February 8, 2023

Rams’ Baker Mayfield caps ‘wild 48 hours’ with debut win

Inglewood, Calif. — Baker Mayfield Did not start against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday night, but wasted no time making his mark in his debut for the Los Angeles Rams.

Mayfield, playing two days after being waived by the Rams, came off the bench in the first quarter and rallied his team from a 13-point deficit in the fourth. A 23-yard touchdown pass Van Jefferson 17-16 victory with 10 seconds left.

On the Rams’ second series, Mayfield replaced the quarterback and took over the game John Wolford, who started but played in only one series. Mayfield completed 22-of-35 for 230 yards and a touchdown to rally the Rams in a week in which he was released by the Carolina Panthers on Monday and arrived at the Rams facility on Tuesday night.

“It’s been a wild 48 hours,” Mayfield told Amazon Broadcasting after the win, which snapped the Rams’ six-game losing streak.

Los Angeles trailed 16-3 Daniel CarlsonA third field goal was scored at 12:20, but Mayfield capped a 75-yard drive. Game AcresTouchdown run with 3:19 to play.

Ram’s defense was stopped Derek Carr And the riders in the 2-minute warning, but AJ Cole The Rams gave up a 64-yard punt on the 2nd. Without hesitation and with no timeouts, Mayfield led the Rams downfield — with ample help from an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Raiders. Jerry Tillery For knocking the ball out of the quarterback’s hands after a play.

The Rams reached the Vegas 23 with 15 seconds left, and Mayfield immediately found Jefferson in the back corner of the end zone. The drive featured a contested 32-yard reception Ben SkoronekFinished with seven catches for 89 yards.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rams’ 98-yard TD drive was the longest TD drive that started in the final two minutes in the last 45 seasons.

For Mayfield, a former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick, Thursday night’s comeback win ranks among the highlights of his career with his new team.

“It’s just to be honest with you,” he said. “I didn’t think it would happen like this, but I’m glad we did the two-minute operation, my goodness.”

Mayfield has now played for three teams in his first five seasons, making him only the second player taken No. 1 overall in the general draft era (since 1967).

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

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.