Greg Zuerlein kicked a 34-yard field goal with two minutes, five seconds to play helping the Los Angeles Rams to a 29-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers Sunday, improving their record to 8-0.
Jared Goff threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns and Todd Gurley II added to his league-leading rushing total with 114 yards on 25 carries as the Rams improved to 8-0 for the second time in team history.
The Rams began the 1969 season 11-0, then lost their final three regular-season games and first-round playoff game.
Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 30 passes for 286 yards and one touchdown for Green Bay (3-3-1) whose five-game winning streak over the Rams ended.
Ty Montgomery fumbled the kickoff following Zuerlein’s late field goal, Ramik Wilson, who forced the fumble, also made the recovery at the Packers 21-yard line for the game’s only turnover.
Three plays later Gurley slowed down as he ran inside Green Bay’s 10-yard line in the game’s final minute and was tackled at the 4-yard line.
The Packers took a 27-26 lead with 8:50 remaining on Rodgers’ 40-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling in front of a crowd announced at 75,822 for Green Bay’s first appearance at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since Nov. 11, 1990 when they defeated the Los Angeles Raiders, 29-16.
The Rams outgained the Packers, 416 yards to 359, led 23-16 in first downs and 34:10-25:50 in time of possession.
The Rams made first downs on eight of 18 third-down plays, 44.4 percent.
The Rams were successful on the game’s only fourth-down conversion attempt, which came in the second quarter on a 12-yard pass from punter Johnny Hekker to former Green Bay defensive back Sam Shields. The drive ended four plays later with a punt.
The Packers were two of nine on third down, 22.2 percent.
Gurley caught a game-high six passes for 81 yards, a 30-yard pass from Goff with 7:19 left in the third quarter, that combined with Gurley’s two-point conversion on a pass from Goff gave the Rams a 16-13 lead.
Gurley has scored touchdowns in 11 consecutive regular-season games, tying the Rams record set in the 1950 and 1951 seasons by the late Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Elroy Hirsch.
The Rams drove 66 yards on eight plays on their next possession which ended with Goff’s 19-yard pass to Josh Reynolds, his second touchdown catch of the game and third of his 24-game NFL career.
Aaron Jones ran 33 yards for a touchdown on Green Bay’s ensuing possession, cutting the lead to 23-20 with 13 seconds left in the third quarter.
Zuerlein kicked a 43-yard field goal when the Rams got the ball back, increasing their lead to 26-20 with 11:39 remaining.
The Rams trailed 10-8 at halftime, allowing the first 10 points, then scoring the last eight.
Jamaal Williams ran one yard for a touchdown with 6:01 left in the first quarter, two plays after Rodgers 22-yard pass to Jimmy Graham advanced the ball to the Rams 1-yard line. Rodgers completed a 22-yard pass to Davante Adams the play before the 22-yard pass to Graham.
Green Bay increased its lead to 10-0 on Mason Crosby’s 41-yard field goal on the second play of the second quarter.
The Rams first points came on a safety. Shields downed Hekker’s 52-yard punt on the Rams 1-yard line. Aaron Jones was tackled in the end zone on the next play for a safety by Rams linebacker Mark Barron.
The Rams drove 72 yards on eight plays in 2:26 following punter J.K. Scott’s free kick, with Goff throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Reynolds with 21 seconds left in the first half. Gurley was tackled short of the goal line on the two-point conversion attempt.
Crosby kicked a 53-yard field goal on the Packers first possession of the second half.
The two field goals gave Zuerlein 159 in his seven seasons with the Rams, moving into second place on the franchise’s all-time list, passing Mike Lansford, who made 158 from 1982-90. The franchise record-holder is Jeff Wilkins, who made 265 from 1997-2007.
The loss dropped Green Bay to 9-22-1 at the Coliseum, including a 7-2-1 record under the late Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, including a 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in what was then known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, known retroactively as Super Bowl I.
The Coliseum and Green Bay’s Lambeau Field are the only stadiums still in use by NFL teams where Lombardi coached.
The Rams lead the regular-season series 46-45-2. The teams split their two playoff games.
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