The battle for L.A. commenced at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams were determined for a thrashing, but the Chargers didn’t go quietly. In fact, the game was much closer than it should have been with the final score 35-23.
Running back Todd Gurley fumbled the ball early on, but made up for it with a 1-yard touchdown run to take the early lead, 7-0 in the first quarter. The Chargers answered back after Phillip Rivers connected with receiver Mike Williams on a 42-yard bomb. Although, the Rams maintained the lead after a botched extra point attempt, 7-6. The Rams answered back the following drive when Jared Goff found Robert Woods for 3-yard touchdown reception to increase the lead to 14-6.
Goff surrendered an interception to safety Derwin James in the second quarter. However, the short field position caused a Cory Littleton blocked punt for a touchdown to increase the lead to 21-6. Again, the Chargers charged back with an 11-yard Melvin Gordon touchdown run to close the half, 21-13.
Cooper Kupp fought for extra yardage and broke away for a 53-yard touchdown reception to increase the lead to 28-13. Rivers once again found Williams on a 20-yard touchdown grab to chip away at the lead, 28-20. But, Goff marched the offense down the field and found Woods for another 6-yard touchdown grab, 35-20. The Rams defense limited the Chargers to just three points in the fourth quarter to seal the game.
The Rams head to prime time on Thursday, September 24 to face a struggling Minnesota Vikings team. Kickoff begins at 5 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.