Three heroes carry the LA Rams to Week 17 victory

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LA Rams News Odell Beckham Jr.
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Velcro hands

The welcome mat for veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s arrival may not have been a red carpet gala event, but it may be soon enough. The Rams gave OBJ a crash course to learn the offense, and he has certainly been a scoring machine since arriving on the team. In fact, in seven games, he has scored a touchdown in five different games.

Over the course of a 17 game season? That’s good enough for a 16 touchdown season, which would be his career-high-scoring mark. It was that knack for scoring touchdowns that made OBJ so very vital in the final offensive drive for the LA Rams.

After the Ravens extended their lead to 19-14 with the fourth of four Justin Tucker field goals, the Rams got the ball on their own 25-yard line and just 4:30 remaining on the game clock. The offense needed to find the end zone one more time.

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Fourth-quarter comeback coming

The drive started out promising. Completions of 15 yards to Higbee and 24 yards to Cooper Kupp advance the ball into Ravens’ territory pretty quickly. Two more completions: A four-yarder to Kupp and a 15 yarder to rookie WR Ben Skowronek pushed the ball into the red zone.

With a first-down and 10 yards to go at the Ravens’ 17-yard line, the Rams got a solid eight-yard run out of RB Sony Michel. But the Ravens stiffened and two more Michel runs lost three yards. With a fourth down and five yards to go, Stafford found WR Odell Beckham Jr. just beyond the sticks.

With a new set of downs at the seven-yard line, the Rams wasted no time. Stafford found OBJ at the right pylon, and the Rams made their final score of the game. Up by one point, the LA Rams attempted a two-point conversion to make it a three-point game but failed.  The defense made it stick, and the LA Rams won a nail-biter in Baltimore.

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