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Seven Stats: Goff Reaches Career High as Rams Beat 49ers, Finish Undefeated in the NFC West 

The Rams beat the 49ers 48-32 on Sunday, clinching a first-round playoff bye as the No. 2 seed in the NFC and completing a sweep of the NFC West in 2018.

The Rams had two takeaways and scored two touchdowns in the game's first five minutes and never looked back against the 49ers. Running back C.J. Anderson found the end zone and went over 100 yards in his second game as a Ram and quarterback Jared Goff threw four touchdowns to go along with the strong defensive effort.

Los Angeles is on to the playoffs.

Here are seven stats that stood out in Week 17 against the 49ers:



Defensive tackle Aaron Donald entered Sunday's game needing 3.5 sacks to pass former defensive end Michael Strahan's single-season NFL record 22.5 sacks recorded in the 2001 season.

Donald finished Week 17 against quarterback Nick Mullens and the Niners short of the elusive record with 1.0 sacks, four tackles, three quarterback hits, and one tackle for loss.

Donald entered Sunday's game needing just 2.5 sack yards to have the most sack yards by a defensive player in NFL history, and took that top spot with his first-quarter sack of Mullens for a loss of eight yards. Donald finishes the regular season with 183.5 sack yards in 2018.


Quarterback Jared Goff has a new single-season career high in touchdown passes.

Goff's first-quarter scoring strike to wide receiver Brandin Cooks gave the signal-caller his new career high for a single season.

The former Cal Bear added another touchdown pass before the half, becoming just the fourth quarterback in franchise history to throw 30 touchdowns in a single season. The last Rams quarterback to reach the 30 touchdown mark was Kurt Warner in 2001.

The Rams went up 45-17 late in the third quarter and head coach Sean McVay went with backup quarterback Sean Mannion for the game's final period. Goff finished his afternoon hitting on 57.6 percent of passes, for 199 yards and four touchdowns.


Wide receiver Brandin Cooks also set a new career high on Sunday.

Cooks caught five passes for 62 yards, which was good for a new career high in receiving yards.

The wideout accumulated 1,204 yards receiving in his fifth professional season and first as a Ram. His previous career-season came in 2013 as a member of the Saints. Cooks had 1,173 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in his third season in New Orleans.

Cooks has 10 receptions for 155 yards in three-career postseason appearances.


Cooks needed just five receptions entering Week 17 to join wide receiver Robert Woods and become a pair of Rams' receivers each with at least 80 receptions in the same season.

Cooks (80) and Woods (86) are the first pair of Rams receivers to both reach the 80-reception mark since wideouts Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce did it in 2004.


Running back C.J. Anderson made his home debut against the 49ers, and it turned out much like his performance last week in Arizona.

With running back Todd Gurley inactive for the second-straight game dealing with a left knee issue, Anderson once again provided substantial support running the ball for the L.A. offense.

A week after taking 20 carries for 167 yards against the Cardinals, Anderson tacked up 132 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against the Niners.


With Sunday's win, the Rams finish the regular-season campaign undefeated in the NFC West.

The Rams are 6-0 in the division for the first time since the league's realignment - becoming the 20th team to sweep their familiar foes since 2002. Los Angeles went undefeated in the division back in 1999, and have finished 5-1 twice since realignment.

Of the 19 previous teams to finish undefeated in their respective division, only four of them have been from the NFC. Three of the four NFC teams to sweep since 2002 have gone on to the Super Bowl.


The Rams finish the 2018 regular season 13-3, marking the franchise's first 13-win season since 2001, when the club went 14-2 en route to Super Bowl XXXVI.

The 2018 Rams scored the most points in a season and totalled the most yards of offense in a season since 2000. Los Angeles' 48 points on Sunday puts the NFC West champs at 527 total points in 2018 - averaging 32.9 per game. Goff and company's 379 yards of offense against the Niners defense puts the club at 6,740 total yards of offense in 2018.


Linebacker Cory Littleton had two of the Rams' four takeaways in the first half against the 49ers.

Littleton entered Sunday's game with just two career interceptions in three seasons. The linebacker picked one off Week 1 of this season against the Raiders. Littleton's second-quarter pick six was the defensive signal-caller's first career touchdown.

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