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Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams

February 3, 2021

Two rivals are facing off against each other. These two are facing off for the first time this season, the second matchup is in Week 17. Kyler Murray has been on fire with DeAndre Hopkins, and they have been so good that they are in two other games in this article as well. The Rams on the other hand are only in this article one other time, and that’s for losing to the Jets. They have been up and down this season, either doing things like crushing the Patriots or losing to the Jets at home.

Anyways, the game starts off as Cardinal ball. After a couple bad plays and a penalty, QB Kyler Murray throws deep to his TE Dan Arnold for a huge 59 yard touchdown to start off the game! It looks like there was nobody even 10 feet near him, and he was able to easily catch and walk into the end zone to get things going!

The Rams get the kickoff, and they do decently until they turn it over on downs. Both teams punt next, and the Cardinals punt again, and the Rams get a touchdown on their next drive. A long drive finally ends when RB Cam Akers runs 9 yards for a TD. The Cardinals punt again, and then the Rams turn it over on downs again. After the Cardinals punt again for the eightieth time, the Rams score their second touchdown. It was Tyler Higbee with the 1 yard touchdown to make the score 14-7. The Cardinals try to get a 48 field goal right before the half, but they miss it, so the second quarter ends.

The Rams start out the second half with the ball, and QB Jared Goff connected with his running backs Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown as he gets to them for 49 combined receiving yards that drive. The drive ends on a 39-yard field goal to increase their lead to 17-7.

The Cards answer back with a touchdown, which is a receiving TD from Murray to his favorite target DeAndre Hopkins. During the drive, they went for a risky 4th and 12 play and got it with WR KeeSean Johnson. The Rams go right back at the Cardinals as on one of their next plays, Jared Goff goes to his third running back Cam Akers for 22 yards. Quickly they get down to the one yard line and score with Jared Goff’s QB Sneak. During this drive was the end of the fourth quarter, with Jared Goff having over 300 yards already. That makes the score now 24-14, and the Rams go back up double digits.

The Cardinals punt after only a few plays on the next drive, but returner Nsimba Webster coughs the ball up, and Arizona recovers! RB Kenyan Drake gets the ball for the next two plays, and he is able to get a total of 15 yards and a touchdown on that drive. The Rams don’t let that mess them up as they answer back again and get a touchdown with two great plays. The first is a passing play to TE Gerald Everett for 22 yards and then a 38-yard run by Henderson for the TD. There was a wide open hole, and he easily scored the touchdown.

The Cardinals need more stops and scoring, but they screw up as Murray is sacked and fumbles, and the Rams have the ball right back. They don’t do much with it though as they miss a 37 yard field goal. The Cardinals misfortune continues as Murray throws a pick six, and the Rams just have total control over the game as they are winning 38-21 with about 4 and a half minutes left. The Cardinals still try to score, which they do with Dan Arnold getting his second touchdown of the game, this time a two yard catch.

The Rams get the ball, and they run out the clock to finish and win the game. Notable players include Dan Arnold, Jared Goff, DeAndre Hopkins, Robert Woods, Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, and Troy Hill (the person who got the pick six). 

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