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The Rams lost to the Saints, 49-21, in Jared Goff's second career start. The rookie threw three touchdown passes in the first half, but L.A. couldn't keep up with Drew Brees, who finished with four passing touchdowns and a rushing score.

SCORING SUMMARY

First quarter:

  • Rams WR Tavon Austin catches a 24-yard pass for a touchdown (Rams 7, Saints 0)
  • Saints WR Brandon Coleman catches a three-yard pass for a TD (Rams 7, Saints 7)

Second quarter:

  • Rams WR Kenny Britt catches a six-yard pass for a score (Rams 14, Saints 7)
  • Saints RB Mark Ingram scores on a 10-yard run (Rams 14, Saints 14)
  • Saints QB Drew Brees dives one-yard for a touchdown (Saints 21, Rams 14)
  • Saints WR Michael Thomas scores on a six-yard catch (Saints 28, Rams 14)
  • Rams TE Lance Kendricks catches a 15-yard pass for a TD (Saints 28, Rams 21)

Third quarter:

  • Saints RB Mark Ingram scores a TD on a 21-yard catch and run (Saints 35, Rams 21)
  • Saints WR Michael Thomas scores on a 21-yard catch (Saints 42, Rams 21)

Fourth quarter:

  • Saints RB Tim Hightower catches a 50-yard pass from WR Willie Snead for a TD (Saints 49, Rams 21)

    Rams can't keep up with Saints, fall in New Orleans, 49-21

    Rams quarterback Jared Goff fumbles during the first half of Sunday's game against New Orleans. (Bill Feig / Associated Press)
    Rams quarterback Jared Goff fumbles during the first half of Sunday's game against New Orleans. (Bill Feig / Associated Press)

    Defense has carried the Rams most of the season.

    A late breakdown last week against Miami was considered a blip. The unit was ranked sixth in the NFL going into Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

    Saints quarterback Drew Brees and running back Mark Ingram changed that.

    Brees passed for four touchdowns as the Saints rolled up 555 yards in a 49-21 rout of the Rams.

    The Rams fell to 4-7 going into next week’s game at New England.

    Rams quarterback Jared Goff, making his second start, passed for three touchdowns, but he also had a pass intercepted and lost a fumble.

    The Saints led, 28-21, at halftime and then quickly put the game out of reach in the third quarter.

    Ingram broke free for a 61-yard run in the first play of the second half and turned a screen pass into a 22-yard touchdown for 35-21 lead. Brees’ touchdown pass to Michael Thomas increased the margin to 21 points. Receiver Willie Snead’s 50-yard touchdown pass to running back Tim Hightower added insult to the defeat.

    Brees completed 28 of 36 passes for 310 yards.

    Ingram rushed for 146 yards and a touchdowns in 14 carries. He also scored on a touchdown pass play.

    Thomas, who played at Woodland Hills Taft High, had nine catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

    Goff completed 20 of 32 passes for 214 yards.

    Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed for 50 yards in 13 carries behind a reconfigured offensive line. Greg Robinson was healthy but designated as inactive for the game. Rodger Saffold started at left tackle but suffered a hand injury, leaving Andrew Donnal to protect Goff’s blind side.

    Goff completed 12 of 20 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.

    Goff looked completely comfortable on the first possession of the game when he drove the Rams 75 yards in six plays and passed for his first touchdown, a 24-yard strike to receiver Tavon Austin.

    Brees evened the score with a touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman late in the first quarter.

    The Rams defense stepped up early in the second quarter when tackle Aaron Donald sacked Brees and forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Mark Barron at the Saints’ six-yard line.

    On the Rams’ first play, Goff connected with receiver Kenny Britt for a 14-7 lead.

    Brees brought the Saints right back, and Ingram tied the score by turning a fourth-and-1 play at the 10 into a touchdown.

    Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins sacked Goff on the first play of the ensuing possession and forced him to fumble.

    Four plays later, Brees leaped from the one and put the ball across the goal line for a touchdown and a 21-14 lead.

    The Saints extended the lead on Brees’ short touchdown pass to Thomas.

    Goff kept the Rams within striking distance just before halftime by masterfully engineering a two-minute drive that ended with a touchdown pass to tight end Lance Kendricks.

    Slideshow: Photos from the Rams-Saints game

    Rams defensive end Aaron Donald sacks Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who fumbles near his own goal line during the first half. To see more images from the game, click on the photo above. (Chris Heller / Associated Press)
    Rams defensive end Aaron Donald sacks Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who fumbles near his own goal line during the first half. To see more images from the game, click on the photo above. (Chris Heller / Associated Press)

    Final: Saints defeat Rams, 49-21

    Malcolm Brown rushed for nine yards in three carries, the clock ran out and this game, mercifully, came to an end.

    New Orleans defeated the Rams, 49-21.

    The Rams fall to to 4-7, and the Saints improve to 5-6.

     

    Rams defense continues to struggle, but penalty stops Saints

    The Saints have torn into Gregg Williams' defense, and it has to be some Bounty Gate payback.

    A holding call against the Saints was the only thing that could stop their drive.

    Michael Thomas caught an 11-yard pass, and Tim Hightower rushed for 30 yards before the penalty plagued the drive.

    Jared Goff sacked on third down

    Ugh.

    There's no other way to describe the Rams' latest offensive series.

    Todd Gurley caught a four-yard pass, Jared Goff and Kenny Britt were on different route-pages and Goff was sacked on third down.

    Goff has had some shining moments in his three-touchdown performance, but the Rams' offense still looks out of sorts most of the time.

    Saints punt for just a third time against Rams

    The Saints punted for just the third time after going three and out.

    Mark Ingram rushed for four yards in consecutive carries and Drew Brees' third-down pass to Tommylee Lewis fell incomplete.

    We'll see if the Rams' offense can put anything together. At this point, the game is out of reach, but every series is an opportunity for Jared Goff to grow. 

    Rams stopped on fourth down

    Add insult to injury.

    Fourth and one, Todd Gurley was stopped short of a first down. The Saints take over on downs.

    Lance Kendricks caught a five-yard pass, Gurley was tackled for a two-yard loss and Kenny Britt caught a six-yard pass before the fourth-down attempt.

    Britt was injured during the play and is questionable to return, as is cornerback E.J. Gaines, who was hurt on the previous defensive series.

    Saints lead the Rams, 49-21, in the fourth quarter

    This has gotten out of hand, and Sean Payton is dancing on the sideline. 

    Receiver Willie Snead completed a 50-yard pass to Tim Hightower (yes, Snead, a receiver — not quarterback Drew Brees), and the Saints lead the Rams 49-21 with 10:15 remaining in the game.

    The scoring drive covered 81 yards in seven plays and took 4:45.

    At this point, the Rams' goal should be to leave New Orleans without anymore injuries.

    Cornerback E.J. Gaines was injured during the series.

    The Saints have gained 507 total yards of offense.

    Brees has completed 26 of 33 passes for 297 yards and four touchdowns.

     

     

    Rams' penalties make offensive production difficult

    A Saints penalty helped the Rams, but then their own penalties plagued them.

    Jared Goff was sacked on third down, but the Saints were called for holding. 

    The Rams moved forward with a new set of downs, then quickly found themselves backpedaling after two false starts and Goff taking another sack.  

    The Rams have six penalties for 62 yards.

    The Saints lead the Rams, 42-21, in the third quarter

    This is a performance few likely saw coming from a Rams' defense that has held its last several opponents to fewer than 300 total yards of offense.

    Drew Brees completed a 21-yard pass to Michael Thomas for a touchdown and the Saints lead the Rams, 42-21, with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter.

    The scoring drive covered 92 yards in seven plays and took 3:17. The Saints have 416 total yards of offense. Brees has four touchdown passes.

    Brees also completed a 10-yard and 35-yard pass to Thomas. 

    Josh Hill caught a 21-yard pass.

     

    Rams punt after drive stalls

    The Rams punted, and the Saints will have the ball at their eight-yard line.

    Tavon Austin rushed for 10 yards and Kenny Britt caught a six-yard pass before the drive stalled.

    Todd Gurley was stuffed at the line of scrimmage, and Brian Quick caught a three-yard pass on third and four.

    The Rams were in no man's land at their 36-yard line. Going for it on fourth down seemed like a possibility, but Jeff Fisher elected to punt. 

    Jared Goff throws first career interception

    Jared Goff threw his first career interception, but the Rams' defense was able to keep the Saints from converting the turnover into any points. 

    Kenny Vaccaro picked Goff and returned it to the Rams' 49-yard line

    Drew Brees went three and out.

    Tim Hightower rushed for seven yards in consecutive carries before Brees threw an incomplete pass.

    Prior to the interception, Todd Gurley rushed for seven yards and caught a seven-yard pass. 

    Saints lead the Rams, 35-21, in the third quarter

    Mark Ingram just tore the Rams apart.

    Ingram rushed for 61 yards to start the series, and he finished it with a 21-yard reception for a touchdown.

    The Saints lead the Rams, 35-21, with 12:58 remaining in the third quarter. The scoring drive covered 75 yards in four plays and took 2:02.

    The touchdown pass from Drew Brees came on third and 17 after Robert Quinn sacked him.

    Left tackle Rodger Saffold is out for the game because of a hand injury. Saffold moved from guard to tackle in place of Greg Robinson, who was placed on the inactive list as a healthy scratch. 

    Jared Goff throws third touchdown in first half

    Jared Goff has put together a nice performance in his first NFL road start.

    Facing third and two from the Saints' 32-yard line, Goff completed a 24-yard pass to Lance Kendricks.

    Then he found Kenny Britt for a 17-yard pass and Kendricks again for a 15-yard touchdown reception.

    New Orleans leads the Rams, 28-21, with 55 seconds remaining in the first half. The scoring drive covered 79 yards in eight plays and took 1:29. 

    Goff is 12 of 20 for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

    Left tackle Rodger Saffold injured his hand during the series; his return is questionable. 

    Saints lead the Rams, 28-14, in the second quarter

    The Rams defense, usually so stout, is having a tough time stopping, or even slowing, Drew Brees and the Saints.

    And another Rams' penalty turned out to be costly. 

    Brees completed a six-yard pass to Michael Thomas, and the Saints lead the Rams, 28-14, with 2:24 remaining in the first half. The scoring drive covered 78 yards in eight plays and took 3:45.

    The series looked headed for a three and out after Thomas caught a five-yard pass and Brees committed a rare mistake on second down when he was called for intentional grounding. 

    However, on third and 15, Brees threw deep and baited Lamarcus Joyner into pass interference. 

    From there, Brees completed an 11-yard pass to Coby Fleener and eight-yard and 35-yard passes to Josh Hill.

    Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was injured during the drive. 

    Todd Gurley breaks 13-yard run, but drive stalls

    Todd Gurley sprung for a 13-yard gain, but the Rams' series stalled quickly thereafter.

    Gurley rushed for three yards and Jared Goff's next two passes fell incomplete. 

    Gurley has rushed for 34 yards in seven carries. 

    Saints lead the Rams, 21-14, in the second quarter

    Drew Brees kept the ball and dove over the top of the pile for a one-yard touchdown on fourth down.

    The Saints lead the Rams, 21-14, with 7:46 remaining in the second quarter.

    Jared Goff was sacked, fumbled and the Saints recovered at the Rams' 10-yard line.

    It would be easy to call it a rookie error, but Brees made the same mistake in a previous series (although the hit Brees took from Aaron Donald looked nasty)

    Brees completed a five-yard pass to Coby Fleener and Tim Hightower rushed for four yards before he was stood up on third-and-one by Alec Ogletree. 

    The Saints are two-for-five on third down, but two-for-two on fourth.

     

    Rams and Saints tied, 14-14, in the second quarter

    The Saints went for it on fourth and one from the Rams' 10-yard line and Mark Ingram rushed for a touchdown.

    The Rams and Saints are tied again, 14-14, with 9:38 to play in the second quarter. The scoring drive covered 75 yards in nine plays and took 5:05.

    Mark Barron stopped Ingram at the line of scrimmage on third and one before Ingram broke free on the fourth down.

    Ingram rushed for 32 yards in five carries, including a 15-yard run.

    Coby Fleener caught a 31-yard pass that put the Saints in Rams territory.

    Rams lead the Saints, 14-7, in the second quarter

    The Rams' defense created a big opportunity and the offense capitalized.

    Aaron Donald sacked Drew Brees and forced a fumble that Mark Barron recovered at the Saints' six-yard line.

    Next play, Jared Goff found Kenny Britt for a six-yard pass and a touchdown.

    The Rams lead the Saints, 14-7, with 14:43 remaining in the second quarter.

    This game looks entirely different from Goff's first start, with playcalls actually allowing the rookie quarterback to put his arm on display. 

    Goff has completed seven-of-11 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. 

    Another penalty stalls Rams drive

    For a second series, a Rams receiver picked up a penalty and stalled the drive.

    Kenny Britt was called for a false start on third and two, and then Jared Goff's third-and-seven pass fell incomplete. 

    Johhny Hekker punted. The Saints will have the ball on their 14-yard line.

    On the first play, Todd Gurley rushed for nine yards after he got a great block from Rodger Saffold, who made the start at left tackle in place of the struggling Greg Robinson. 

    After Gurley rushed for three yards and Goff threw an incomplete pass, Tavon Austin caught a short pass and slipped a tackle for an eight-yard gain. 

    But then... the penalty. 

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