LOS ANGELES (AP) Jared Goff pbaded for 354 yards and hit Sammy Watkins and rookie Josh Reynolds for touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Rams broke the New Orleans Saints' eight-game winning streak with a 26-game victory. 20 on Sunday at a meeting of leaders of the NFC division.
NFL scoring leader Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals for the Rams (8-3), who earned their fifth win in six games.
For the first time since 2006, it is guaranteed that the revitalized franchise will not end the regular season with a losing record.
Los Angeles became a strong defensive effort against the highest-scoring Saints (8-3), holding Drew Brees to 246 pbading yards-only 96 in the first three quarters – and dismissing him three times.
Alvin Kamara made an early touchdown touchdown of 74 yards and a late TD reception for the Saints, who finally lost for the first time since September 17.
A week after meeting 15 points down they ate at the last quarter to beat Washington in overtime, the Saints were delayed in the first game and never reached.
New Orleans fought to stop Goff's game with his two best cornerbacks left out by injuries, and the Rams methodically moved the ball to win a meeting between two of the NFL's three best scoring teams.
Goff scored 28 of 43, playing with the Saints' defense in his fourth 300-yard game of the season despite receiver Robert Bosque's absence. Rookie Cooper Kupp set career records with eight receptions for 116 yards, and Reynolds made his first scorer in his career in the second quarter.
The Rams made two long runs that culminated in fourth-quarter field goals, and Watkins regained the onside kick after the Saints finally cut the Los Angeles lead to a point in Kamara's touchdown catch with 1:45 for playing.
The Rams scored on their initial drive for the second consecutive week, with Watkins looking for a 5-yard touchdown. Los Angeles also fired Brees twice before, but the Saints adjusted and came back with Kamara.
Reynolds' capture on TD scored an 86-yard drive for Los Angeles in the second quarter. The methodical Rams beat New Orleans 250-166 in the first half and held the ball for 18:35.
Saints: starting cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and Ken Crawley (abdomen) did not play 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.
Saints: returns home to host Carolina on Sunday in a showdown for first place in the NFC South.
Rams: A trip to Arizona on Sunday to face the Cardinals, who were beaten by the Rams in London last month.
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