Rams ground game punished the Patriots' defense in a 24-3 victory
Los Angeles- The Rams gave the Patriots a taste of their own medicine by running the ball effectively, gaining 187 yards in a victory over New England.
Sitting atop of the NFC West, the Rams wanted to extend their lead in their division and take full control of it. However, they had to get past the Cam Newton and the Patriots to get there. On the Rams first drive, running back Cam Akers busted for a 35-yard run, which put the Rams in the redzone. Four plays later, Jared Goff punched the ball in the endzone to strike first blood, 7-0.
Midway in the first quarter, the Rams tacked on a field goal to make it a 10-0 game. With under a minute left in the quarter, Goff threw a ball in a tight space to his wide receiver, which was intercepted by the Patriots. A couple plays later, the Rams' defense came up huge, as they forced Cam Newton to throw an interception to Kenny Young. Young took the interception back to the house, which made it 17-0 at the start of the second quarter.
Before the end of the half, New England finally got on the scoreboard with a field goal. At the end of the half, the Rams had a comfortable 17-3 lead.
In the second half, the Rams gave the Patriots a heavy dosage of their running attack. Los Angeles had the ball for nine minutes in the third quarter and came away with touchdown to put the nail in the coffin, 24-3. Everything after that was pretty much cosmetic.
Goff finished with 138 yards through the air, 12 yards on the ground,1 touchdown, and 1 interception.
Akers had 29 touches for 171 yards.