Rams' defense stymies Browns at goal line to preserve victory

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

CLEVELAND -- The Los Angeles Rams defense was backed up to their four-yard line, needing four stops to keep the Cleveland Browns from possibly tying the score.

A blitz forced Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to throw an incomplete pass on first down. Linebacker Samson Ebukam deflected a pass on the next play, and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and safety Taylor Rapp broke up a pass on third down.

With Mayfield under pressure, safety John Johnson intercepted a fourth-down pass into the end zone to preserve a 20-13 victory Sunday night at EnergyFirst Stadium.

The Rams never took complete control, but Jared Goff connected with receiver Cooper Kupp for two touchdowns, Greg Zuerlein kicked two field goals and the defense once again proved stout when it needed to be as the Rams improved their record to 3-0 heading into next Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Coliseum.

Goff completed 24 of 38 passes for 269 yards, with two interceptions.

Kupp caught 11 passes for 102 yards and Brandin Cooks had eight receptions for 112 yards.


Mayfield completed 18 of 36 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown.

Browns running back Nick Chubb rushed for 96 yards in 23 carries.

And the Rams held receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to six receptions for 56 yards.

The Browns led, 6-3, at halftime, but the Rams came out fast to start the second half.


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