Follow along for updates throughout the game from Lindsey Thiry.
- Falcons WR Justin Hardy catches a three-yard pass for a touchdown (Falcons 7, Rams 0)
- Falcons RB Tevin Coleman scores on a six-yard catch (Falcons 14, Rams 0)
- Falcons LB Deion Jones scores on a 33-yard interception return (Falcons 21, Rams 0)
- Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel scores on a 64-yard catch (Falcons 28, Rams 0)
- Falcons RB Tevin Coleman scores on a six-yard run (Falcons 35, Rams 0)
- Falcons LB Vic Beasley Jr. scores on a 21-yard fumble recovery (Falcons 42, Rams 0)
- Rams RB Todd Gurley scores on a three-yard run (Falcons 42, Rams 7)
- Rams QB Jared Goff scores on a two-yard run (Falcons 42, Rams 14)
A turbulent week for the Rams off the field ended with a season-worst performance on it Sunday at the Coliseum.
The Atlanta Falcons demolished the Rams, 42-14, putting even more heat on embattled Coach Jeff Fisher with three games left in the season.
The Falcons turned four of five Rams turnovers into touchdowns as the Rams lost for eighth time in nine games and fell to 4-9.
Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley put the finishing touch on the route late in the third quarter when he sacked rookie quarterback Jared Goff, stripped the ball and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown and a 42-0 lead.
The defeat ended a week that began with fan uproar over two-year contract extensions for Fisher and General Manager Les Snead, and also included Fisher and Snead refuting a report by Sports Illustrated’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” website that their relationship was “toxic.”
The Falcons, who came in averaging an NFL-best 32.2 points a game, played without star receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
It hardly mattered.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 18 of 28 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons improved their record to 8-5. Ryan connected with Taylor Gabriel for a 64-yard touchdown in the third quarter that put the Falcons ahead 28-0.
Along with Beasley’s scoring play, linebacker Deion Jones returned an interception for a touchdown.
Goff struggled in his fourth start. He completed 24 of 41 passes for 235 yards but had two passes intercepted and was stripped by Beasley for the touchdown. He did have a two-yard run for a late score.
Todd Gurley rushed for 61 yards in 16 carries and scored on a short run early in the fourth quarter. Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin each had seven receptions for 82 and 62 yards, respectively
The Rams trailed at halftime, 21-0, as the Falcons converted two of three turnovers into touchdowns.
With Benny Cunningham inactive because of a neck injury, rookie Michael Thomas returned kickoffs for the Rams.
On the opening kickoff, he attempted to catch the ball in the end zone. But the ball slipped through his hands, bounced off his body and rolled to the three-yard line, where the Falcons recovered it.
Ryan wasted no time, connecting with receiver Justin Hardy for a touchdown and 7-0 lead.
The Falcons put together a scoring drive late in the first quarter aided by a roughing-the-passer penalty against Rams end Matt Longacre. Running back Tevin Coleman’s six-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the second quarter put the Falcons ahead 14-0.
With about nine minutes left in the first half, linebacker Deion Jones intercepted a Goff pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown and the 21-0 lead.
A few boos echoed through the Coliseum from the few fans remaining as the clock finally ran out and the Falcons defeated the Rams, 42-14.
The Rams fall to 4-9, and the Falcons improve to 8-5.
The Rams must now prepare to go to Seattle to play the Seahawks on Thursday night on short rest.
A second fan ran onto the field in between plays and barely made it 30 yards before he was tackled, but fans still chanted that he was the MVP.
After watching today's game, perhaps they're right.
Nevertheless, Jared Goff rushed two yards for a touchdown and the Rams trail the Falcons, 42-14, with 2:44 remaining in the fourth quarter. The scoring drive covered 80 yards in 13 plays and took 4:59.
One must wonder why, trailing by 35 points, the Rams would call a play for their rookie quarterback to get pummeled, and potentially injured, in the end zone after he has taken a beating all day.
The Falcons are in clock-management mode and are trying to leave Los Angeles without suffering any additional injuries.
Terron Ward rushed for six yards in three carries, and the Falcons punted.
Copy and paste, rinse and repeat.
The Rams went three and out on offense.
Jared Goff threw incomplete passes to Kenny Britt and Todd Gurley before Pharoh Cooper caught a one-yard pass on third down.
Goff was making progress through his first three starts. Today, especially as the game has gone on, appears to be a major step back.
The Falcons, leading the Rams 42-7, inserted backup Matt Schaub at quarterback, and Terron Ward took over at running back.
Ward rushed for 10 yards in four carries, and the Falcons punted.
It was one of those hallelujah cheers. The Coliseum and the few faithful fans remaining erupted as the Rams finally scored some points.
Todd Gurley rushed three yards for a touchdown.
The Falcons lead the Rams, 42-7, with 14:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. The scoring drive covered 60 yards in eight plays and took 2:53.
Michael Thomas returned the kickoff 41 yards to give the Rams good field position.
Kenny Britt caught a 28-yard pass to start the series, and extra yards were tacked on after a personal foul was called against the Falcons.
Brian Quick caught a 10-yard pass to convert on third and six.
Rams safety Maurice Alexander has been ruled out of the game because of a concussion.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it did.
Vic Beasley Jr. sacked Jared Goff, stripped the football and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown.
The Falcons lead the Rams, 42-0.
The few remaining fans really now are all headed for the exits as red Falcons jerseys start to make their way to the open seats near the field.
Not sure this can get any worse for the Rams.
Malcolm Brown rushed two yards before he fumbled and the Falcons recovered. It was Brown's first carry of the series after Todd Gurley rushed for 21 yards in four carries.
Eight plays and 54 yards later, the Falcons converted the turnover into a touchdown. They lead the Rams, 35-0, with 3:56 to play in the third quarter.
More Rams fans are headed for the exits.
The Rams have turned the ball over four times.
Rams safety Maurice Alexander was injured during the series and was tended to by the training staff on the field. He was able to climb to his feet but was taken off on a cart.
That's how you start the second half ... if you're the Falcons.
Matt Ryan completed a 64-yard pass to a wide-open Taylor Gabriel for a touchdown. The Falcons lead the Rams, 28-0, with 13:18 remaining in the third quarter.
The scoring drive covered 75 yards in three plays and took 1:42.
Fans at the Coliseum booed the Rams as they went into the tunnel at halftime trailing the Falcons, 21-0.
It has been another poor, uninspiring performance by the offense, which has 122 total yards, five first downs and is one-of-eight on third down.
Jared Goff has completed eight of 18 passes for 75 yards, with two interceptions.
As poor as that stat line is, it's hard to blame the rookie quarterback for this abysmal performance.
Rams receivers have continued the trend started last week in New England of not catching the football. Last week, it was almost understandable with the freezing Foxborough temperatures, but what's the excuse this week?
Todd Gurley has rushed for 29 yards in seven carries.
How fitting, the Rams' final offensive series in the first half resulted in a three-and-out and a Johnny Hekker punt.
Hekker has now punted six times.
The Rams' offense is dreadful.
Todd Gurley rushed for five yards, Jared Goff threw an incomplete pass and then on third-and-five, Kenny Britt caught a four-yard pass.
The Rams' defense is not the problem. It really hasn't been all season, with the exception of that terrible game in New Orleans.
The Falcons, the NFL's highest-scoring offense, punted for a fifth time, and they have been held to 149 total yards.
Matt Ryan has completed 13 of 20 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
The boos have returned to the Coliseum.
The last time we heard them was when Case Keenum was quarterback on Nov. 6, against the Caroline Panthers.
Needless to say, the Rams went three-and-out, again.
Johnny Hekker punted for a fifth time.
They were called for another ineligible receiver down field, Jared Goff was sacked and Goff's third-down pass was just out of the reach of Tavon Austin.
The Rams have 113 total yards of offense.
The Rams' defense has done a nice job against the Falcons.
And no, that's not sarcastic, despite the Rams trailing 21-0.
Matt Ryan was forced to a three-and-out, and the Falcons punted for a fourth time.
Tevin Coleman rushed for six yards before Ryan threw two incomplete passes.
The Falcons, who came into the game with the highest-scoring offense, have 116 total yards. (It might be important to remember that leading Falcons receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu are inactive today).
Technically, is it a three-and-out if the Rams actually ran four plays because of their own penalty that set them back 10 yards and forced them to replay a down?
At least it changes the three-and-out narrative, if ever so slightly.
Todd Gurley rushed for five yards before Greg Robinson was called for holding.
Lance Kendricks caught a 13-yard pass on second-and-15 and then Jared Goff's third-down pass fell incomplete.
This game started ugly for the Rams and has only gotten worse.
Linebacker Deion Jones dropped into coverage, intercepted Jared Goff and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.
The Falcons lead, 21-0, with 8:54 to play in the first half.
Tavon Austin caught a 17-yard pass and then Rodger Saffold was called for a false start to setup first and 15 -- that's when Goff threw the pick.
Goff has completed six of 13 passes for 58 yards, with two interceptions. The first interception was hardly his fault as it bounced off Kenny Britt's hands, but the second was all on the rookie quarterback.
The Rams' defense has forced another three-and-out of its own.
Matt Ryan completed a nine-yard pass to Aldrick Robinson before Ethan Westbrooks tackled Devonta Freeman for a one-yard loss.
Ryan's third-down pass fell incomplete.
The Falcons punted, and the Rams will have the ball on their own 14-yard line.