Cardinals vs Rams score: Live NFC wildcard updates, results as Rams’ Matthew Stafford earns first playoff win

A dominating performance by the Rams’ first-half defense propelled Los Angeles to a 34-11 win over Arizona in the NFL’s first Monday Night Football Playoff game.

The Cardinals started the game with eight straight drives that resulted in zero first downs, a fumble or an interception. It’s the longest such streak to start a playoff game since Oakland did it in an AFC Division game on a frozen field in Cleveland in January 1981 (per Elias Sports Bureau).

That performance has given the Rams offense great field position quite often, as four of their six first-half drives have started between the Los Angeles 42-yard line and midfield.

The Rams defense also contributed points on a pick six from cornerback David Long when Kyler Murray tried to throw the ball while tackled in the Cardinals’ end zone in the second quarter and ended up throwing the ball straight to Long at Arizona’s three-yard field. line.

Odell Beckham was Los Angeles’ offensive star, as he had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown and completed a 40-yard pass to Cam Akers on a trick play. It was a unique performance, as Beckham is now the first player in NFL playoff history with a 30+ yard reception and 30+ yard completion in the same game (per Elias).

Los Angeles advances to the NFC Divisional Round and travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in Sunday’s 3 p.m. ET game. The Cardinals finish the season with an 11-7 record.

(Photo: Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today)

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