Jalen Ramsey said quarterback Matthew Stafford did "amazing" in his first game for the Los Angeles Rams. Stafford, who changed teams for the first time in his career this offseason, went 20-of-26 for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-14 win over the Chicago Bears.
"He did amazing," Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey said after the game. "His command, his swag, like everything was great. That's like a debut that probably should go down in history just the way he played."
After more than a decade spent with the Detroit Lions, Stafford is happy to be a Ram. "A lot of anticipation for this game," Stafford said during a postgame news conference in which he appropriately donned a sweater with a big smiley face on it.
"It's a new experience for me, new place, new stadium, new fans, the whole deal, but this team has embraced me and I really appreciate that." Stafford made a number of big plays and Rams head coach Sean McVay gave the quarterback recognition for that.
"He had confidence in his teammates, he expected to play well and he did a great job," said McVay, who is 5-0 in season openers since he became the Rams' coach in 2017. "I loved everything that he did tonight."
Stafford surprised teammates with his celebration
In the opening drive of the match, Stafford threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson. Stafford then started high-stepping on the field and Ramsey and teammates erupted on the sidelines.
"I was feeling good," Stafford said about his touchdown celebration. "That's a pretty good start. ... I was just jacked up and having fun out there." Coach McVay was impressed with Stafford's 67-yard pass.
"It was great job by [Stafford] being able to flip his hips and make an unbelievable throw," McVay said. "I think that's kind of one of those things -- he's gifted, he's got a great ability to be able to change his arm slot and make all types of throws, whether it be short, intermediate or down the field, but he's -- you're not limited in anything you can do with him in the pass game."
McVay's player did exactly what he wanted them to do. "It was exactly what we wanted and it was from a bunch of different guys," McVay said about the explosive plays generated from Stafford, Jefferson, Kupp, Woods and tight end Tyler Higbee, who caught a 37-yard pass.