“He’s a freak.” Inside Odell Beckham Jr.’s trick pass, other big plays from Rams’ win

Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a touchdown pass in front of Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood Monday. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

The Rams manhandled the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC wild-card game Monday night, their 34-11 victory before 70,625 in SoFi Stadium earning them a berth in the divisional round against the defending Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a $500,000 bonus for star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham’s contract contains $3 million in postseason incentives tied to victories, and he earned the first of what he hopes is several sizeable installments with a stellar performance in which he caught four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown and set up another score with a 40-yard pass.

A look at Beckham’s big game and four other takeaways from the win:

Catch and throw

Beckham, who signed with the Rams in November after being waived by the Cleveland Browns, did what he is paid to do and what earned him three Pro-Bowl selections in eight years, when he caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford for a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.

On a third-and-goal play, Stafford rifled a pass that could only be caught by Beckham, who outjumped cornerback Marco Wilson in the back left corner of the end zone for his sixth touchdown catch in nine games with the Rams.

Beckham helped set up the Rams’ second touchdown when he broke free down the left side and caught a 31-yard pass from Stafford that gave the Rams a first down at the Arizona 2-yard line. Stafford scored on a one-yard sneak for a 14-0 lead with 11:58 left in the second quarter.

Beckham provided an added bonus early in the third quarter when he caught a back-pass from Stafford on the left side and threw a cross-field bomb toward the right sideline that Cam Akers caught for a 40-yard gain, setting up Stafford’s seven-yard scoring pass to Cooper Kupp that made it 28-0.

“That’s a play we practiced this week,” Stafford said of the…

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