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Jared Goff, stingy defense lead LA Rams past Saints, 26-20

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Rams methodically drove downfield on their opening possession, and Sammy Watkins caught a precise slant from Jared Goff for a touchdown.

Drew Brees then got the ball for New Orleans' first drive, and the Rams sacked him on back-to-back plays.

From that auspicious start to the recovery of the Saints' final onside kick, the Rams emerged from a dismal decade of losing football on Sunday with their most impressive win of the season.

And Goff's squad seems capable of accomplishing a whole lot more.

Goff passed for 354 yards and hit rookie Josh Reynolds for another touchdown , and the Rams snapped the Saints' eight-game winning streak with a 26-20 victory in a meeting of NFC division leaders.

The Rams (8-3) also ended a streak of their own: This franchise's 10-year run of losing regular seasons is finally over.

For the first time since 2006, the Rams will finish at least at .500 after doubling their win total from their relocation season in 2016.

''That's the best feeling ever, just being on a winning team,'' said Watkins, who had four catches for 82 yards. ''It makes it easy to go out there every week and work hard.''

The victory was an enormous statement about the Rams' ability to play with the NFC's best, but their fifth win in six games has put them in position for much bigger accomplishments.

After bouncing back soundly from a loss at Minnesota, this revitalized franchise is steaming toward its first playoff berth since 2004 and its first winning season since 2003.

''There were some games this year where we realized we could play with anybody,'' Goff said. ''This was, for sure, one of them.''

Alvin Kamara made a brilliant 74-yard touchdown run and a late TD reception for the Saints (8-3), who finally lost for the first time since Sept. 17.

Veteran coordinator Wade Phillips' defense turned in a gritty effort against the high-scoring Saints, holding Brees to 246 yards passing - just 96 in the first three quarters.

''We never found a good rhythm of run-pass,'' Brees said. ''It just felt like everything was really tough sledding. The minute we'd get something going, there would be a penalty that would set us back, and then we'd be off the field.''

One week after rallying from 15 points down late in the fourth quarter to beat Washington in overtime, the Saints fell behind on the opening drive and never caught up.

New Orleans struggled to stop Goff's passing game with its top two cornerbacks sidelined by injuries, and the Rams steadily moved the ball to win a meeting between two of the NFL's top three highest-scoring teams.

''You could point to a number of things, but really, in so many areas, I thought we were sloppy,'' New Orleans coach Sean Payton said.

''We hurt ourselves. ... We've got a big game coming up next week (against NFC South co-leader Carolina), and we'll get ready to play it, but we can't gloss over this, though. We've got to look at this closely.''

The Rams made two lengthy drives ending in fourth-quarter field goals, and Watkins recovered the onside kick after the Saints finally trimmed Los Angeles' lead to one score on Kamara's TD catch with 1:45 to play.

DYNAMITE D

Aside from Kamara's remarkable capacity for big plays, the Rams largely limited the NFL's most prolific offense. Even with Brees getting rid of the ball quickly, Los Angeles held the Saints to 346 yards - 69 below their average, and just 189 in the first three quarters.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald was his usual nightmare, getting his fifth sack in six games along with two tackles for loss.

''I thought our defense did a great job today making them earn tough yards,'' Rams coach Sean McVay said. ''We've got some pretty good players on defense.''

CARVING IT UP

Goff went 28 of 43, patiently picking at the Saints' defense in his fourth 300-yard game of the season despite the absence of top receiver Robert Woods. Rookie Cooper Kupp set career highs with eight catches for 116 yards, and Reynolds made his first career TD catch in the second quarter.

GREG THE LEG

NFL scoring leader Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals for the Rams, giving him 127 points in 11 games this season. He also missed a 63-yard attempt into the wind at the halftime gun, but McVay didn't regret trying it: ''More times than not, he's going to hit that kick.''

INJURIES

Saints: Starting cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and Ken Crawley (abdomen) sat out as expected. ... LT Terron Armstead injured his hamstring during the third quarter.

Rams: Linebacker Connor Barwin was ruled out shortly after halftime with an arm injury. ... Woods (shoulder) missed his first game of the season.

UP NEXT

Saints: Return home to host the Panthers on Sunday in a showdown for first place in the division.

Rams: A trip to Arizona on Sunday to face the Cardinals, who got blown out by the Rams in London earlier this season.

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Key Players
A. Kamara 41 RB
87 RuYds, RuTD, 101 ReYds, ReTD, 6 RECs
30
FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
354 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, INT, -3 RuYds
24
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:45
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
20
26
Touchdown 1:45
D.Brees pass short right to A.Kamara for 15 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Penalty on LAR-S.Ebukam, Defensive Offside, declined.
6
plays
75
yds
0:42
pos
19
26
Field Goal 2:27
G.Zuerlein 26 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
13
plays
67
yds
5:28
pos
13
26
Field Goal 10:05
W.Lutz 21 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
10
plays
72
yds
4:06
pos
13
23
Field Goal 14:11
G.Zuerlein 49 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
6
plays
50
yds
3:20
pos
10
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:37
G.Zuerlein 46 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
7
plays
59
yds
3:13
pos
10
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:58
W.Lutz 50 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
8
plays
44
yds
3:24
pos
10
17
Point After TD 4:22
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 4:22
J.Goff pass short middle to J.Reynolds for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
86
yds
4:18
pos
7
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:14
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 2:14
A.Kamara right guard for 74 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
75
yds
0:48
pos
6
10
Field Goal 3:02
G.Zuerlein 50 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
11
plays
51
yds
5:28
pos
0
10
Point After TD 10:53
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD, Center-J.McQuaide, Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 10:53
J.Goff pass short right to S.Watkins for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
59
yds
4:07
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 24:34 35:26
1st Downs 14 24
Rushing 2 6
Passing 10 14
Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Conv 3-13 3-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 346 415
Total Plays 52 73
Avg Gain 6.7 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 123 88
Rush Attempts 17 25
Avg Rush Yards 7.2 3.5
Net Yards Passing 223 327
Comp. - Att. 22-32 28-44
Yards Per Pass 7.0 7.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-23 4-27
Penalties - Yards 7-112 9-90
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 7-53.0 3-46.0
Return Yards 0 169
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-59
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 4-110
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 6/7
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 4/5
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 2-4 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Saints 8-3 7301020
Rams 8-3 1073626
223 PASS YDS 327
123 RUSH YDS 88
346 TOTAL YDS 415
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.8% 246 1 0 101.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.3% 3029 16 5 104.1
D. Brees 22/32 246 1 0 15
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Kamara 41 RB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 87 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 546 5
A. Kamara 5 87 1 74 30
M. Ingram 22 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
166 837 8
M. Ingram 11 31 0 7 3
D. Brees 9 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 16 2
D. Brees 1 5 0 5 15
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Kamara 41 RB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 6 101 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 54 548 4
A. Kamara 6 6 101 1 33 30
T. Ginn 19 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 7 71 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 42 641 3
T. Ginn 11 7 71 0 25 7
M. Thomas 13 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 52 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 70 805 2
M. Thomas 8 5 52 0 24 5
W. Snead 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 32 0
W. Snead 1 1 9 0 9 0
C. Fleener 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 295 2
C. Fleener 2 1 8 0 8 0
M. Ingram 22 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 218 0
M. Ingram 3 2 5 0 5 3
T. Lewis 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 84 0
T. Lewis 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
V. Bell 48 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-16 0 3.0
V. Bell 9-2 1.0 0 0
C. Robertson 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-17 0 2.0
C. Robertson 6-1 1.0 0 0
A. Klein 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-15 0 1.0
A. Klein 5-3 0.0 0 0
M. Williams 43 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-10 1 0.0
M. Williams 5-1 0.0 0 0
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-13 1 10.0
C. Jordan 4-0 2.0 0 0
K. Vaccaro 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-10 3 0.0
K. Vaccaro 4-1 0.0 0 0
P. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-12 2 0.0
P. Williams 3-0 0.0 1 0
R. Bush 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-5 0 1.0
R. Bush 3-1 0.0 0 0
T. Davison 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-6 0 0.0
T. Davison 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Harris 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-3 0 0.0
D. Harris 2-1 0.0 0 0
W. Lutz 3 K
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
W. Lutz 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Moore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
S. Moore 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Rankins 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-6 1 1.0
S. Rankins 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. Hodges 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Hodges 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hardee 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Hardee 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hughes 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Hughes 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Edmunds 33 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
T. Edmunds 1-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Line 42 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Z. Line 1-0 0.0 0 1
C. Banjo 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
C. Banjo 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. McDougle 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. McDougle 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-15 0 1.0
D. Onyemata 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
24/28 32/35
W. Lutz 2/2 50 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 53.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
37 48.4 18
T. Morstead 7 53.0 2 67
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.1% 354 2 1 96.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.8% 2964 18 5 98.6
J. Goff 28/43 354 2 1 24
C. Kupp 18 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
C. Kupp 0/1 0 0 0 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 74 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
204 865 8
T. Gurley 17 74 0 14 12
T. Austin 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 188 1
T. Austin 5 17 0 10 1
J. Goff 16 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 53 1
J. Goff 3 -3 0 -1 24
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Kupp 18 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 8 116 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 597 3
C. Kupp 11 8 116 0 53 11
S. Watkins 12 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 4 82 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 490 5
S. Watkins 9 4 82 1 31 14
T. Gurley 30 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 42 479 3
T. Gurley 7 4 54 0 31 12
T. Higbee 89 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 48 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 262 1
T. Higbee 3 3 48 0 38 4
J. Reynolds 83 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 37 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 65 1
J. Reynolds 6 4 37 1 14 9
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 56 0
P. Cooper 2 1 9 0 9 0
G. Everett 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 215 1
G. Everett 1 1 9 0 9 0
T. Austin 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 -1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 42 0
T. Austin 4 3 -1 0 4 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Johnson 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-6 2 0.0
T. Johnson 5-1 0.0 0 0
A. Ogletree 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-19 0 2.0
A. Ogletree 5-2 0.0 0 0
K. Webster 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-4 0 0.0
K. Webster 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Barron 26 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-13 3 1.0
M. Barron 4-1 0.0 0 0
A. Donald 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-8 0 6.0
A. Donald 3-2 1.0 0 0
R. Quinn 94 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-9 0 3.0
R. Quinn 3-2 1.0 0 1
J. Johnson 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-9 1 0.0
J. Johnson 3-1 0.0 0 0
T. Walker 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 1.0
T. Walker 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-11 0 3.0
M. Brockers 2-2 0.0 0 0
B. Countess 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 1 0.0
B. Countess 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Hekker 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ebukam 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 2.0
S. Ebukam 1-1 1.0 0 0
E. Westbrooks 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-7 0 2.0
E. Westbrooks 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Zuerlein 4 K
14
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/5 2/2
SEASON FG XP
32/34 33/33
G. Zuerlein 4/5 50 2/2 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 46.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
40 46.8 22
J. Hekker 3 46.0 3 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 27.5 40 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 29.7 103 1
P. Cooper 4 27.5 40 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 19.7 40 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 12.1 40 0
P. Cooper 3 19.7 40 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:53 NO 25 2:23 4 18 Punt
3:02 NO 25 0:48 2 75 TD
0:39 NO 19 1:26 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:04 NO 11 3:24 5 20 Punt
4:22 NO 25 3:24 8 44 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 25 2:26 4 8 Punt
11:03 NO 9 4:13 6 14 Punt
3:37 NO 25 1:06 3 -4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:11 NO 25 4:06 10 72 FG
8:31 NO 19 0:36 3 5 Punt
2:27 NO 25 0:42 6 75 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 41 4:07 7 59 TD
8:30 LAR 17 5:28 11 51 FG
2:14 LAR 31 1:35 3 2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:13 LAR 12 2:09 5 27 Punt
8:40 LAR 14 4:18 8 86 TD
0:58 LAR 18 0:58 7 37 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:34 LAR 49 1:31 3 2 Punt
6:50 LAR 13 3:13 7 59 FG
2:31 LAR 20 3:20 6 50 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:05 LAR 20 1:34 5 25 INT
7:55 LAR 25 5:28 13 67 FG
1:45 NO 46 1:45 3 -3 Game