It was a tremendous team performance, with plenty of great individual plays by the team’s veteran leaders. But some of the biggest plays in the game were made by rookies, who provided quite a spark while also setting some career firsts.
Perhaps the biggest star of the game was the Rams sixth-round pick, who returned after missing three games with a shoulder injury.
Fuller won’t go down as the greatest No. 199 pick in NFL Draft history, but he got the better of the man who will. Twice.
Yes, Fuller has his first career interception in the third quarter against Tom Brady, a fellow 199er.
And then, with Tampa Bay marching the field late in the fourth quarter, and another Brady comeback feeling inevitable, Fuller all but sealed the game with his second interception.
Having your first and second career interception coming in the same game, against Tom Brady? That’s not one Fuller — or his coaches — will soon forget.
And he was mic’d up! So we’ll be getting a lot of footage and mileage out of this game.
Fuller wasn’t the only Rams rookie to have a career first. Second-round pick Cam Akers also had a memorable play, with his first career touchdown. Akers was mediocre on the ground, picking up just 15 yards on five carries. And he only had one reception for four yards.
But those four yards were enough for his first career touchdown.
It was a good day for Rams second-round picks to have their first career touchdowns. Wide receiver Van Jefferson was only targeted once all game, but that one target went for a seven-yard touchdown to tie the game in the second quarter.
All around it was a highly successful game for Rams rookies, and they were a huge part of why LA came away with a huge win, and a spot atop the division.