Rams S Cody Davis shares bittersweet history with Matthew Stafford

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams might be shorthanded in their secondary against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but they have a secret weapon: Cody Davis, who once intercepted Stafford twice in the same game.

OK, it was high school, but it still counts ... right?

It does to Davis, who spent the last three years primarily on special teams but has played a lot more safety this season. Davis remembers that game vividly. It was 2005, the state semifinals between his Stephenville (Texas) Yellow Jackets and Stafford's Highland Park Scots. Davis was a sophomore, Stafford was a senior, and Davis intercepted two of Stafford's passes while he scrambled, one near the 30-yard line and another one in the end zone.

"It was just an amazing game," said Davis, whose team was led by quarterback Jevan Sneed, who later starred at Ole Miss. "We should’ve come out with the win, but we lost it at the very end. I got two interceptions and a fumble recovery, but it wasn’t enough. It was really exciting, but at the same time it was just heartbreaking."

Davis' team lost 41-38 and Stafford's team went on to win the state championship in a rout. Davis' would never get as close to a state title again, but he played spectacularly against one of the top quarterbacks in the country. And his coach immediately pulled him to the side to remind him of that.

"He just told me, 'Man, that dude's going to be in the league someday,'" Davis recalled. "Sure enough. Here we are, I guess."

Davis and Stafford don't necessarily have a relationship, though Davis has kept tabs on his career. They've never really matched up at the pro level, either. But they probably will at Ford Field on Sunday, especially now that the Rams' primary cornerback, Trumaine Johnson, will be out.

"Maybe I'll say hi to him before the game," Davis said, "see if he remembers."

Maybe Davis, who backs up T.J. McDonald and Maurice Alexander, has some weird psychological advantage.

"I guess so," he said, smiling. "I'd love to get another one, for sure. That'd be pretty awesome as my first pick in the league. But it'll be fun. It'll be fun to play against him again."