Cooper Kupp’s 2 TD catches take Rams to Seahawks 20-10


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) – Cooper Kupp caught two touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford in the second half, and the Los Angeles Rams fought off the Seattle Seahawks 20-10 on Tuesday night in a rescheduled game between two exhausted teams. COVID-19.

Kupp broke Isaac Bruce’s single-season receptions record in the third quarter with a 6 yard TD catch it was also the 120th of its spectacular year. The NFL reception leader then scored a decisive 29-yard touchdown with 10:48 to play on a perfect shot in the middle of Stafford to top off an 88-yard drive.

Stafford had 244 yards and Sony Michel rushed for 92 for the Rams (10-4) in a postponed game from Sunday, while Kupp had nine catches for 136 yards in Los Angeles’ third straight win after a month of November without a victory.

With their third win over Seattle in 2021, Los Angeles tied Arizona atop NFC West with three games to go, although the Cardinals hold the division-record tiebreaker.

DeeJay Dallas rushed for a touchdown for the Seahawks (5-9), whose nine-game winning streak under coach Pete Carroll has ended. Seattle is still mathematically alive for its ninth playoff appearance in those 10 seasons, but will regret losing a highly winnable game at SoFi Stadium.

Both defenses excelled in a two-team encounter with significant COVID-19-related absences. The Rams were without starting right tackle Rob Havenstein, main tackle Jordan Fuller, tight end Tyler Higbee and a host of substitutes after a 10-day turmoil on the team, while the Seahawks were without main receiver Tyler Lockett, starting cornerback DJ Reed and main rusher Alex Collins.

Carlos Dunlap had three of the Seahawks’ four Stafford sacks, who didn’t feel comfortable behind a reconfigured offensive line. Seattle just couldn’t get enough late saves or big plays from Russell Wilson, who hit 17 of 31 for 156 yards and knocked down DK Metcalf on a key play in the fourth quarter, allowing Jalen Ramsey to get him. to break.

After Kupp’s second touchdown, Los Angeles stopped Seattle in midfield with 3:21 left when Greg Gaines forced Wilson to throw quickly and officials did not call for possible passing interference against Dallas by the Rams rookie linebacker Ernest Jones. Matt Gay scored his second field goal for Los Angeles with 1:51 left, and Taylor Rapp sealed it with an interception in the end zone in the dying seconds.

The Rams hung on in a frustrating game with great performances from their remarkable quarterback-receiver combo. Kupp played his 10th straight game with at least 90 receiving yards, a first in the NFL in the past 70 years.

Earlier, Stafford became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to rack up 50,000 passing yards when playoff totals are included.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp, above, catches a pass over Seattle Seahawks cornerback Sidney Jones during the second half of an NFL football game on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in Inglewood, in California.

Neither team reached the end zone in the first half, with the Rams scoring just three points despite holding the ball for 21 minutes and Seattle entering four times.

Quandre Diggs made his fifth career interception near the Seahawks’ goal line in the first snap of the second quarter to kill a solid Rams practice. Los Angeles then returned the ball on the downs 1:56 before halftime, leading the Seahawks to a field goal and a 3-3 halftime score.

Dallas scored to cap a Seahawks’ 75-yard halftime rush. The Rams responded immediately with their first TD practice topped off with Kupp’s historic grab.

BAG PARTY

As the Seahawks traveled to Stafford four times, Von Miller secured his first sack with the Rams in the first half, while Aaron Donald sacked Wilson in the second half for his 17th sack over the course of their 17 matches against each other.

INJURIES

Seahawks LB Jon Rhattigan injured his knee early in the second half.

FOLLOWING

Seahawks: Host Chicago on Sunday.

Rams: In Minnesota Sunday.

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