During Monday night’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, fans took notice of an absolutely brutal hit that Bengals safety Dax Hill laid on Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Stafford has been in the NFL for quite some time, as the 2023 season marks his 15th in the league. However, you would be hard-pressed to find film of him getting hit quite as hard as Hill did on Monday night.
The play took place towards the end of the first half, with the Rams were looking to get some additional points on the board before halftime.
That plan quickly changed when the Bengals sent a blitz towards Stafford on second down. Hill came through unblocked and completely blindsided Stafford for the big sack.
Matthew Stafford takes a VICIOUS hit from Bengals safety Dax Hill for the sack.😬🔥pic.twitter.com/Af7ca7KRQk
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) September 26, 2023
This hit from Hill forced a third down and long for the Rams, which they would not convert, forcing a punt back to the Bengals. The Bengals would then go on to march down the field and convert their own field goal chance at the end of the half to go into halftime tied.
It ended up being a big play that shifted the momentum of this game going into halftime. And fans offered their opinion on the massive hit on social media.
Dax Hill just dropped a hammer on Matthew Stafford. pic.twitter.com/NyQ510hOwA
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 26, 2023
SHEESH DAX HILL pic.twitter.com/nBCq2mwqga
— Footballism (@FootbaIIism) September 26, 2023
Dax Hill comes flying in and CRUSHES Matthew Stafford for the big sack 😳pic.twitter.com/IUyCWRgtyb
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) September 26, 2023
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) September 26, 2023
That’s a play Dax Hill! Been popping on film all night.
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) September 26, 2023
Hill is in just his second NFL season, but came to the Bengals last season with some high expectations. The Bengals notably selected Hill in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
If Hill can continue to lay these kinds of hits on quarterbacks, he will quickly become a household name across the NFL.