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Todd Gurley-led Rams beat Lions 30-16, clinch NFC West title

DETROIT (AP) The Los Angeles Rams returned to their lockers in the Motor City, where NFC West championship shirts and hats were waiting to be worn.

The victors, though, refuse to be spoiled by this accomplishment.

Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help the Rams overcome a sputtering start to beat the Detroit Lions 30-16 Sunday and clinch the division title for a second straight season.

''We're not satisfied yet,'' said defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who had two sacks and forced a fumble. ''But we're headed in the right direction.''

The Rams (11-1) moved a step closer to earning home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, taking a one-game lead over New Orleans after it lost to Dallas on Thursday night. It is a cushion Los Angeles needs because its only loss was against the Saints last month.

''We're in a position right now that we feel good about,'' coach Sean McVay said. ''If we take care of our business, all the rest of that stuff takes care of itself.''

The Lions (4-8) have lost five of six since a surge of success gave them a winning record in late October.

''I'm extremely tired of losing,'' center Graham Glasgow said.

Detroit's defense held Los Angeles' high-powered offense in check for three quarters, giving the slumping team a shot to potentially pull off a stunning upset. The Lions, though, failed to make the most of the opportunity because their offense struggled to move the ball and score.

Donald helped seal the win by forcing Matthew Stafford to fumble midway through the fourth quarter. The star defensive tackle had two strip-sacks in his last game on Nov. 19, a 54-51 win over Kansas City.

''He held the ball and was loose with it,'' Donald said. ''I just took advantage.''

Donald has an NFL-high 16 1/2 sacks this season, and the Rams say he should be an MVP candidate.

''He's unlike anything I've ever seen,'' quarterback Jared Goff said of the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.

Linebacker Samson Ebukam recovered Stafford's fumble at the Detroit 24 and Gurley scored on a 13-yard run three snaps later, giving the Rams a 23-13 lead.

Goff, perhaps rusty coming off a bye week, was off the mark on many passes and lost a fumble to help keep the game close. His lackluster performance led to Los Angeles settling for Greg Zuerlein kicking three field goals. Goff was 17 of 33 for 207 yards with a tiebreaking, 8-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods late in the second quarter. Goff also threw an interception on an overthrown pass in the second quarter and lost a fumble in the third quarter.

The Rams were able to lean on Gurley, who has a single-season franchise record with 15 rushing touchdowns. The star running back also caught three passes for 33 yards.

Stafford was 20 of 33 yards for 245 yards with an 11-yard touchdown pass to tackle Taylor Decker, who faked the Rams out by blocking for a moment before releasing into the flat where he was left wide open. Decker's touchdown pulled Detroit within three points late in the third quarter.

The Lions had a chance to cut its deficit to three again late in the game, but Kenny Golladay couldn't get both feet in the end zone on a pass from Stafford and they had settle for Matt Prater's third field goal.

SAVVY MOVE

Gurley converted a third down late in the game, and after breaking free, he chose not to score to run more time off the clock and force Detroit to take timeouts. It proved a good move because Gurley ran for a 2-yard score with 1:54 left and the Lions were left with no timeouts on their final drive. That ended with Troy Hill intercepting a pass in the end zone with 12 seconds left.

''I wanted to waste some time,'' Gurley said.

SUH OR BOO?

Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh played against Detroit for the first time and made six tackles.

''I got a warm welcome back,'' he said.

Detroit drafted Suh No. 2 overall eight years ago and he left for Miami as a free agent in 2015. After the Dolphins cut him earlier this year, he signed a one-year deal with the Rams.

When he played for the Lions, the fans would say his last name after he made a play. When his name was announced after his first tackle Sunday, the crowd seemed to jeer him.

''I don't believe it was a boo,'' Suh said.

STILL COOKING

Los Angeles receiver Brandin Cooks, who had four receptions for 62 yards, became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different franchises. He helped set up a field goal that gave the Rams a 13-3 halftime lead.

Cooks surpassed 1,000 last year with New England and in 2016 with New Orleans. Cooks also had a 1,000-yard season with the Saints in 2015.

INJURY REPORT

Rams: RB Malcom Brown left the game with a shoulder injury. CB Aqib Talib played for the first time since going down with an ankle injury in Week 3.

Lions: LB Devon Kennard went out with a hip injury.

UP NEXT

Rams: Play at Chicago on Sunday night.

Lions: Play at Arizona on Sunday.

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Key Players
T. Gurley 30 RB
132 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 33 ReYds, 3 RECs
28
FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
245 PaYds, PaTD, INT, 2 RuYds
11
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:54
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
30
16
Touchdown 1:54
T.Gurley right tackle for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
45
yds
1:00
pos
29
16
Field Goal 2:57
M.Prater 35 yard field goal is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
8
plays
58
yds
3:59
pos
23
16
Point After TD 6:53
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
23
13
Touchdown 6:53
T.Gurley right end for 13 yards TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
24
yds
1:20
pos
22
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:02
M.Prater extra point is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
16
13
Touchdown 3:08
T.Decker reported in as eligible. M.Stafford pass short left to T.Decker for 11 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
2:44
pos
16
12
Field Goal 3:02
G.Zuerlein 48 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
6
plays
75
yds
2:44
pos
16
6
Field Goal 8:01
M.Prater 29 yard field goal is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
9
plays
36
yds
5:25
pos
13
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:48
G.Zuerlein 47 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
6
plays
39
yds
00:50
pos
13
3
Point After TD 2:28
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 2:28
J.Goff pass short right to R.Woods for 8 yards TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
71
yds
6:09
pos
9
3
Field Goal 12:26
M.Prater 28 yard field goal is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
10
plays
65
yds
5:53
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:20
G.Zuerlein 24 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
10
plays
74
yds
4:40
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:16 31:44
1st Downs 24 23
Rushing 9 5
Passing 12 14
Penalty 3 4
3rd Down Conv 5-11 2-12
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 344 310
Total Plays 64 64
Avg Gain 5.4 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 149 102
Rush Attempts 29 26
Avg Rush Yards 5.1 3.9
Net Yards Passing 195 208
Comp. - Att. 17-33 20-34
Yards Per Pass 5.9 6.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-12 4-37
Penalties - Yards 7-105 8-54
Touchdowns 3 1
Rushing TDs 2 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 3-43.7 6-44.7
Return Yards 70 0
Punts - Returns 3-18 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-52 0-0
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 6/6 4/4
Extra Points 3/3 1/1
Field Goals 3/3 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 3-4 -75% 1-5 -20%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-1 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Rams 11-1 31031430
Lions 4-8 0310316
195 PASS YDS 208
149 RUSH YDS 102
344 TOTAL YDS 310
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.5% 207 1 1 68.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.4% 3754 27 7 109.9
J. Goff 17/33 207 1 1 10
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
28
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 132 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
233 1175 15
T. Gurley 23 132 2 36 28
R. Woods 17 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 122 0
R. Woods 2 11 0 9 13
M. Brown 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 212 0
M. Brown 2 8 0 7 0
J. Goff 16 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 86 1
J. Goff 2 -2 0 -1 10
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Woods 17 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 5 67 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 64 971 5
R. Woods 9 5 67 1 23 13
B. Cooks 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 62 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 63 1026 3
B. Cooks 6 4 62 0 26 6
T. Gurley 30 RB
28
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 474 4
T. Gurley 5 3 33 0 19 28
T. Higbee 89 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 217 2
T. Higbee 3 2 19 0 16 1
J. Reynolds 83 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 197 3
J. Reynolds 5 2 19 0 14 1
G. Everett 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 217 3
G. Everett 3 1 7 0 7 0
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
P. Cooper 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Johnson 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-28 3 0.0
J. Johnson 9-2 0.0 0 0
N. Suh 93 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-14 0 3.0
N. Suh 6-0 0.0 0 0
A. Donald 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-13 0 16.0
A. Donald 5-0 2.0 0 1
D. Fowler 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 4.0
D. Fowler 5-0 1.0 0 0
L. Joyner 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-19 1 1.0
L. Joyner 5-1 0.0 0 0
M. Barron 26 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-13 0 0.0
M. Barron 4-0 0.0 0 0
C. Littleton 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
68-27 1 4.0
C. Littleton 2-2 1.0 0 0
M. Peters 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-9 2 0.0
M. Peters 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ebukam 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-10 1 3.0
S. Ebukam 2-0 0.0 0 0
N. Robey-Coleman 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-9 0 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Christian 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-6 0 0.0
M. Christian 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-12 0 1.0
M. Brockers 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Shields 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-3 1 0.0
S. Shields 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Hill 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-5 2 0.0
T. Hill 0-0 0.0 1 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Zuerlein 4 K
12
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
19/21 23/24
G. Zuerlein 3/3 48 3/3 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 50.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 45.1 16
J. Hekker 3 50.3 1 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 26.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 22.8 28 0
P. Cooper 2 26.0 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Natson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 6.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 12.3 60 0
J. Natson 3 6.0 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.6% 245 1 1 81.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.5% 3086 18 11 90.0
M. Stafford 20/33 245 1 1 11
B. Ellington 12 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
B. Ellington 0/1 0 0 0 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Blount 29 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 61 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
113 332 5
L. Blount 16 61 0 24 6
T. Riddick 25 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 74 0
T. Riddick 8 32 0 11 5
Z. Zenner 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 28 0
Z. Zenner 1 7 0 7 0
M. Stafford 9 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 66 0
M. Stafford 1 2 0 2 11
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Toilolo 87 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 90 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 150 0
L. Toilolo 6 4 90 0 39 9
K. Golladay 19 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 3 50 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 55 854 5
K. Golladay 8 3 50 0 24 5
B. Ellington 12 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 7 35 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 207 1
B. Ellington 10 7 35 0 10 3
T. Riddick 25 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 51 338 0
T. Riddick 4 3 26 0 12 5
T. Jones 13 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 103 0
T. Jones 1 1 25 0 25 2
T. Decker 68 T
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 11 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 11 1
T. Decker 1 1 11 1 11 7
L. Willson 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 87 0
L. Willson 2 1 8 0 8 0
L. Blount 29 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 54 0
L. Blount 1 0 0 0 0 6
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Ford 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-1 0 0.0
M. Ford 6-0 0.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-10 2 0.0
Q. Diggs 5-1 0.0 1 0
C. Jones 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-15 0 1.0
C. Jones 3-3 0.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-7 0 0.0
N. Lawson 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-1 2 0.0
D. Slay 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Harrison 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-24 0 3.0
D. Harrison 3-4 1.0 0 1
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-10 0 0.0
A. Robinson 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Hand 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-5 0 3.0
D. Hand 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Davis 40 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-19 0 4.0
J. Davis 2-3 0.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-12 0 1.0
G. Quin 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Walker 47 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
T. Walker 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Harold 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 4.0
E. Harold 1-1 1.0 0 0
D. Shead 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
D. Shead 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Reeves-Maybin 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-5 0 0.0
J. Reeves-Maybin 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
10
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
23/26 23/23
M. Prater 3/3 35 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Martin 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 47.7 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 45.3 19
S. Martin 6 47.7 2 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 25 3:04 6 28 Punt
7:57 LAR 20 4:40 10 74 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:24 LAR 26 2:17 4 11 INT
8:37 LAR 29 6:09 12 71 TD
1:33 LAR 32 0:50 6 39 FG
0:10 LAR 8 0:10 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:03 LAR 26 0:42 2 21 Fumble
7:56 DET 38 2:10 4 8 FG
5:46 DET 25 5:18 10 24 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:12 LAR 16 0:24 3 0 Punt
8:13 DET 24 1:20 3 24 TD
2:54 DET 45 1:00 5 45 TD
0:12 LAR 20 0:12 1 -1 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:56 DET 4 3:59 7 29 Punt
3:17 DET 25 5:53 10 65 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:07 DET 25 1:30 3 2 Punt
2:28 DET 25 0:55 3 -7 Punt
0:43 DET 25 0:33 4 14 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 25 0:57 3 3 Punt
13:21 LAR 47 5:25 9 36 FG
7:55 DET 38 2:44 6 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:44 DET 20 2:32 4 26 Punt
9:48 DET 31 1:35 3 -7 Fumble
6:53 DET 25 3:59 8 58 FG
1:54 DET 25 1:42 7 61 INT