The Los Angeles Rams snapped the New Orleans Saints eight-game winning streak with a 26-20 victory on Sunday, November 26. The victory also moved the Rams into the No. 3 seed in the NFC.
The Rams came out the gates with an aerial assault, which reflected the tempo of their offensive production. Quarterback Jared Goff targeted Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins early, and the Rams found themselves with a 10-0 lead. That lead was short-lived, because the Saints’ rookie running back Alvin Kamara broke out for 74-yard touchdown run on the next drive.
Kupp stepped up in place of the injured Robert Woods, and led the team with eight receptions and 116 receiving yards. Kupp took advantage of poor coverage on a 53-yard reception with 5:16 left in the second quarter. Fellow wide receiver Josh Reynolds later caught a 7-yard touchdown reception. The catch enters the history books the first in Reynolds’ career.
Both defenses stiffened in the second half. The Saints didn’t allow the Rams in the end zone, and the Los Angeles defense limited the Saints to 10 points again. Seven of those points came against a prevent defense with 1:45 left in the game. It took only 42 seconds for Drew Brees to find Kamara for a 15-yard touchdown. However, Sammy Watkins recovered the ensuing onside kick to clinch the game for the Rams.
The Rams improved their record to 8-3 on the season. They will travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals December 3 at 1:25 p.m. PT.