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Rams suffer second straight loss in a blowout against Saints

Rams' playoff chances took a significant hit after suffering their sixth loss in the last seven games.

The Los Angeles Rams fell to their second straight defeat in a blowout loss to New Orleans Saints 49-21. 

The Saints looked more than motivated to play against their former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams compiling 555 total offensive yards behind Drew Brees leading the way with 310 passing yards on an efficient 28-of-36 completed passes with five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing).

Their dynamic running back duo Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower gashed the Rams' defense for 209 yards and two total touchdowns. They were also factors in the passing game each hauling in a touchdown reception. Rookie Michael Thomas recorded nine catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns, which marked his second 100-yard performance of the season. 

New Orleans took control of the game in the second quarter, scoring 21-answered points that helped them carry a 28-21 lead into the half. They registered the game's final 21 points while the Rams were held scoreless in the second half. The 49 points allowed is the highest total for the Rams since 2002. 

In his second career start, Goff was much more productive outing and showed some flashes of brilliance completing 20 of 32 passes for 214 yards along with three touchdown passes and an interception. 

Goff got off to a strong start tossing three touchdowns passes in the first half. including his first career touchdown coming on the opening drive of the game where he converted three of four passes for 72 yards highlighted by a 24-yard connection to Tavon Austin, who finished with four catches for 45 yards. He recorded his other two touchdown passes in the second quarter with Kenny Britt and Lance Kendricks both being the recipients. Britt led the team with 52 receiving yards on five receptions.

However, the Saints kept the Rams' offense grounded with consistent pressure in Goff's face getting eight hits on the quarterback and recording three sacks. On the first drive of the second half, the 21-year-old threw his first career interception on a ball in tight coverage to Kendricks and did not sustain a drive longer than five plays or 19 yards in the team's final six drives of the game.  

Meanwhile, Todd Gurley was once again limited in the running game notching just 50 yards on 13 carries averaging just 3.8 yards per carry. Although he had a couple of big gains on the ground, Gurley was held in check for most of the game. It marked the eighth time this season that he has recorded less than 70 rushing yards with no touchdowns. 

The loss now puts the Rams' playoff chances in serious jeopardy sitting well out of the race for the final wild-card spot in the NFC with five more games to go in the season. Los Angeles will head on the road next week against the New England Patriots. 

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