Even without two of their star players, the Rams were able to go on the road Monday night and dispatch the first-place Cardinals 30-23 to avenge a Week 4 loss and keep pace in the NFC standings.
Los Angeles was missing cornerback Jalen Ramsey and tight end Tyler Higbee, who were both on the COVID-19 list. Despite that, Matt Stafford found two reliable receiving targets in Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr., while the defense forced two interceptions of Kyler Murray in Ramsey’s absence.
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The last time these teams faced off, the Cardinals won 37-20. This time, Los Angeles came out ahead thanks to big plays by Kupp and costly penalties by the Cardinals late in the game.
Kupp had a career-high 13 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown, furthering his effort to lead the league in all three categories. OBJ continued his hot streak since joining the Rams, notching a touchdown for the third straight game and finishing with six catches for 77 yards.
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Arizona threatened late after hitting a field goal with 37 seconds left to make it 30-23 and then recovering the onside kick, but penalties on the last drive meant the recovery was for naught.
The Cardinals had more first downs (22-18), more total yards (447-356) and a better third down conversion percentage (8 for 15 to 6 for 12) in the loss. Kyler Murray threw for 383 yards and James Conner did a bit of everything, scoring two rushing touchdowns while also hauling in nine catches for 94 yards.
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The win puts the Rams (9-4) a game behind the Cardinals in the NFC West with a matchup against division cellar-dweller Seattle on tap for next week. The Cardinals (10-3) are now tied for the best record in the NFC. They will travel to Detroit next weekend to try to get back in the win column.
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Rams vs. Cardinals score
Rams vs. Cardinals live updates, highlights from Monday Night Football
FINAL: Los Angeles 30, Arizona 23
11:16 p.m.: The game ends on a sack and Arizona’s late-life attempt falls short.
11:15 p.m.: A nice 15 yard gain on the ground by Murray is wiped out on an offensive holding penalty and then a false start. Now first-and-25 from their own 33 with 26 seconds left in the game.
11:13 p.m.: The Cardinals recover the onside kick and take back over at their own 48. 34 seconds left.
11:11 p.m.: FIELD GOAL CARDINALS. With 37 seconds left, Prater hits the field goal to make it a one-score game. Los Angeles 30, Arizona 23 as the Cardinals attempt the onside kick to try and remain in the ballgame.
11:09 p.m.: The Rams call a timeout with 1:13 left. Second-and-8 on the LA 26 for the Cardinals.
11:05 p.m.: On fourth-and-9, Arizona gains 47 yards as Murray hits Kirk in stride way downfield. Well across midfield now and the Rams call a timeout with 1:30 left.
11:02 p.m.: The two minute warning arrives with the Cardinals facing fourth-and-9 from their own 12.
11:00 p.m.: With 2:44 left, Arizona takes back over following a punt by LA. The Cardinals have no timeouts left and will take over at their 13.
10:51 p.m.: On third-and-1, Murray was almost picked off for the third time. Instead it falls incomplete. Kingsbury keeps the offense on the field on the Rams’ 37. Second turnover on downs tonight for the Cardinals. Rams start at their own 37.
10:47 p.m.: FIELD GOAL RAMS. It’s now a two-score game as Matt Gay nails his third field goal of the game. Los Angeles 30, Arizona 20 with 7:20 left in the game.
10:46 p.m.: The Rams get all the way to the 7 but on third down, Stafford is sacked. Field goal unit is coming out.
10:44 p.m.: Following a series of offensive penalties against the Rams, they convert on third-and-8 with Kupp hauling it in for 12 yards down to the 10.
10:39 p.m.: It’s first-and-20 for the Rams now from their own 32 but Stafford throws a perfect ball to Cooper Kupp down the sideline for 44 yards. The Rams are now all the way at the Cardinals’ 24.
10:35 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CARDINALS. James Conner’s impressive night continues as he finds the end zone for the second time. Los Angeles 27, Arizona 20 with 13:38 left in the game.
10:33 p.m.: Murray with back-to-back big plays. Hits Hopkins for 15 yards and then Green for 36. Quickly first-and-10 from the LA 8 early in the fourth quarter.
End third quarter: Los Angeles 27, Arizona 13
10:30 p.m.: The third quarter comes to a close with the Cardinals staring at first-and-20 following a holding call. Wipes out the big gain the Cards will start back at the 49.
10:28 p.m.: The pocket collapses but Murray gets outside and on his way out of bounds, chucks it up to AJ Green for 23 as the Cardina;s are at the Rams’ 49.
10:27 p.m.: After a gain of 1 on first down, Murray’s 30-plus yard pass attempt to Rondale Moore is incomplete by a matter of inches as Moore was ruled out of bounds. 1:12 left for the Cardinals looking at third-and-9.
10:22 p.m.: On third down, Arizona sends pressure and gets its first sack of the night. Rams punt it away for first time since the first quarter. 1:45 left in the third.
10:20 p.m.: Stafford hits Blanton for 23 yards to the LA 37 to give the Rams some more breathing room after the turnover on downs.
10:17 p.m.: The Cardinals’ gamble doesn’t pay off as the ball bobbles off the hands of Hopkins and Kirk can’t come up with it. Rams take over at their own 14.
10:16 p.m.: On fourth-and-2 from the LA 14, Kliff Kingsbury keeps the offense on the field to try and get points. The Cardinals call their first timeout with 4:44 left in the quarter.
10:13 p.m.: James Conner’s big night continues as he takes it for 7 yards and the Murray runs it for 17 to the LA 22.
10:05 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAMS. Stafford hits Kupp from 4 yards out as Stafford shows amazing accuracy and throws it right through the defenders hands. Rams extend their lead with 9:45 left in the third. Los Angeles 27, Arizona 13.
10:00 p.m.: INTERCEPTION RAMS. Leonard Floyd gets major air and tips Kyler Murray’s pass before coming down with it. He returns it 11 yards to the Arizona 19 and that’s where the Rams will take over.
9:55 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAMS. Stafford loads up and finds Van Jefferson in stride downfield as he hauls it in for a 52-yard score. Los Angeles 20, Arizona 13 with 13:36 left in the quarter. That drive was 75 yards but took just three plays and 1:24 off the clock.
9:54 p.m.: The Cardinals get hit for an unnecessary roughness call which moves the Rams up 15 yards.
9:53 p.m.: On second-and-8, the Rams take a timeout just 14 seconds in to the quarter.
9:51 pm.: The Rams will start the second half with the ball at their own 25 and Stafford hands it to Sony Michel for a gain of 2.
Halftime: Arizona 13, Los Angeles 13
9:37 p.m.: FIELD GOAL CARDINALS. Murray scrambles on third-and-7 for 16 yards. That put the Cards at the Rams’ 35 and in field goal range. Prater splits the uprights as time expires. Arizona 13, Los Angeles 13 at halftime.
9:32 p.m.: Murray hits AJ Green for 9 yards to give him 10,000 in his career and up to 50th on the all-time leaderboard. Murray then takes it himself for 12.
9:29 p.m.: FIELD GOAL RAMS. The Rams take the lead with 35 seconds left in the first half and they’ll get the ball to start the third quarter. Los Angeles 13, Arizona 10 with 35 seconds left and two timeouts remaining for the Cardinals.
9:26 p.m.: The Rams come out firing after the two-minute warning. Stafford hits OBJ for 39 yards on third-and-6. Rams now have first-and-10 all the way up at the Cardinals’ 24.
9:22 p.m.: The Rams take over at their 30 following the kickoff after the touchdown.
9:19 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CARDINALS. Arizona ties this back up as Conner finds his way into the end zone from the 1 on fourth-and-goal. Arizona 10, Los Angeles 10 with 3:18 left in the half.
9:14 p.m.: After a low snap, Murray recovers, drops back and hits Christian Kirk for 41 yards to the LA 22 as Kirk makes an impressive catch in coverage.
9:13 p.m.: James Conner has been bouncing around the field all night as he continues to be the team’s leading rusher and and receiver so far tonight.
9:08 p.m.: FIELD GOAL LOS ANGELES. The Rams extend their lead as Matt Gay splits the uprights from 55 yards out. Los Angeles 10, Arizona 3 with 7:23 left.
9:04 p.m.: On third-and-8, Stafford uncorks one to OBJ and he hauls it in for a first down. First-and-10 now from the Arizona 41 after a gain of 17 and there’s a timeout on the field by the Rams.
9:03 pm.: Second-and-20 on their own 30 for the Rams following a penalty.
8:56 p.m.: The Cardinals will punt for the first time tonight after Murray scrambles for 8 on third-and-23 but it’s not enough for the first. Rams take back over at their 29.
8:50 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAMS. Stafford hits Odell Beckham Jr. from 2 yards out as OBJ runs an impressive route. His third straight game with a TD. Los Angeles 7, Arizona 3 with 12:53 left in the quarter
8:49 p.m.: The first play of the second quarter is a big run for the Rams. Sony Michel takes it 19 yards to the outside and the Rams are now at the Arizona 9.
End first quarter: Arizona 3, Los Angeles 0
8:43 p.m.: On third-and-6 from the Arizona 46, the Rams convert as Stafford hits Kupp for 7 and 11 yards for big gains. Now first-and-10 for the Rams from the Arizona 28 as the quarter comes to an end.
8:39 p.m.: INTERCEPTION LOS ANGELES. Murray is picked off on the goal line despite the Rams’ depleted secondary. Returned 31 yards to the LA 32.
8:36 p.m.: James Conner doing a bit of everything and makes an impressive one-handed catch out of the backfield to the LA 5 for 18 yards.
8:34 p.m.: The Cardinals are steadily marching. Across midfield now as Murray hits Hopkins again, this time for 14.
8:31 p.m.: On third-and-9, Murray ends a streak of four straight incompletions and hits DeAndre Hopkins for 10 yards and the first down. The third third down conversion tonight for Murray and the Cardinals.
8:27 p.m.: The Rams go three-and-out to start and Arizona takes back over on its 33 following the punt.
8:25 p.m.: Los Angeles’ opening drive will start at the 25.
8:22 p.m.: FIELD GOAL CARDINALS. After going three-and-out, including Murray missing a wide open Green in the end zone, the Cardinals get on the board. Arizona 3, Los Angeles 0 with 10:58 left in the first as Matt Prater nails the 53-yarder.
8:20 p.m.: AJ Green is the receiver this time on third-and-3 and it’s another easy conversion. He takes it for 17 and it’s now first-and-10 from the LA 35 for Arizona.
8:19 p.m.: The Cardinals convert on third-and-8 as Kyler Murray hits Zach Ertz for 14 yards.
8:17 p.m.: Another penalty for the Cardinals, this time it’s a false start but James Conner gains 13 on second down. Now third-and-8 from the Arizona 28.
8:16 p.m.: The first play of the game results in an offensive holding. Los Angeles declines te penalty and it’s now second-and-16 for the Cardinals from their 19.
8:15 p.m.: The Rams win the toss and defer. That means Arizona starts with the ball at its own 25 following a touchback on the opening kick.
Rams vs. Cardinals start time
- Date: Monday, Dec. 13
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET | 5:15 p.m. PT
Rams vs. Cardinals is scheduled to kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET, the standard starting time for “Monday Night Football,” in Arizona’s State Farm Stadium.
What channel is Rams vs. Cardinals on today?
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN, fuboTV
Rams vs. Cardinals will be broadcast nationally on ESPN to close out Week 14. ESPN will have its regular “Monday Night Football” broadcast team this game, with Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick in the booth and Lisa Salters on the sideline.
In Canada, viewers can watch Rams vs. Cardinals on DAZN, which streams every NFL game.
NFL live stream for ‘Monday Night Football’
Because “Monday Night Football” is aired on ESPN, it will be available to stream live on all of the network’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This will be the easiest way for viewers with cable or satellite to view the game.
Cord-cutters also have plenty of options to stream “Monday Night Football” during the 2021 NFL season.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports App||No||Yes||–||–|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$55/month||Yes|
Rams schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Bears||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|2||Sept. 19||at Colts||1 p.m.||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Buccaneers||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Cardinals||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|5||Oct. 7 (Thu.)||at Seahawks||8:20 p.m.||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|6||Oct. 17||at Giants||1 p.m.||Fox|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Lions||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|8||Oct. 31||at Texans||1 p.m.||Fox|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Titans||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|10||Nov. 15 (Mon.)||at 49ers||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 28||at Packers||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Jaguars||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|14||Dec. 13 (Mon.)||at Cardinals||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Seahawks||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|16||Dec. 26||at Vikings||1 p.m.||Fox|
|17||Jan. 2||at Ravens||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. 49ers||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
Cardinals schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Titans||1 p.m.||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Vikings||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||at Jaguars||1 p.m.||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||at Rams||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. 49ers||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|6||Oct. 17||at Browns||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Texans||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|8||Oct. 28 (Thu.)||vs. Packers||8:20 p.m.||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|9||Nov. 7||at 49ers||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Panthers||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|11||Nov. 21||at Seahawks||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||at Bears||1 p.m.||Fox|
|14||Dec. 13 (Mon.)||vs. Rams||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|15||Dec. 19||at Lions||1 p.m.||Fox|
|16||Dec. 25 (Sat.)||vs. Colts||8:15 p.m.||NFL Network|
|17||Jan. 2||at Cowboys||1 p.m.||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Seahawks||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
‘Monday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|