The Los Angeles Rams played a home game Satursday night, but the atmosphere at SoFi Stadium didn’t feel like it.
Playing in front of a crowd of Raiders fans, the Rams stunned the franchise that once called Los Angeles as home by a 5:16 Satursday.
The win ended a six-game losing streak for the defending Super Bowl Champion Rams and ended a three-game losing streak for a Raiders team trying to make a playoff push.
On Satursday the Raiders and Rams faced each other for the first time since November 13, 1994 in Southern California. Here are the week 14 winners and losers:
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Baker Mayfield wins after showing up this week
Mayfield was released from waivers by the Rams on Tuesday and played almost all of the game for the club on Satursday. He predictably had some communication issues with the players and it was clear he hadn’t fully grasped the playbook (nobody was going to do it in 48 hours).
But Mayfield caught fire and felt more comfortable in the fourth quarter. He led the Rams on a 17-play touchdown drive and 75 yards to close the deficit at 16-10.
The Rams defense then forced the Raiders offense into a three-and-out and Mayfield and the Rams hit an eight-play 98-yard touchdown drive to win the game to seal the win.
On the game-winning drive, Ben Skowronek had a big 32-yard catch to put the Rams in business. A few plays later, Mayfield threw a beautiful 23-yard touchdown throw to Van Jefferson. The two games were probably Mayfield’s best passes of his rollercoaster season.
Mayfield finished the game with 22 of 35 passing for 230 yards and a touchdown.
“It’s a hell of a story,” Mayfield said after the game, according to the Associated Press. “I’ll be honest with you. It’s pretty special. … I love to compete. I love this game.”
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Ben Skowronek, Van Jefferson and Tutu Atwell
Mayfield has had a solid relationship with the three players, having only met them this week. The trio combined for 14 receptions, 183 yards and a touchdown.
The three were huge for a Rams team playing without Matthew Stafford (neck) and Cooper Kupp (ankle).
Bobby Wagner leads the defense without Aaron Donald
As throughout his career, Wagner was a duel machine.
He was around football all night. He had a game high of 14 tackles, including a huge tackle in the third and one late in the fourth quarter that resulted in a Raiders punt.
The Rams scored the game-winning touchdown on next possession.
The Rams’ defense kept the Raiders to just 20 yards in the fourth quarter and to three points in the second half.
Wagner, Jalen Ramsey and the Rams defense came up with crucial stops while the Los Angeles offense struggled through most of the game.
The Raiders could only convert a first down in the fourth quarter.
Maxx Crosby disrupts again
Crosby came into the league Satursday with 17 tackles for loss. Crosby had four tackles, two tackles for the loss and a sack in the loss.
The Raiders’ defense allowed 144 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. With less than two minutes to go, they gave up a 98-yard touchdown drive that won the game.
Las Vegas held the Rams offense to 95 total yards in the first half, but it fell apart in the fourth quarter.
Jerry Tillery flashed towards the end of the fourth quarter
Tillery was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after a Raiders sack on the first down in the fourth quarter with less than two minutes left after knocking the ball out of Mayfield’s hands. The penalty gave the Rams life on their game-winning drive.
Derek Carr throws two picks
Carr had a disappointing night. The Fresno State product failed to throw a touchdown and had two interceptions, including a pick in the end zone.
Carr was an 11-for-20 pass for 137 yards and had two interceptions in the loss. It was a boring performance by the QB.
Rams QB John Wolford
Wolford was hospitalized that night with a neck injury. He got the start but went three-and-out and didn’t complete a run in his first and only series. Mayfield checked in for Wolford and played the rest of the game.
Wolford likely won’t play ahead of Mayfield for the rest of the season.