Rams survive late meltdown vs. Falcons as Super Bowl hangover continues

By Eric D. Williams
FOX Sports activities NFC West Author

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — After his workforce blew a commanding lead solely to hold onto a 31-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay learn the room.

“That was a pretty dull game,” McVay quipped, coaxing some laughs earlier than the beginning of his press convention at SoFi Stadium.

And later he added: “How I know I’m maturing is I would’ve been grumpy before on this thing. Holy hell. I need a couple drinks.” 

For 3 quarters, McVay’s Rams seemed just like the high-powered soccer workforce that clawed their strategy to a Super Bowl victory on this very stadium.

However the whole lot modified in a confounding fourth quarter, when the Falcons truly had an opportunity to take the lead after recovering a Cooper Kupp fumble and driving into L.A. territory late.

Nevertheless, with 1:18 left to play on third-and-13 from the Rams’ 24-yard line, L.A.’s playmaking nook Jalen Ramsey — who struggled in a humbling loss to the Buffalo Payments final week — elevated to pluck a Marcus Mariota providing down the center of the sector headed for Bryan Edwards for an interception and the win.

“He let it float up there to his receiver,” Ramsey stated. “And when I get an opportunity like that, I feel like I can go up there and get it.” 

Jalen Ramsey’s acrobatic interception seals Rams’ victory

Jalen Ramsey’s interception within the fourth quarter helped the Rams choose up a 31-27 victory towards the Atlanta Falcons. 

Ramsey did simply that, clinching a victory that moved the Rams to 1-1 on the yr. 

Los Angeles finds itself in a tie atop the NFC West with each different workforce, because the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) manhandled the Seattle Seahawks (1-1) at Levi’s Stadium and the Arizona Cardinals (1-1) engineered a stunning, come-from-behind time beyond regulation victory on the street towards the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Rams have been unstoppable early, operating out to a 28-3 lead behind the arm of Matthew Stafford, who confirmed no in poor health results from a lingering elbow difficulty that restricted his reps throughout coaching camp. 

The 34-year-old signal-caller completed 27-of-36 for 272 yards, with three touchdowns passes and two interceptions. Stafford accomplished passes to 6 totally different receivers. His favourite goal, as standard, was Kupp, who totaled 11 receptions for 108 receiving yards and two scores on 14 targets. 

Nevertheless, Allen Robinson and Cam Akers, each lacking in motion final week, have been extra concerned within the offense. Robinson completed with 4 receptions for 53 yards and a 1-yard rating on a fade route. After being placed on discover by his coach this week, Akers completed with 44 dashing yards on 15 carries whereas Darrell Henderson Jr. added one other 47 dashing yards. 

“The coach says I’m not moving with enough urgency, then I want to move with more urgency,” Akers stated. “Whether that’s practice, film room — whatever it may be. I think I applied that, and I want to keep applying it.” 

With L.A. up 28-3 with just a little over 9 minutes left within the third quarter, turnovers and poor particular groups play allowed Atlanta to sneak again into it. It began innocently sufficient with Mariota engineering a five-play, 20-yard scoring drive capped by a five-yard landing to rookie Drake London. The rating was arrange by a Stafford interception by linebacker Mykal Walker.

After a Matt Homosexual 20-yard discipline aim, the Falcons lower L.A.’s benefit to 31-17 on one other Mariota-led drive, this one 72 yards on eight performs punctuated by an 11-yard landing go to Olamide Zaccheaus with 8:21 left. 

However the head-scratching play got here with 5:06 left, when Rams punter Riley Dixon had his punt blocked by linebacker Troy Anderson up the intestine of L.A.’s entrance line. Lorenzo Carter recovered the free ball and rumbled 26 yards for the rating. Mariota discovered London for the two-point conversion, and the Falcons trailed by simply six factors with slightly below 5 minutes left to play. 

“You talk about a s—-y feeling when that one occurred right there,” McVay stated. “But our guys just stayed the course. Hey, I’m being honest. You might have to bleep that out, and my mom will get mad at me, too.” 

However Ramsey’s heroics sealed the victory. 

Jalen Ramsey on the Rams’ victory over Falcons

Jalen Ramsey on the Rams' victory over Falcons

Jalen Ramsey speaks with Laura Okmin on the Rams’ uneven win over Atlanta. “We still have a lot to correct,” he stated.

The Rams seemed like a Super Bowl workforce all through a lot of the sport. They pressured two interceptions, one by rookie Cobie Durant and the opposite by Ramsey. They sacked Mariota thrice, together with linebacker Bobby Wagner’s second sack of the yr. 

A reconfigured offensive line allowed only one sack after giving up seven to the Payments final week.

However the Rams, double-digits favorites at house, turned the ball over thrice, had a punt blocked and struggled to place away a workforce that gained simply seven video games final season.

So, for Wagner, he understands there’s extra work to do. 

“We’ve just got to be better, honestly,” Wagner stated. “It’s still early. I’ve been around long enough that you’ve got to take the wins when you get them. A lot of these things that happened can be easily fixed. And so that’s encouraging.” 

Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for greater than a decade, masking the Los Angeles Rams for Sports activities Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma Information Tribune. Comply with him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.

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