The Los Angeles Rams picked up their most impressive victory of the 2021 season when they beat their NFC West rivals the Arizona Cardinals 30-23 in Week 14.
The Rams came into the game shorthanded as they were without several starters and learned a few hours before kickoff they would be without Tyler Higbee and Jalen Ramsey who were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. However, Los Angeles stepped up on both sides of the football and earned a victory that could have major playoff implications down the stretch.
Head coach Sean McVay has had to adapt without Robert Woods who is out for the year, but in his stead second-year receiver Van Jefferson has stepped in admirably. Jefferson has become a staple in the offense and fans were treated to him being mic’d up against the Cardinals, via the Rams’ YouTube:
Jefferson got to join in on the fun in the end zone after Odell Beckham Jr. scored his third touchdown with the Rams, but the sophomore had his own highlight of the night after Matthew Stafford found him streaking down the middle of the field for a 52-yard bomb touchdown. Jefferson received plenty of praise from the coaching staff and his teammates on the sideline, deservedly so considering how the play shifted all the momentum to the Rams.
The wideout would make a couple more plays in the second half, gaining good yardage on a designed catch-and-run and later taking a jet sweep to help put Los Angeles into scoring position.
At the end of the game, Jefferson looked for his father Shawn Jefferson who is a former NFL receiver himself and the current wide receivers coach for the Cardinals. The young Rams receiver gave the game ball to the elder Jefferson and the two shared an embrace on the field, a touching moment between father and son.