Rams make quick work of Saints after Drew Brees exits with injury

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

LOS ANGELES -- The sizzle in the highly anticipated matchup between the Rams and the New Orleans Saints lasted less than one quarter Sunday at the Coliseum.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was forced to leave the game because of a hand injury suffered during his team's second series, and the Rams shut down the Saints in a 27-9 victory before 71,460.

Jared Goff passed and ran for a touchdown, Todd Gurley ran for another and Greg Zuerlein kicked two field goals as the Rams improved to 2-0 by defeating the Saints in a rematch between the teams that played in the NFC championship game last season.

Last season's NFC title game, won by the Rams in overtime, will forever be known for the controversial non-call by officials on an obvious pass-interference infraction by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Sunday's game included another controversy involving officials, this one involving a fumble the Saints believed they returned for a touchdown.

Brees, the NFL's all-time passing yardage leader, was injured when his right hand apparently hit the hand of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald on a third-quarter pass.


Teddy Bridgewater replaced Brees, but could not get the Saints into the end zone.

Goff completed 19 of 28 passes for 283 yards.

Gurley rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown in 16 carries. Malcolm Brown rushed for 37 yards in six carries.

Receiver Cooper Kupp caught five passes for 120 yards, including one 66-yard play during which he broke five tackles. Receiver Brandin Cooks caught three passes for 74 yards, including one for 57 yards and another for a two-yard touchdown.


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