Rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua became the day’s hero as he connected with quarterback Matthew Stafford on a 22-yard touchdown to beat the Colts in overtime, 29-23, at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
After blowing a 23-point lead, the Rams went 75 yards in overtime, with Nacua scoring his first NFL touchdown to give the Rams the win. Nacua had nine receptions for 163 yards. NFL Sports said Nacua set an NFL record with 39 receptions over his first four games.
Rams head coach Sean McVay joked that Nacua’s score was “just like we drew it up.”
Rams running back Kyren Williams, scored two touchdowns in the first quarter. Williams scored his first touchdown on a nine-play, 75-yard drive up the middle in their first possession. The Rams then went 94 yards in 10 plays for Williams to make a three-yard touchdown run. He finished the day with 103 yards on 25 carries. Brett Maher completed field goals of 40 and 54 yards in the second quarter to ensure a Rams lead at halftime, 20-0.
With 7:17 remaining in the third quarter, Rams kicker Maher kicked a 51-yard field goal to bring the Rams lead to 23-0. With 5:26 remaining, the Colts got on the board with a 35-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson to Mo Alie-Cox. The Colts attempted a good two-point conversion; the Rams led 23-8. Richardson would score on a 1-yard touchdown run, pulling the Colts within one possession, 23-15.
It was a night of firsts as the Colts rallied to tie the game 23-23 on a 5-yard pass from Richardson to Drew Ogletree, his first NFL touchdown. Michael Pittman Jr. connected with Richardson on a two-point conversion. Both teams had the opportunity to get a field goal during the final minutes of regulation but failed to do so.
The Rams won the toss in overtime and went 75 yards in eight plays for the winning 22-yard Nacua touchdown, 29-23. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, in a gutsy performance – suffering from a hip injury, went 27-of-40 passing for 319 yards and one interception.
The Rams, 2-2, are at SoFi Stadium on Sunday to take on the Philadelphia Eagles, 4-0, leaders of the NFC East.