The Philadelphia Eagles entered the Rams House on Sunday and took care of business, defeating the Rams 23-14. SoFi Stadium was packed with Eagles fans as the 74,935 in attendance witnessed the infamous “tush push,” the “brotherly love shove,” or as Jalen Hurts professed, what he calls it will not be known during the first half’s final minutes.
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts passed for 303 yards, rushed for 72 yards, and two touchdowns as the Eagles remain undefeated. Hurts is the first quarterback to pass for more than 300 yards against the Rams this season. The Rams defense faced a tall task containing the multi-talented Hurts, who used his arms and legs to lead the Eagles to victory.
Coop is back! Cooper Kupp, coming off injured reserve, was a bright spot in his return to the gridiron. He had eight catches for 118 yards and made five catches for 56 yards in the Ram’s opening drive. Kupp played his first game since November 2022, and fans made sure he knew he was missed, chanting his name every time he took the field.
“There’s a few things that I’m sure I’m gonna look at tomorrow and just feel like, Man, it just didn’t happen a little bit faster,” Kupp said. “But it did feel good to be out there playing football again.”
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 21 of 37 passes for 222 yards and hit favorite targets, Tutu Atwell, and Puka Nacua, for endzone scores. Nacua finished with seven catches for 71 yards, and Atwell finished with two catches for nine yards.
The disappointment for Rams fans is visibly seen, especially coming off an overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts.
Stafford faced a menacing Eagles defense that sacked him four times. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon made a good end-one interception in the third quarter, but the Rams failed to capitalize on the opportunity. The Rams running game, usually a highlight of the offense, saw Kyren Williams gain 53 yards on 13 carries.
“We’ve got to play better complementary football, Rams head coach Sean McVay said. I thought Witherspoon’s interception, where it’s still a one-possession game, we’ve got to figure out how to go turn that into points. There are opportunities that I know we’re capable of making, and then we’ve just got to be able to string it together,” said McVay.
In the first quarter, with 2:01 remaining in the first quarter, Tutu Atwell would catch a 3-yard pass from Stafford for a Rams touchdown. The Brett Maher kick was good, with the Rams putting seven points on the board, tying the Eagles 7-7.
The Eagles would score twice in the second quarter, and Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford would hit Puka Nacua with a 22-yard touchdown pass, a good Brett Maher kick followed. The Rams would lead for a short time, 14-10.
In the fourth quarter, it was all Eagles. They would successfully kick two field goals with a winning score of 23-14. The Eagles would finish the day with 454 total yards, 295 passing yards, and 159 rushing yards. The Rams would finish with 249 total yards, 195 passing, and 54 rushing yards. The numbers don’t lie. The Eagle’s defense allowed zero points in the second half. According to CBS Sports, the Ram’s defense did not get off the field as the Eagles “possessed the ball for 38 minutes and scored on five of eight possessions.”
The Rams are 2-3, third place in the NFL West, and will host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday at SoFi Stadium.