The Lions completed several rounds, performing special team games that gave them additional opportunities.
They were in a position to take a late lead with the ball over the Los Angeles 12-yard line with 4:53 to go.
But then the revenue issue once again surfaced for Jared Goff.
On the second and 10, Goff was pushed to the center by his former teammate Aaron Donald, which led to a stray pass for tight end TJ Hockenson. Defensive back Jalen Ramsey cut the road and recovered the ball, ending Detroit’s best chance of a comeback.
The Rams took off most of the time with a four-minute commute and Matt Gay sent in a field goal with 1:03 to go, giving Los Angeles a 28-19 victory.
In this meeting between two teams who traded their quarters in the offseason, the Rams came out clearly the winners. But the Lions didn’t make it easy. In the first half, they released a surprise kick after a 63-yard touchdown. Then they made their first of two false punters that day to keep the drive alive, advancing 10-0.
But the Rams scored touchdowns in their second and third practices, taking a 17-16 halftime lead.
Los Angeles lost 19-17 at the end of the third quarter on a 31-yard field goal from Austin Seibert. But Matthew Stafford connected with receiver Cooper Kupp for a 5-yard touchdown to regain the advantage. Robert Woods took a pop pass on a sweeping throw for a two-point conversion.
Matthew Stafford completed 28 of 41 passes for 334 yards with three touchdowns against his former team. And wide receiver Cooper Kupp continued his brilliant 2021 season, capturing 10 passes for 156 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Robert Woods added six receptions for 70 yards and Van Jefferson had four cates for 43 yards with one touchdown.
Goff performed well in spurts, but the interception of the red zone ruined the day. He finished 22 of 36 for 268 yards with one touchdown and two picks. His latest pass went from D’Andre Swift to former teammate Nick Scott for a diving interception.
Swift also had a strong day, setting a career-high 96 receiving yards. He took a 63-yard screen for a touchdown on the Lions’ opener.
Now at 6-1, the Rams travel to Houston to face the Texans 1-6 in Week 8.
Still winless at 0-7, the Lions will seek their first win over the Eagles next week.