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The Rams’ Baker Mayfield comes off the bench, scoring a 98-yard drive in his debut

The Rams’ Baker Mayfield comes off the bench, scoring a 98-yard drive in his debut

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Not long after Baker Mayfield he took Los Angeles Rams to one 17-16 comeback victory Las Vegas Raiders Thursday night, Sean McVay stood at the podium and laughed.

“Just like we drew,” McVay said.

The Rams won the game to end a six-game losing streak in impressive fashion, led by Mayfield, who was playing two days after being waived. Mayfield came off the bench after the first series in Los Angeles and replaced the starting quarterback John Wolford.

After the Rams trailed by 13 points in the fourth quarter, Mayfield led the team on a game-winning drive 98 yards, capped by a 23-yard touchdown to wide receiver Van Jefferson with 10 seconds left.

“I don’t know if you can spell it better than that,” Mayfield said. “Obviously we wish it was a little more stress free, but it’s a nice story, I’ll be honest with you.”

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 98-yard drive was the longest touchdown drive that started in the last two minutes in the past 45 seasons.

“You can’t say enough about Baker Mayfield and his leadership, his resilience [and] competitiveness,” McVay said. “And what a quick study. I mean, he arrived five minutes ago and figured out a way to do some special things tonight.”

Mayfield said the past three days have been “pretty hectic,” as he went from Carolina on Monday to play in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

“Tough decisions, but everything happens for a reason,” Mayfield said. “I’ve been going through a lot of emotions at this moment, but I’m really, really blessed and I’m really grateful, especially the guys here who welcomed me and helped me do the course here.”

The Rams went 16-3 Daniel CarlsonOn third down with 12:20 left to play, Mayfield drove 75 yards. Cam Akers‘ touchdown run with 3:19 to play.

After stopping Derek Carr and the Raiders at the 2-minute warning, when the Rams found themselves in a precarious position AJ Cole He dropped a 64-yard punt on the Rams 2. With no timeouts, Mayfield drove down the Rams’ field and reached the Raiders’ 23 with 15 seconds left. Mayfield connected with Jefferson in the back corner of the end zone.

On the game-winning play, Mayfield said he was “absolutely shocked” to see the Raiders’ press coverage with 15 seconds left.

“I really thought they were going to come out and play the field,” he said. “But they stuck with it, and I saw the weak-side safety get down, and Van’s a great runner, he went up and got it and beat it at the line and did a good job.”

Mayfield completed 15 of 20 passes in the fourth quarter, the second most in any quarter of his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

A former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick, Mayfield was asked Thursday night where his winning comeback with his new team ranks among his career highlights.

“This is over the top to be honest with you,” he said on Amazon’s broadcast. “I didn’t think it was going to play out like this, but I’m sure glad we covered the two-minute operation, my goodness.”

Mayfield is 0-22 as a starter when leading by 13 or more points, but this is the second time he’s led a 13-point comeback off the bench. He also erased a 14-0 deficit in his NFL debut in 2018.

Despite starting the game, Wolford did not attempt a pass. It’s the third time in the last 10 seasons that a team’s starting quarterback has not attempted a pass, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Mayfield has played for three teams in his first five seasons, and to do so was the No. 1 pick in the regular draft era (since 1967). He became the second player overall.

This report used information from the Associated Press.



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