The Rams are the first team to secure their ticket to the postseason by beating the Detroit Lions 30-16, earning their second consecutive division title, something they did not do since the seven consecutive games between 1973 and 1979.
The perfectly tuned offensive machinery the Rams showed two Monday against Kansas City did not appear in the Motor City, with just 13 points in the first half and two turnovers in the game, which equals their worst performance of the season.
Despite that, they managed to reach 30 points of new account thanks to the performance of their defense, which for the third time limited a rival to less than 20 points.
Aaron Donald was once again the force that changed the game. The league’s catches leader added two more at Ford Field, the second with fumble included that guided the end of the game, as the Rams took the ball into opposing terrain and Todd Gurley scored a touchdown to expand margin 23- 13 in the last quarter.
Detroit cut with a field goal, but failed to take the short kick and Gurley, after escaping and not scoring as before Green Bay, finally crossed to the diagonals pair of plays later, and with Detroit without times out and with less than two minutes to play.
Gurley finished with 132 rushing yards, 33 more for reception and two touchdowns, while Jared Goff was left with just 202 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a fumble in what was his second worst performance of the season. For Detroit, Matthew Stafford finished with 245 yards and also had two deliveries and a touchdown.