For the first time, I’m speechless.
If you had told me on Tuesday that Baker Mayfield would be playing one snap against the Raiders this week, I would have said that Sean McVay had officially lost his mind. If you had told me that Baker had 35 attempts, I would have said that the game must have gone horribly awry. If you had told me that the Rams would trail 16-3 in the fourth quarter, I would have said that at least Baker somehow survived, I guess.
But when the Rams cut the lead to 16-10 after finally finishing off a drive without a mistake in the red zone, why not just believe that anything is possible?
Baker Mayfield got the ball at the 2-yard line with 1:45 to go and the only point that could have mattered were touchdown points. Only 72 hours earlier, Mayfield was on waivers. 48 hours ago, he was on a plane to LA, reading the playbook. Seconds before he started the final drive on Thursday night, Baker Mayfield was just lucky to be getting another opportunity so soon.
Less than two minutes later, Baker Mayfield had the Rams in the red zone and ended their six-game losing streak. It was the longest go-ahead touchdown drive that started after the two-minute warning... in at least 45 years.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Rams’ 98-yard TD drive was the longest go-ahead TD drive that began in the final 2 minutes over the last 45 seasons.— Sarah Barshop (@sarahbarshop) December 9, 2022
Who’s to say if Baker Mayfield will be on the Rams in 2023. Who could have guessed he’d be starting for the Rams in 2022?
Clearly, anything is possible.
FINAL - Rams 17, Raiders 16— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 9, 2022
In his @RamsNFL debut, Baker Mayfield led a 98-yard game-winning TD drive that included 3 tight window completions that all traveled over 30 yards in the air.
Lowest Win Probability: 3%
Trailing by 6 at Own 2: 11%
Win Probability : pic.twitter.com/9A2pkWvmK0