Twitter stunned as Mayfield leads comeback win 2 days after joining Rams originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Three days later, he led an improbable comeback victory in primetime.
After being claimed off waivers by Los Angeles on Tuesday, Mayfield didn't start versus Las Vegas. John Wolford, who's dealing with a neck injury, played the opening offensive series without attempting a pass before being pulled for Mayfield.
The former No. 1 overall pick led a field goal drive on his first series, but the Rams then went the next five possessions without scoring. After Las Vegas extended its lead to 16-3 on a field goal with 12:20 remaining in regulation, Mayfield and Co. began to work their late-game magic.
The Rams ripped off a 17-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard Cam Akers rushing touchdown to make it a 16-10 game with 3:19 left. Since so much time had been burned on the TD drive, the Rams needed to get the ball back quickly and they did just that by forcing a three-and-out.
Raiders punter AJ Cole pinned Los Angeles at its own 2-yard line with 1:45 left and no timeouts, but that proved to be no problem for the defending Super Bowl champs.
The Rams marched 75 yards down the field in just six plays. Following a spike at the 23-yard line with 16 seconds left, Mayfield floated a perfect pass to wide receiver Van Jefferson in the end zone for the game-winning score.
A 98-yard game-winning drive inside the final two minutes from a quarterback who joined the team just over 48 hours ago. Unbelievable.
The thrilling finish sparked many different reactions on Twitter. There were big-name athletes like Darius Slay, J.J. Watt and James Harden shouting out Mayfield, people ripping the Raiders for their collapse, and others in utter disbelief over what they just witnessed.
As some tweets alluded to, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off an eerily similar late-game comeback earlier this week. The Bucs were trailing the New Orleans Saints 16-3 on Monday Night Football before scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes, with the game-winner coming in the final seconds, to win 17-16.
Mayfield finished Thursday night 22 of 35 for 230 yards and one touchdown to help Los Angeles snap a six-game losing streak. Assuming he now has the starting role with Matthew Stafford sidelined, Mayfield's first Rams start will come in Green Bay against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Monday Night Football.