Former Ravens QB Joe Flacco throws 2 TD passes for Browns, who fall to Rams, 36-19
Matthew Stafford threw three TD passes, Puka Nacua became the first Rams rookie wide receiver to reach 1,000 yards. Los Angeles won.
The Los Angeles Rams secured a 36-19 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, with Matthew Stafford throwing three touchdown passes and Puka Nacua becoming the first Rams rookie wide receiver to reach 1,000 yards in a season. This win marks the Rams' first three-game winning streak since their Super Bowl victory in 2021, bringing them to a 6-6 record and back into the playoff race after a three-game losing streak prior to their bye week.
Since returning from a thumb injury, Stafford has shown impressive form, throwing eight touchdown passes and only two interceptions in the Rams' last three games. Against the Browns, Stafford completed 22 of 37 passes for 279 yards, connecting with Nacua, Demarcus Robinson, and Cooper Kupp for scores. Nacua, who briefly left the game with a rib injury, finished with four receptions for 105 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and two rushes for 34 yards. Kyren Williams also contributed to the win with 21 carries for 88 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The Rams' defense was also strong, with Aaron Donald and rookie Kobie Turner combining to sack Joe Flacco for a safety in the game's closing seconds. Flacco, who was making his debut for the Browns as their fourth starting quarterback this season, completed 23 of 44 passes for 254 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
The Browns, who have now dropped two straight games, remain in the thick of the AFC playoff race. Despite the loss, they put up a fight, with Flacco leading the team in a strong opening drive that culminated in a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jerome Ford. However, the Rams quickly responded, scoring on their next two drives to take the lead.
The game saw some injuries, with Rams tight end Tyler Higbee being evaluated for a concussion in the third quarter, and Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper suffering a concussion in the second quarter and not returning to the game. Additionally, Browns cornerback Denzel Ward and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin were inactive due to injuries.
Overall, the Rams' win over the Browns was a testament to their resilience and determination, marking a significant milestone in their season as they continue to push for a place in the playoffs.