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Rams lead 28-3, hold off Falcons

The Los Angeles Rams narrowly avoided finishing at the bottom of the NFL’s all-time balance on the Karma scale, but other than that, there isn’t much to take from Sunday’s 31-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Earlier in the third quarter, the Rams led the Falcons 28-3, and social media jokes began. Best of all, you knew that the Falcons, who famously took a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI, could bounce back from that deficit, right?

After all, Atlanta did just that in one play, thanks to a string of blunders for the Rams who not only put the Falcons back in the game, but escorted them down the red carpet. of.

After recording a 28-3 lead, the Rams explained:

  • Matthew Stafford threw an interception (third of the day) and a turnover led to a touchdown for the Falcons

  • Riley Dixon’s punt was blocked and Atlanta’s Lorenzo Carter returned it 28 yards for another touchdown to keep Atlanta on one possession.

  • Barely 90 game seconds later, with 3:32 remaining, Cooper Kupp fumbled for 44, his first losing fumble since September 2020.

Matthew Stafford and the Rams are on a winning streak, but it was harder than it should have been. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta fought to the Rams’ 24-yard line, but with 1:18 left on the goal line, Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota threw an interception into the hands of leaping Jaren Ramsey.flat that Falcons head coach Arthur Smith didn’t kill Atlanta’s chances as they had enough timeouts to make Los Angeles tricky on 4th down. After one purposeful safety, Atlanta had an opportunity for Hale his merry from midfield, but Mariota was unable to escape the collapsing pocket and the game ended without a throw.

The Rams’ key here is to survive and move forward. There are no style points in the NFL. Since 2018, no team has advanced to the playoffs with a 0-2 record, nor has the playoffs been expanded. Still, it’s worth noting that Stafford has already recorded five interceptions during the season. And the 4th quarter collapse involving Atlanta is believed to be the Falcons collapse, not the other way around.

If the Rams played to the level of competition, this could easily be written off if not for the Week 1 debacle, a 31-10 debacle at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. The Rams, defending Super Bowl champions, should be at the league’s elite level, and they’ll be able to prove their worth in his divisional matches against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers over the next two weeks. You will get a chance to prove yourself.

What about the Falcons? They said he was 0-2 and didn’t look like he could make the playoffs anyway. At least they had a chance to get slightly out from under the 28-3 cloud that had loomed over the franchise for half a year.


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