It wasn’t easy to decide which fumbled special teams play belonged here, but I slid with the kickoff. This fumble hurt for multiple reasons. The first being the Falcons just scored a field goal prior to the kickoff, and now got the ball back in prime position to at least score another three points. Second, the Rams defense at this point was just on the field for a five minute drive, and now had to trot back out there to save the team once again. Not only that, but this one was truly a confidence killer for Pharoh Cooper and the return game, and things never looked comfortable in the return game from thereon forward.
After being down 13-0, the game started to look pretty bleak for the Rams, though their offense really turned it on at the end of the second half, and the game was just that again, a game. The Rams had a seven-play drive that totaled just over three minutes (thanks to a Falcons flag), and it was capped off with this 14-yard touchdown from Jared Goff to Cooper Kupp. The Rams had Robert Woods running a pick route here for Kupp, who takes an outside release on his wheel route creating instant separation. In timely fashion, the rookie makes a terrific grab for an easy touchdown. This drive was the start of a major momentum shift in the game that ultimately had the Rams go into halftime down only 13-10.