Rams beat Cardinals to face Buccaneers in divisional round

Sports Writing, Jan 17 (EFE).- The Los Angeles Rams beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-11 on Monday and qualified for the NFC divisional round in which they will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At the end of the game played at SoFi Stadium, located in Inglewood, California, which will host this year’s Super Bowl LVI, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, 33, passed for 202 yards, had two touchdowns and one more. by land. Stafford, who lost all three of his previous playoff appearances, got his first win here. For the Cardinals, 24-year-old Kyler Murray, in his first postseason game, finished with 137 receiving yards, two sacks and two interceptions. The first half was a nightmare for Arizona’s offense, the 10th-best offense in the NFL; that he was forced to clear five times and suffered turnovers on two others. In the first quarter the Rams took a seven-point lead on their second drive after going 62 yards in 11 plays that culminated in a touchdown pass to Odell Beckham. At the start of the second quarter Stafford extended the lead to 14 with a personal play down the center of his blocking line. Tight within the five-yard line of his field, Murray was rushed by the local defense and faced with an imminent capture, he threw a loose ball that was intercepted by David Long, who took it to the end zone to widen the distance to 21 unanswered points. In the third period, Los Angeles maintained their dominance with another touchdown pass, 28-0, from their quarterback, who connected with Cooper Kupp, candidate for best offensive player of the year; NFL leader in receptions, 145; passing yards, 1,947; and TD receptions, 16. After eight offensive series the Cardinals broke the zero with a rushing TD by James Conner that closed them 28-8. Late in the third quarter Arizona safety Budda Baker took a concussive hit; he was taken on a stretcher from the field and taken to hospital. In the last period the Rams made a couple of field goals and the visitor connected one, which left the score at 34-11. Results of the wild card round of the NFL: Saturday 15.01: Raiders 16-29 Bengals and Patriots 17-47 Bills. Sunday 16.01: Eagles 15-31 Buccaneers, 49ers 23-17 Cowboys and Steelers 21-42 Chiefs. Monday 17.01: Cardinals 11-34 Rams. Divisional round duels: Saturday 22.01: Bengals-Titans and 49ers-Packers. Sunday 01.23: Rams-Buccaneers and Bills-Chiefs.EFE as/gb/msp


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