For Second Straight Game, Giants Are Kept Out of the End Zone
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Jared Goff hit Cooper Kupp for a 55-yard touchdown with less than seven minutes to play, and the Los Angeles Rams grinded out a 17-9 victory over the Giants on Sunday in a game marred by a postgame fight between Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Giants receiver Golden Tate.
Ramsey and Tate scuffled at midfield after the final whistle of a game filled with trash-talking between the two. Ramsey also had made a spectacular hit on Tate early in the fourth quarter to force a fourth down. Ramsey has two young children with Tate’s sister, Breanna, and Tate was publicly upset last year when the couple went through a public breakup.
Ramsey and Tate walked toward midfield when the game ended, and they immediately swung at each other, eventually going to the turf in a heap. The veterans’ teammates pulled them apart.
The Giants were driving late when Darious Williams made a redemptive, diving interception at the Los Angeles 7 with 52 seconds remaining as the Rams (3-1) barely stayed unbeaten at SoFi Stadium and kept first-year Giants Coach Joe Judge winless.
After a dominant opening drive, Los Angeles struggled to get free from the Giants (0-4) until the speedy Kupp caught a pass behind the Giants’ linebackers and sprinted through the secondary, scoring the Rams’ first touchdown since their opening drive with six minutes and 56 seconds left. That was the only touchdown pass for Goff, who went 25 of 32 for 200 yards.
Daniel Jones passed for 190 yards and rushed for 45 for the Giants, who haven’t scored a touchdown in their last two games. They had two chances with the ball after Kupp’s touchdown, but the Giants turned it over on downs before Jones drove them deep into Rams territory.
Williams was whistled for a debatable pass interference penalty on fourth down in the final minute of the Rams’ 35-32 loss at Buffalo last week. This week, he came up with a big interception on a pass by Jones intended for Damion Ratley, diving to get both hands on the ball just above the turf.
The Giants’ defense gave an admirable effort against the N.F.L.’s third-ranked offense entering Week 4, but its offense stalled three times in the red zone before its late misadventures. Graham Gano kicked three field goals.
Tight end Gerald Everett had his first career rushing touchdown for the Rams on their opening drive, but they managed just three points from their next six drives before Kupp took off through the Giants’ defense to cap a 91-yard march. Coach Sean McVay’s offense produced 240 total yards after topping 400 yards in each of its first three games.
Everett’s fumble allowed the Giants to kick their first field goal, but the Rams battered Jones with four sacks in the first four drives.
The Giants trailed only 10-6 at halftime despite gaining 67 total yards.
The Rams improved to 28-0 when leading at halftime under McVay.
The Rams will make their third cross-country trip in four weeks for their next game, this time to face the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
The Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will return to Dallas when New York faces the Cowboys on Sunday.