Late scores gives Rams 27-24 win over Colts
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, September 20, 2021

Carson Wentz runs for a positive gain against the Rams (photo courtesy of Indy Star)

Late scores gives Rams 27-24 win over Colts
(INDIANAPOLIS) – Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford refused to let a sore right thumb derail his Sunday plans. Carson Wentz's right ankle wasn't nearly as forgiving. Stafford led the Rams on two late scoring drives, Matt Gay made a tiebreaking 38 yard field goal with 2:23 to play and the injured Wentz watched Indianapolis' final two possessions helplessly from the bench as the Rams held on for a 27-24 victory over the Colts. While Stafford wasn't nearly as crisp or efficient as in his Rams debut, he certainly played well enough; even after his throwing hand hit the helmet of DeForest Buckner during the first half. Stafford wound up 19 of 30 with 278 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception. And it's clear he's already built a pretty nifty connection with receiver Cooper Kupp, who had nine receptions for 163 yards and both scores. It was the second-highest single-game yardage total of Kupp's career. The combination helped the Rams (2-0) improve to 5-0 all time under coach Sean McVay in road openers. Indianapolis, meanwhile, is reeling from the first 0-2 start in coach Frank Reich's four-year tenure. And things appear to be only getting tougher as the Colts embark on a three-game road trip to Tennessee, Miami and Baltimore. And they may be without their starting quarterback. Before leaving the game, Wentz was 20 of 31 for 247 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His replacement, Jacob Eason, was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey on his second NFL throw.

Cleveland 31 – Houston 21
Buffalo 35 – Miami 0
New England 25 – NY Jets 6
San Francisco 17 – Philadelphia 11
Las Vegas 26 – Pittsburgh 17
Carolina 26 – New Orleans 7
Denver 23 – Jacksonville 13
Arizona 34 – Minnesota 33
Tampa Bay 48 - Atlanta 25
Dallas 20 -LA Chargers 17
Tennessee 33 – Seattle 30 (OT)
Baltimore 36 – Kansas City 35