Even Baker Mayfield was shocked concerning the ending of his Rams debut.
After the quarterback led Los Angeles to a 17-16 comeback win in opposition to the Raiders on “Thursday Night Football,” Mayfield stated he was “completely shocked” over his opponent’s protection selection when he hit Van Jefferson for a landing with 9 seconds left to play.
The decision left Jefferson one-on-one with Raiders cornerback Sam Webb and he pulled in a superbly thrown ball from Mayfield to place the Rams forward.
“To be honest with you, I was completely shocked that they lined up in press coverage with 15 seconds,” Mayfield stated throughout Amazon Prime’s postgame. “I really thought they were gonna try to pop out and play zone but they just stayed with it. Saw the weakside safety stay down and Van’s a great go-ball runner, go up and get it and he won off the line and did a good job.”
Mayfield’s TD move to Jefferson tied the rating at 16 apiece and arrange Matt Gay for a game-winning extra-point kick. The Rams had trailed 16-3 earlier within the fourth quarter.
Mayfield’s 98-yard game-winning drive got here after a whirlwind week. The former No. 1 general choose was launched by the Panthers on Monday at his request, and returned to motion Thursday after the Rams claimed him off waivers.
The 27-year-old touched down in Los Angeles on Tuesday night time, practiced with the workforce on Wednesday, and have become an in a single day hero for a struggling Rams workforce that lost six straight earlier than his arrival.
Mayfield went 22 of 35 for 230 yards and a landing with zero interceptions in his Rams debut.
After the sport, head coach Sean McVay praised Mayfield in a victory speech earlier than tossing him the sport ball.
“To be able to come in here 10 minutes ago and help lead us to a victory, see you guys on Monday — Baker Mayfield,” McVay said.
As Mayfield celebrated in a huddle with this teammates, the quarterback yelled, “I’m happy to be home, man.”
Mayfield additionally obtained reward on the sidelines from Rams starter Matthew Stafford, who was positioned on injured reserve on Saturday because of a spinal contusion.
Although Stafford is eligible to return in Week 17, head coach McVay said “there’s a good chance” he is not going to play once more this season.
The Rams go to the Packers in a “Monday Night Football” matchup on Dec. 19.