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Goff has 465 yards, 5 TDs, propels Rams past Vikings, 38-31

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jared Goff hit Cooper Kupp in stride with a 70-yard touchdown pass that was just as gloriously wide-open as Rams coach Sean McVay had predicted when they drew it up this week.

While his teammates celebrated, Goff ran to the sideline and pointed at McVay, who accepted the challenge with a celebratory chest bump.

''I was fired up for him,'' Goff said. ''I told him after, `I didn't mean to knock you over there.'''

Although the big quarterback knocked the headset off his smaller coach's head, both men were left smiling. With that throw and several more of similar brilliance, Goff turned a phenomenal first half into the biggest game of his career.

And it was still just barely enough to beat Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings.

Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns, winning a scintillating duel with his Minnesota counterpart and leading unbeaten Los Angeles to a 38-31 victory Thursday night.

Goff hit Kupp with two of his four TD throws during a 251-yard first half in which the third-year quarterback flawlessly executed the offense created by McVay. Goff finished 26 of 33 with a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the Rams (4-0), who won their third home game in 12 days.

''It was just great command by him,'' McVay said. ''I think he's having fun. No moment is too big for him, and it gives you confidence when you see him playing like this.''

But McVay then had to watch apprehensively while his former prize pupil nearly executed a comeback for the Vikings (1-2-1). McVay was Cousins' offensive coordinator in Washington before he became Goff's head coach on the West Coast last season.

Cousins passed for 422 yards and three touchdowns, but the Vikings lost when Los Angeles rookie defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers strip-sacked Cousins near midfield with 1:18 to play.

''It's fun for us, personally,'' Goff said of his duel with Cousins. ''I don't know if it's fun for the whole team, but it's cool. Kirk is a guy we watched on film forever last year. Got a lot of respect for him and the way he plays, and I just think he's such a great quarterback. To get a chance to go against him like that and kind of duke it out, I told him after the game how much I appreciated the battle with him.''

Todd Gurley finished with 83 yards rushing and 73 yards receiving for the Rams. Gurley and Brandin Cooks had first-half TD catches, but the Vikings trimmed LA's lead to 31-28 late in the third quarter with Adam Thielen's 45-yard TD catch and a 2-point conversion.

Goff promptly surpassed his previous career highs for yards passing during a swift drive ending in Robert Woods' 31-yard TD catch, and the Rams' defense hung on while the offense went scoreless in the fourth quarter.

One week after giving up 27 points in the first half and getting blown out as 16 1/2-point favorites in Buffalo, the Vikings gave up 28 before halftime against LA.

''We did not play well defensively,'' Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. ''Offensively we moved the ball well, but we had too many missed tackles, and too many people were left wide open. I've not ever had a team that's been this poor in pass coverage. We are going to have to look at everything.''

A healthy throng of purple-clad fans turned out for the Vikings' first game in Los Angeles since 1993. They saw a show from Cousins, who hit Aldrick Robinson for two first-half scores.

Goff found Kupp with two beautiful TD throws in the first half, the first hitting Kupp in stride on that 70-yard sprint , and the second eluding two Vikings and dropping into Kupp's hands deep in the end zone.

''Jared put it in about a 6-inch box that only he could fit it into,'' McVay said.

Less than 2 1/2 minutes later, Goff hit Cooks down the middle for a 47-yard score. Goff's four TD passes were the most in a first half by a Rams quarterback since Kurt Warner did it in 1999.

GRIFFEN OUT

Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen posted a message on Instagram expressing his gratitude for support from his team and family. Griffen has been away from the Vikings while undergoing a mental health evaluation, and he didn't get to return to the Coliseum, where he starred for USC. Griffen said he doesn't know exactly when he'll be back in uniform, but he plans to ''return as a much-improved person and player.''

INJURY REPORT

Vikings: RB Dalvin Cook had 20 yards on 10 carries after missing last week's game with a hamstring injury. ... Goff's third and fourth TD throws beat CB Trae Waynes, who missed the second half with a concussion.

Rams: TE Tyler Higbee injured his knee early on. He returned later in the first half. ... CB Marcus Peters played after injuring his calf last week.

UP NEXT

Vikings: At the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Rams: At the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 7.

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Key Players
K. Cousins 8 QB
422 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, 28 RuYds
36
FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
465 PaYds, 5 PaTDs, 7 RuYds
48
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:50
D.Bailey 40 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
9
plays
58
yds
4:35
pos
31
38
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:09
S.Ficken extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
28
38
Touchdown 1:09
J.Goff pass deep middle to R.Woods for 31 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
75
yds
2:26
pos
28
37
Two Point Conversion 3:35
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. K.Cousins pass to L.Murray is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
28
31
Touchdown 3:35
K.Cousins pass deep middle to A.Thielen for 45 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
75
yds
1:46
pos
26
31
Field Goal 5:26
S.Ficken 34 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
6
plays
68
yds
3:01
pos
20
31
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:06
D.Bailey 39 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
9
plays
49
yds
1:24
pos
20
28
Point After TD 1:26
S.Ficken extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
17
28
Touchdown 1:33
J.Goff pass deep middle to B.Cooks for 47 yards TOUCHDOWN
2
plays
73
yds
00:15
pos
17
27
Point After TD 3:47
S.Ficken extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 3:47
J.Goff pass deep right to C.Kupp for 19 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
71
yds
1:50
pos
17
20
Point After TD 8:04
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-D.Morgan Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
17
14
Touchdown 8:13
K.Cousins pass deep right to A.Robinson for 17 yards TOUCHDOWN. Penalty on LA-S.Shields Defensive Pass Interference declined
3
plays
75
yds
1:24
pos
16
14
Point After TD 9:28
S.Ficken extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker
plays
yds
pos
10
14
Touchdown 9:40
J.Goff pass deep right to C.Kupp for 70 yards TOUCHDOWN
2
plays
75
yds
00:37
pos
10
13
Field Goal 10:10
D.Bailey 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile. Ball deflected off the Left Upright
12
plays
56
yds
6:50
pos
10
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:55
S.Ficken extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 2:01
J.Goff pass short left to T.Gurley for 8 yards TOUCHDOWN
12
plays
75
yds
6:00
pos
7
6
Point After TD 7:55
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 8:01
K.Cousins pass deep right to A.Robinson for 16 yards TOUCHDOWN [J.Franklin]. Penalty on LA-N.Suh Defensive Holding declined
13
plays
75
yds
7:05
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 32:14 27:46
1st Downs 25 25
Rushing 3 4
Passing 22 19
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 8-16 1-6
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-1
Total Net Yards 446 556
Total Plays 71 55
Avg Gain 6.3 10.1
Net Yards Rushing 54 100
Rush Attempts 17 20
Avg Rush Yards 3.2 5.0
Net Yards Passing 392 456
Comp. - Att. 36-50 26-34
Yards Per Pass 7.8 13.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-30 1-9
Penalties - Yards 4-35 2-15
Touchdowns 3 5
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 3 5
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-38.8 2-35.5
Return Yards 0 57
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-4
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-53
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/5 6/7
Extra Points 2/2 5/5
Field Goals 3/3 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 2-4 -50% 2-4 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 0-1 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Vikings 1-2-1 7138331
Rams 4-0 72110038
392 PASS YDS 456
54 RUSH YDS 100
446 TOTAL YDS 556
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
36
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72% 422 3 0 117.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.3% 1387 10 2 103.6
K. Cousins 36/50 422 3 0 36
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
36
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 61 0
K. Cousins 4 28 0 19 36
D. Cook 33 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 98 0
D. Cook 10 20 0 9 2
R. Thomas 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
R. Thomas 1 4 0 4 0
L. Murray 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 64 0
L. Murray 2 2 0 2 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Thielen 19 WR
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 8 135 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 40 473 2
A. Thielen 12 8 135 1 45 19
S. Diggs 14 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
15 11 123 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 311 3
S. Diggs 15 11 123 0 34 12
K. Rudolph 82 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 57 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 188 2
K. Rudolph 6 5 57 0 24 5
L. Treadwell 11 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 121 1
L. Treadwell 7 4 47 0 19 4
A. Robinson 17 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 33 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 42 2
A. Robinson 2 2 33 2 17 15
L. Murray 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 46 0
L. Murray 2 2 16 0 9 3
C. Ham 30 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 54 0
C. Ham 2 2 7 0 6 0
D. Morgan 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 31 0
D. Morgan 1 1 3 0 3 0
M. Boone 44 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 1 0
M. Boone 1 1 1 0 1 0
R. Thomas 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
R. Thomas 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Hughes 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 1 0.0
M. Hughes 8-0 0.0 0 1
E. Kendricks 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-10 0 0.0
E. Kendricks 5-2 0.0 0 0
A. Sendejo 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-5 0 0.0
A. Sendejo 4-2 0.0 0 0
S. Richardson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-7 0 1.0
S. Richardson 4-2 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 0 4.0
D. Hunter 3-3 1.0 0 0
A. Barr 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-8 0 0.0
A. Barr 2-2 0.0 0 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
T. Waynes 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Kearse 27 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Kearse 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 1.0
M. Alexander 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Remmers 74 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Remmers 1-0 0.0 0 0
H. Hill 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
H. Hill 1-1 0.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-0 1 0.0
X. Rhodes 1-0 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 1 2.0
H. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-7 0 0.0
L. Joseph 0-3 0.0 0 0
R. Thomas 32 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Thomas 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/3 2/2
D. Bailey 3/3 40 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 39.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 44.8 8
M. Wile 4 39.8 1 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
48
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
78.8% 465 5 0 158.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.4% 1406 11 2 127.3
J. Goff 26/33 465 5 0 48
J. Hekker 6 P
0
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
J. Hekker 0/1 0 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 83 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 338 4
T. Gurley 17 83 0 10 21
B. Cooks 12 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
B. Cooks 1 10 0 10 18
J. Goff 16 QB
48
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 22 0
J. Goff 2 7 0 8 48
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Kupp 18 WR
28
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 9 162 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 348 4
C. Kupp 11 9 162 2 70 28
B. Cooks 12 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 116 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 26 452 1
B. Cooks 8 7 116 1 47 18
R. Woods 17 WR
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 101 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 323 3
R. Woods 5 5 101 1 36 16
T. Gurley 30 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 73 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 194 2
T. Gurley 6 4 73 1 56 21
G. Everett 81 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 33 0
G. Everett 1 1 13 0 13 1
T. Higbee 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 38 1
T. Higbee 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Reynolds 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
J. Reynolds 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Wilson 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-7 0 0.0
R. Wilson 7-0 0.0 0 0
M. Peters 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 1 0.0
M. Peters 6-0 0.0 0 0
J. Johnson 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-10 1 0.0
J. Johnson 6-5 0.0 0 0
L. Joyner 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 0 0.0
L. Joyner 5-1 0.0 0 0
C. Littleton 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-11 1 0.0
C. Littleton 5-4 0.0 0 0
M. Christian 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-2 0 0.0
M. Christian 5-1 0.0 0 0
A. Donald 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 2.0
A. Donald 3-2 2.0 0 0
N. Robey-Coleman 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 3-0 0.0 0 0
S. Shields 37 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.0
S. Shields 3-1 0.0 0 0
N. Suh 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 2.0
N. Suh 2-0 1.0 0 0
S. Ebukam 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
S. Ebukam 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 1.0
M. Brockers 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. Franklin-Myers 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
J. Franklin-Myers 1-0 1.0 0 1
M. Longacre 96 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
M. Longacre 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Ficken 5 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 5/5
SEASON FG XP
1/3 10/10
S. Ficken 1/2 34 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 35.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 48.4 3
J. Hekker 2 35.5 0 39
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Countess 24 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 26.5 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 26.0 27 0
B. Countess 2 26.5 27 0
R. Woods 17 WR
16
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
R. Woods 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Kupp 18 WR
28
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
C. Kupp 1 4.0 4 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 25 7:05 13 75 TD
1:55 MIN 25 6:50 12 56 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:28 MIN 25 1:24 3 75 TD
6:57 MIN 29 1:20 3 4 Punt
3:47 MIN 25 2:06 6 5 Punt
1:26 MIN 25 1:24 9 49 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:54 MIN 36 2:32 6 18 Punt
5:21 MIN 25 1:46 5 75 TD
1:09 MIN 25 2:10 4 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:21 MIN 20 4:35 9 58 FG
2:20 MIN 34 1:02 4 10 Fumble
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:55 LAR 25 6:00 12 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:05 LAR 25 0:37 2 75 TD
8:04 LAR 25 1:07 3 7 Punt
5:37 LAR 29 1:50 4 71 TD
1:41 LAR 27 0:15 2 73 TD
1:17 MIN 36 0:07 1 34
1:17 MIN 36 4:06 7 39 Downs
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:22 LAR 16 3:01 6 68 FG
3:35 LAR 25 2:26 5 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:59 LAR 15 5:38 11 75 FG Miss
3:46 LAR 25 1:26 3 9 Punt
1:18 MIN 44 1:18 2 9 Game