Running back Kyren Williams had a career-best three touchdowns, and Los Angeles Rams clinched a playoff spot Sunday, just a year removed from missing the cut after a Super Bowl victory.
But the real star of the show was Williams’ mother in the stands at MetLife Stadium.
At the start of the fourth quarter, leading the New York Giants from one point, Matthew Stafford handed the ball to Williams who ran 28 yards for his third time in the end zone.
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Williams spotted her mother, Taryn Williams, in the stands and jumped up to hand her the ball. But an overzealous Giants fan took the opportunity to try to grab the ball.
After some jostling between the two, Taryn took home the prize.
Like Williams’ mother, the Rams took control of the game and their future with a 26-25 victory.
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In addition to earning their third straight victory and sixth in seven games, the Rams clinched a playoff spot with the Seattle Seahawks‘ defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers a few hours later.
“A lot of things can happen, but I like what this team did,” head coach Sean McVay said after the game.
“This team has mental and physical strength, and sometimes you have to be able to get wins like that. There are no style points… so we’ll take it, and like I said, I can’t wait to be able to clean this up, move forward, have my eyes open and have a great week preparing for the Niners.”
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Williams, the Second best rusher in the NFL While participating in the contest, he ran for 87 yards and received praise from Stafford.
“Kyren was patient. It wasn’t like every run was eight, nine or 10 yards. Obviously, (he) had the big one. I thought he did a great job of just picking his spots, and when we went out there in the red zone, man, I just put it on for us.”
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The Rams improved to 9-7 after a disappointing 5-12 finish the year before.
“We’re never going to take for granted that we can get wins,” McVay said. “We tried a lot of things not to win this game today, but our guys found a way. Sometimes you have to be able to have these kinds of games to increase your sense of urgency. We were a little behind. We had our opportunities, but they stayed together.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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