NFL: The defending champions eliminated

NFL: The defending champions eliminated

The Los Angeles Rams, defending NFL champions, will not be able to defend their crown. They were mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture by losing 24-12 to the Green Bay Packers on Monday at Lambeau Field.

The Rams (4-10) have had to deal with the loss of several key players to injury in recent weeks, including quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

If he had led his team safely last Thursday against the Las Vegas Raiders, Baker Mayfield this time experienced his share of trouble behind the visitor center. He completed just 12 of 21 throw-ins for 111 passing yards and suffered one interception.

Tyler Higbee caught his only touchdown pass in the third quarter.

The Packers (6-8) meanwhile stayed in the playoff race. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t brilliant in the win with an assist for a major and an interception, but he still had 22 of his 30 stints.

AJ Dillon was the hosts’ biggest offensive mover as he amassed two ground lane touchdowns.

After a risky start to the season, the Packers are no longer in control. Even if they triumph in their last three games, the “New York Times” assesses their chances of playing a playoff game at 68%.

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