The Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints by a score of 30-22 on Thursday Night Football. It was this Rams team’s biggest game of the year. It was perhaps the biggest NFL win for a number of the rookies on the team. LA basically came into the game with a do or die type scenario. Depending on where you look, if LA won, they’re playoff chances would go up to 70%. If they lost, their playoff chances would fall below 20%.
The story is still not written, but this win puts LA closer to the playoffs than they’ve been all season. The Rams will need to focus on securing the special teams unit. The defense and offense both could benefit from closing games out in the final parts, but a win is a win. So this weekend fans of the Rams and the team can celebrate.
The Rams opened up the scoring with a touchdown pass to Puca Nakua.
LA would go on to build a bit of a lead after the first score, but for whatever reason LA stalled in parts of the second quarter (and later in the fourth). A missed field goal by Lucas Havrisik didn’t help. The Saints were able take advantage and score a big play to put themselves back in the game.
LA seemed to find it’s stride again as the second quarter came to close when Matthew Stafford delived another passing TD.
LA came out in the second half and really started to take ground. The defense got a big time turnover.
The offense capitilzed with this score from Kyren WIlliams, who in a very cool moment, was able to give the game ball to his own mom after TD.
First you score the TD, then you give the ball to Mom. pic.twitter.com/GFxoK4s5r2— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 22, 2023
The complimentary football that Sean McVay has preached about all year was able to show itself at the right times in this game. The Rams built their lead up 30-7, but similar to last week, LA let the Saints back in the game. First, the Saints would score a touchdown to make the game 30-14, but then this would happen:
All of the sudden the Saints forced their way back in the game after another touchdown and a successful two point converstion with less than four minutes to go in the game.
Despite the setbacks, and there were plenty, LA found a way to get their eight win of the season and get back above a .500 record for the first time since Week One. No harm no foul, right?
LA has some time to rest before they take on the New York Giants. We’ll see how this weekend goes as several contests could impact LA’s playoff chances for the better or worse, but for right now, the Rams are in the driver’s seat in terms of their playoffs aspirations. Not a bad place to be.