No Baker Mayfield magic as Packers beat Rams, get rid of champs

Baker Mayfield’s short-lived magic contact expired.

So did the Rams’ near-impossible playoff hopes.

Each had been put within the freezer Monday night time after a 24-12 loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers at Lambeau Discipline.

On an evening when it was 15 levels at kickoff — with a windchill issue of seven — the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Rams dropped to 4-10 and the inevitable lastly turned official:

The Rams won’t pull off a miracle and play within the postseason.

May coach Sean McVay have imagined that after profitable the title the Rams could be 4-10?

“You certainly can’t,” he stated, “but this is the reality that we’re in. And this is where we’re at.”

The Rams’ destiny had been obvious for weeks as a seemingly infinite stream of offensive linemen continued to fall and star gamers comparable to quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive lineman Aaron Donald suffered accidents.

Mayfield gave the Rams a glimmer of hope with a heroic efficiency in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders. However that light into the darkness and chill of maybe the NFL’s most iconic stadium.

It was becoming that the Rams had been eradicated with a defeat in frigid circumstances.

The chilly actuality is that the winners of Tremendous Bowl LVI are on their strategy to probably the most historic post-championship nosedives in NFL historical past.

It is just the second time because the then-30-year-old McVay was employed in 2017 that the Rams missed the playoffs.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) alerts a speeding landing for AJ Dillon (28) in opposition to the Rams.

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The primary time was 2019, not coincidentally after the Rams performed in Tremendous Bowl LIII and misplaced to the New England Patriots.

However in comparison with this season, that certified as a light Tremendous Bowl hangover.

“There have been a lot of things that I’ve kind of thought about that I think can make sense of why you’ve gotten here,” McVay stated. “But it still doesn’t make it any easier and it’s a very humbling season for sure.”

The Rams acquired routed by the Buffalo Payments within the season opener and by no means recovered.

“Feels a little weird, not going to the playoffs as a Ram,” cornerback Jalen Ramsey stated. “It sucks, but it’s part of it. You’re not going to have a winning season every single year.”

Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) makes a touchdown catch despite coverage by the Packers' Adrian Amos (31).

Rams tight finish Tyler Higbee (89) makes a landing catch regardless of protection by the Packers’ Adrian Amos (31).

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the reigning league most dear participant, accomplished 22 of 30 passes for 229 yards and a landing with an interception because the Packers improved to 6-8 and stored McVay winless in opposition to Packers coach Matt LaFleur, his shut pal and former Rams assistant.

After dropping a divisional-round playoff recreation within the 2020 season with Jared Goff at quarterback, and a recreation final season with Stafford beneath heart, McVay misplaced once more, this time with Mayfield.

Mayfield accomplished 12 of 21 passes for 111 yards and a landing. He threw one interception and was sacked 5 instances.

“Just one of those games where not a whole lot was going our way,” Mayfield stated.

Monday night time was a a lot completely different scene than Dec. 8 when Mayfield pulled off probably the most unbelievable feats in NFL historical past by main the Rams to victory two days after the Rams claimed him off waivers from the Carolina Panthers.

In that recreation, the No. 1 choose within the 2018 draft led two late scoring drives, together with one which coated 98 yards with no timeouts and fewer than two minutes left.

Mayfield was again at Lambeau Discipline for the primary time since final Dec. 25, when he performed for the Cleveland Browns and had 4 passes intercepted in a 24-22 defeat. However even in that recreation, Mayfield had his staff on the transfer earlier than the ultimate turnover within the final minute.

On Monday, the Packers led 10-6 at halftime on a brief landing run by AJ Dillon and a subject objective whereas the Rams managed solely two subject targets.

Rodgers got here out firing within the third quarter, transferring the Packers to the nine-yard line. Rookie cornerback Cobie Durant broke up a third-down go ultimately zone, however Ramsey was penalized for unlawful contact, and Dillon took benefit of the additional alternative by scoring on his second landing run.

Mayfield answered with a landing go to tight finish Tyler Higbee, however Matt Homosexual missed the extra-point try, leaving the Rams with a 24-12 deficit.

The Rams acquired the ball again with about 13 minutes left, giving Mayfield an opportunity to engineer one other comeback.

Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas intercepted a Mayfield go, seemingly ending any risk. However on the following possession, the Rams compelled a fumble, giving Mayfield one other likelihood with barely lower than 11 minutes left.

“When we got it back, just thinking the same thing,” Mayfield stated. “‘One play at time. Let’s see what we can do.’”

A pass-interference penalty in opposition to the Packers resulted in a 40-yard achieve, however Mayfield and the Rams couldn’t capitalize.

Rodgers directed a methodical drive to burn all the remaining 9 minutes and the Rams had been achieved. The Packers drove to the two-yard line after which mercifully ran out the clock.

“Just one of those years for us,” linebacker Ernest Jones stated.

The Rams have three remaining video games. They play their subsequent two at SoFi Stadium in opposition to the Denver Broncos and the Chargers earlier than ending the season at Seattle.

The one factor they’ve left to play for is satisfaction.