Higbee, Woods step up for Rams for second straight week

LOS ANGELES – Prominently displayed on the top shelf of his locker was a commemorative football declaring Rams WR Robert Woods the Sunday Night Football player of the game.

Truthfully, it could've also been in tight end Tyler Higbee's locker as well.

The duo built on their impressive Week 13 performances, each eclipsing 100 scrimmage yards for the second straight game in Los Angeles' 28-12 win over the Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum.

Woods caught his first touchdown pass of the season while finishing with six catches for 98 yards, plus two carries for 29 yards after for 13 receptions and 172 yards against the Cardinals. The former USC standout got going early with a 19-yard catch on the opening possession, a drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by running back Malcolm Brown.

"I think just to be able to get some momentum, to really score on your first-two opening drives, really, we scored on three of our first four," Rams head coach Sean McVay said. "We had the one three-and-out on the third series, but I thought that (catch by Woods) was big."

Those two carries, along with a 20-yard reception, helped spark a 95-yard scoring drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter that gave the Rams a 28-9 lead.

"I think every drive was big this game. It was a possession-type game – taking everything all four quarters," Woods said. "That drive, the 95-yarder driving down the whole field – finish (it) up with a touchdown, took the clock, put some points up, and looking like a real crisp offense."

Higbee had a 32-yard catch on the same drive, on his way to more than 100 receiving yards for the second consecutive week. According to NFL Research, he is the first Rams tight end to have 100 or more receiving yards in consecutive games in the Super Bowl era.

He had 116 against the Seahawks to break the previous career high of 107 he set against the Cardinals. His seven receptions tied with Woods for the team lead Sunday and also matched the career high he set against the Cardinals.

"Just doing what I can, trying to get open for 16," said Higbee, referring to the uniform number of Rams quarterback Jared Goff. "He throws great balls, and he fits them into tight windows. I'm just trying to make a play whenever it comes to me."

Indeed, the ball has come to him a lot, but it's a product of being on the field more as well as the situations the Rams' offense is in, according to Goff.

"We've been in a lot more heavy sets, so he's been playing a lot more. That's part of it," Goff said. "I think just a lot of it is just by circumstance. Just where he's been, he's been playing well. He looks great, he looks fast, he looks healthy. He's just been on the field a lot more. It's been great."

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