the passing game, Cam Akers finished with 42 yards on the ground.

Why the Raiders lost

Las Vegas started the game strong, but struggled to get first downs and couldn’t get a comfortable enough lead to run away. Derek Carr finished with a 36.9 rating compared to Mayfield’s 91.4.

The Raiders led by 13 points with just over four minutes left in the game and the Rams were leading. The Rams’ offense had yet to score a touchdown in the game, but the Raiders were desperate and once, opened up a comeback opportunity. Mayfield saw his opportunity and took it, coming back with quick play, accurate passing and confidence. The Raiders defense lost steam and with it the game.

The Raiders looked like they were getting better, but they continue to throw up scores and their inability to close out games is becoming a pattern.

Turning point

The Rams finally reached the finish line and they did it at the right time. Cam Akers’ 1-yard score capped a 17-play, 75-yard drive that gave Los Angeles hope.

the game

The game of the portable game section is getting an upgrade: Drive of the Game. Mayfield and the offense that just joined this week had 98 yards to go with 1:45 left in the game and needed a touchdown. With 10 seconds left, Mayfield completed the game-winning touchdown pass, a play he calls one of the most memorable of his career.

Check out Van Jefferson’s strike:

What’s next

The Rams faced elimination tonight, with a loss knocking them out of the playoffs, but after a wild comeback, they live to see another chance at qualifying (although the chances are still slim). The Rams face the Packers, another struggling team, next week in Green Bay. Raiders coach Josh McDaniels will face his former boss next week when the Raiders take on Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

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