Rams head coach Sean McVay pulled out a special-teams trick to help his ailing offense on Sunday, calling a fake punt on Los Angeles' third drive of the afternoon.
McVay called on punter Johnny Hekker to execute a fake punt pass to cornerback Sam Shields. The pass was complete for 12 yards, keeping the Rams' drive alive in the NFC Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Watch Hekker's completion below:
The bold play-call boosted the Rams' offense. Los Angeles drove into field-goal range after the conversion and earned its first points of the afternoon on a 36-yard field goal from kicker Greg Zurlein. New Orleans held a 13-3 lead after Zurlein's kick.
Hekker ranked No. 7 in the NFL in punting average this season. He's completed 12 of 20 pass attempts in his career.