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Brees injured, Rams beat Saints 27-9 in title game rematch

LOS ANGELES (AP) When Drew Brees went to the sideline holding his injured throwing hand, this NFC championship game rematch - and maybe this season's Super Bowl race - dramatically changed in an instant.

Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams didn't waste the opportunity created by Brees' absence to beat the Saints again. And with no help from a no-call this time.

Goff passed for 283 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score, and the Rams stopped New Orleans from scoring an offensive touchdown for the first time since 2016 during Los Angeles' 27-9 victory Sunday.

A strong performance by the Rams' defense, an impressive second half from Goff's offense, and another officiating decision that hurt the Saints were all overshadowed by Brees' departure late in the first quarter.

''I told him I'm hoping for the best,'' Goff said of his postgame chat with Brees. ''He's a great player for this league, a face of the league, and somebody we need in the league.''

Brees' throwing hand collided with Aaron Donald's outstretched hand while he threw an incompletion on the Saints' second drive, and the NFL's career leader in yards passing spent the afternoon on the Coliseum sideline with his thumb heavily wrapped. Brees will see a hand specialist Sunday night, he said.

''There is only so much you can do here as far as a doctor seeing it on the sideline,'' Brees said. ''Hoping it is not too significant.''

Teddy Bridgewater went 17 of 30 for 165 yards in solid relief, while Alvin Kamara rushed for just 45 yards for the Saints (1-1), who seemed understandably discombobulated without their longtime quarterback - although the Rams' defense deserves plenty of credit as well.

Brees' absence ''really didn't change anything at all for us,'' Rams pass rusher Dante Fowler said. ''We were doing a good job before he got hurt. Everybody was on top of their game.''

New Orleans didn't score an offensive touchdown for only the fourth time in 13-plus seasons under coach Sean Payton, who got a lengthy contract extension before the game.

''It is going to be a hard film to watch for guys,'' Payton said. ''We got whipped up front.''

Todd Gurley rushed for 63 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season late in the third quarter of this rematch of the Rams' 26-23 overtime win in New Orleans last January. That game turned on the infamous uncalled pass interference late in regulation by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who had six tackles in the rematch.

''Every win is a big win, but today was a very important win,'' Robey-Coleman said. ''It was a win that basically just closed all the chatter and the naysaying.''

This one also contained early refereeing drama that left the Saints steamed: New Orleans' Cameron Jordan had a long fumble return for a touchdown wiped out in the second quarter. The play initially was ruled an incomplete pass before video review determined Goff had fumbled, but Jordan's long return didn't count because officials had blown the play dead.

Jordan was still furious after the game, even referring to the refs as ''the Foot Locker'' and saying certain members of the officiating crew ''were maybe in their prime a decade ago.''

''If Drew is down, it's on the defense,'' Jordan added. ''I take it upon me. I don't know how many times we hit Jared Goff, but it wasn't enough. We've got to create more turnovers.''

The Saints were hampered by 11 penalties for 87 yards, while the Rams' offense recovered from a slow start to make three straight touchdown drives in the second half.

But this matchup between two of the most prolific offenses in NFL history was definitely not a fireworks show, between Brees' absence and the inconsistent performance of Los Angeles coach Sean McVay's offense. The Rams failed to score a touchdown in the first half for only the third time in McVay's tenure.

KUPP RUNNETH OVER EVERYBODY

Shortly after Brandin Cooks caught a TD pass, Cooper Kupp made the play of the game with a spectacular 67-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. Goff scored after Kupp was ruled down at the 1 by video review.

''It was like something you only see in a football movie,'' Cooks said with a laugh.

Kupp finished with five catches for 120 yards, while Goff surpassed 10,000 career yards passing.

INJURIES

Both teams had far too many. Along with Brees, the Saints lost left guard Andrus Peat to an ankle injury in the second half. Linebacker A.J. Klein also went to the locker room in the second half. Backup receiver Keith Kirkwood was ruled out with a hamstring injury in pregame warmups.

The Rams lost two offensive starters: right guard Austin Blythe injured his ankle in the first half, and tight end Tyler Higbee incurred a chest injury early in the second half.

Donald missed part of the first half with a back injury, but the two-time Defensive Player of the Year returned.

LAST SHOW

The game was the Rams' final home opener at the 96-year-old Coliseum: They'll move into SoFi Stadium in Inglewood next season. The Rams and Chargers unveiled the name of their multibillion-dollar complex before the game.

UP NEXT

Saints: Staying on the West Coast this week to face the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.

Rams: At the Cleveland Browns next Sunday.

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Key Players
M. Thomas 13 WR
89 ReYds, 10 RECs
8
FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
283 PaYds, PaTD, -2 RuYds, RuTD
21
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:37
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
9
27
Touchdown 8:37
J.Goff up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
75
yds
2:21
pos
9
26
Field Goal 11:02
W.Lutz 42 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.Wood Holder-T.Morstead.
9
plays
51
yds
5:02
pos
9
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:00
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
6
20
Touchdown 1:00
J.Goff pass short middle to B.Cooks for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
26
yds
2:37
pos
6
19
Point After TD 5:39
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
6
13
Touchdown 5:39
T.Gurley left end for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
4:10
pos
6
12
Field Goal 9:59
W.Lutz 52 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.Wood Holder-T.Morstead.
10
plays
37
yds
4:16
pos
6
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:07
G.Zuerlein 22 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
7
plays
44
yds
2:36
pos
3
6
Field Goal 11:10
W.Lutz 34 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.Wood Holder-T.Morstead.
7
plays
25
yds
3:15
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:46
G.Zuerlein 24 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
7
plays
56
yds
3:43
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 29:39 30:21
1st Downs 15 20
Rushing 2 7
Passing 11 11
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 4-13 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 244 380
Total Plays 57 61
Avg Gain 4.3 6.2
Net Yards Rushing 57 115
Rush Attempts 20 30
Avg Rush Yards 2.9 3.8
Net Yards Passing 187 265
Comp. - Att. 20-35 19-28
Yards Per Pass 5.3 9.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-16 3-18
Penalties - Yards 11-87 8-65
Touchdowns 0 3
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 5-40.4 4-41.3
Return Yards 34 42
Punts - Returns 3-34 2-42
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 3/3 5/5
Extra Points 0/0 3/3
Field Goals 3/3 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 0-1 -0% 3-6 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 3-3 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Saints 1-1 03339
Rams 2-0 3314727
187 PASS YDS 265
57 RUSH YDS 115
244 TOTAL YDS 380
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Bridgewater 5 QB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.7% 165 0 0 72.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.3% 299 1 0 87.0
T. Bridgewater 17/30 165 0 0 6
D. Brees 9 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 38 0 1 44.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.9% 408 2 2 94.8
D. Brees 3/5 38 0 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Kamara 41 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 142 0
A. Kamara 13 45 0 12 5
L. Murray 28 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 50 1
L. Murray 5 7 0 4 1
T. Bridgewater 5 QB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
T. Bridgewater 2 5 0 4 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Thomas 13 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 10 89 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 212 0
M. Thomas 13 10 89 0 19 8
T. Smith 10 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 49 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 75 1
T. Smith 3 3 49 0 28 4
J. Cook 87 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 2 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 62 0
J. Cook 7 2 25 0 18 2
L. Murray 28 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 20 0
L. Murray 1 1 16 0 16 1
T. Hill 7 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 25 1
T. Hill 3 2 16 0 9 1
A. Kamara 41 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 87 0
A. Kamara 3 1 15 0 15 5
Z. Line 42 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
Z. Line 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Harris 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 -7 0
D. Harris 1 1 -7 0 -7 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
E. Apple 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
E. Apple 7-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 2.0
C. Jordan 5-0 1.0 0 0
V. Bell 24 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
V. Bell 4-1 0.0 0 0
M. Williams 43 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
M. Williams 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Onyemata 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Davis 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
D. Davis 3-2 0.0 0 0
A. Klein 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
A. Klein 2-3 0.0 0 0
M. Brown 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
M. Brown 2-1 0.0 0 0
P. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
P. Williams 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Anzalone 47 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
A. Anzalone 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Davenport 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
M. Davenport 2-1 1.0 0 0
T. Hendrickson 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 3.0
T. Hendrickson 2-0 1.0 0 1
M. Lattimore 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
M. Lattimore 2-3 0.0 0 0
J. Gray 48 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Gray 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Cook 87 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Cook 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Gardner-Johnson 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Gardner-Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Robertson 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Robertson 0-1 0.0 0 0
K. Alonso 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Alonso 0-1 0.0 0 0
S. Tuttle 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
S. Tuttle 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Edwards 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Edwards 0-1 0.0 0 0
K. Elliss 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Elliss 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
9
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
6/7 3/3
W. Lutz 3/3 52 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 48.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 47.4 5
T. Morstead 5 48.8 3 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Harris 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 11.3 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 9.0 19 0
D. Harris 3 11.3 19 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.9% 283 1 0 112.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.7% 469 2 1 87.2
J. Goff 19/28 283 1 0 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 63 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 160 1
T. Gurley 16 63 1 20 12
M. Brown 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 90 2
M. Brown 6 37 0 13 4
R. Woods 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 25 0
R. Woods 1 9 0 9 3
C. Kupp 18 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
C. Kupp 1 6 0 6 12
B. Cooks 12 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
B. Cooks 1 2 0 2 13
G. Everett 81 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
G. Everett 1 0 0 0 2
J. Goff 16 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -2 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 -2 1
J. Goff 4 -2 1 1 21
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Kupp 18 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 5 120 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 166 0
C. Kupp 9 5 120 0 66 12
B. Cooks 12 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 74 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 113 1
B. Cooks 4 3 74 1 57 13
R. Woods 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 103 0
R. Woods 2 2 33 0 19 3
G. Everett 81 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 28 0
G. Everett 5 3 21 0 11 2
T. Higbee 89 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 41 1
T. Higbee 3 2 21 0 18 2
M. Brown 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 10 0
M. Brown 1 1 10 0 10 4
T. Gurley 30 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 8 0
T. Gurley 4 3 4 0 9 12
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
C. Littleton 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-9 1 0.0
C. Littleton 5-3 0.0 0 0
E. Weddle 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-6 0 0.0
E. Weddle 5-2 0.0 0 0
D. Fowler 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 2.0
D. Fowler 4-1 0.0 0 0
N. Robey-Coleman 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 4-2 0.0 0 0
J. Johnson 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-7 1 0.0
J. Johnson 4-2 0.0 1 0
B. Hager 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
B. Hager 3-1 0.0 0 0
C. Matthews 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.0
C. Matthews 3-0 1.0 0 1
T. Rapp 24 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-8 0 0.0
T. Rapp 2-4 0.0 0 0
N. Scott 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Scott 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ebukam 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Ebukam 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Joseph-Day 69 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Joseph-Day 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Howard 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Howard 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Donald 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Donald 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
M. Brockers 1-2 1.0 0 0
A. Talib 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
A. Talib 0-2 0.0 0 0
T. Smart 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Smart 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Zuerlein 4 K
9
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
5/6 6/6
G. Zuerlein 2/2 24 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 49.8 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 49.0 0
J. Hekker 4 49.8 0 66
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Natson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 15.3 32 0
J. Natson 2 21.0 32 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 25 2:35 5 22 INT
8:42 NO 25 2:05 4 21 Punt
3:29 NO 50 3:29 6 -2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:19 LAR 41 3:15 7 25 FG
6:02 NO 13 3:23 6 35 Downs
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:05 NO 29 4:16 10 37 FG
5:39 NO 25 2:02 3 -12 Punt
1:00 NO 25 5:02 9 51 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:37 NO 25 2:54 7 14 Punt
2:22 NO 22 0:35 3 3 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:23 LAR 38 3:43 7 56 FG
6:37 LAR 8 3:08 6 -3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 14 0:39 3 1 Punt
11:06 LAR 25 5:04 10 62 Fumble
2:39 NO 48 2:36 7 44 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 25 0:55 3 9 Punt
9:49 LAR 25 4:10 9 75 TD
3:37 NO 26 2:37 5 26 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:58 LAR 25 2:21 4 75 TD
5:43 LAR 11 3:21 6 10 Punt
1:45 LAR 20 1:47 3 -3 Game