Cooper Kupp breaks record as LA Rams win 12th in Week 17

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LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp is having a very special season. He entered Week 17 with 1,734 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns. He was just 48 yards away from breaking the Rams Franchise All-Time Single-Season receiving yards record.

In the Week 17 contest against the Baltimore Ravens, Kupp has managed to catch six of seven passes for 95 yards and one touchdown. That 95 yards performance has catapulted Kupp’s receiving yardage for the 2021 NFL season to 1,829 yards, and that is good enough to become a record-breaker.

Cooper Kupp is not only setting Rams franchise records but is threatening to break NFL records this year as well.

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Rams take a late lead and hold on

Even with the production from Cooper Kupp, the Rams were trailing late in this one. Matthew Stafford had already thrown two interceptions and had fumbled once. But there is something that happens to Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter of the game, and this one was no exception.

Down by five points, the LA Rams took over the football with under five minutes left. But Matthew Stafford found his range. He completed passes to TE Tyler Higbee, WR Cooper Kupp, rookie WR Ben Skowronek, a couple of critical runs by RB Sony Michel, and finally, two clutch receptions by wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The final catch by OBJ was a crucial game-winning touchdown. With it, the LA Rams took their first lead of the game by the score of 20-19. Still, the Ravens got the ball with just 0:57 to play, but with first-down and 10 yards to go at their own 25-yard line. And with the Ravens kicker Justin Tucker already booting a perfect four of four, you just knew that if he was within range, he would boot a game-winner.

But newly arrived veteran outside linebacker Von Miller had other ideas. With first-down and 10 to go at the Baltimore Ravens 38-yard line, Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley dropped back to pass and was instantly sacked by Miller. That not only dropped the Ravens back to the 29-yard line, but it continued to wind down the clock from 19 seconds.

The Ravens tried one more pass, which was quickly lateraled, but defensive lineman Aaron Donald blew up the play, forcing a fumble to end the game.

The Rams played another ugly one but showed tremendous resolve in winning the game. Now, the Rams must wait to determine if they are the 2nd seed in the NFC or the NFC West Division Champion.

The LA Rams are 12-4 and have won five in a row. In the end, the Bone on Bone did the trick.

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