Rams beat Saints 30-22: Instant analysis of Week 16 victory

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Immediate analysis of the Rams’ victory over the Saints, which they won 30-22 in Week 16

The Rams and Saints were the subject of a great deal of attention on Thursday night, as a result of the postseason implications that this NFC clash carried. Los Angeles was on a roll heading into this game, having won four of its previous five games, but the Saints had also won two consecutive games prior to this week’s matchup.

In any case, the Rams proved beyond a reasonable doubt that they were the superior 7-7 team by prevailing against the Saints in a manner that was quite comfortable, 30-22. More over 400 yards of total offense were scored by the Rams in a span of less than three full quarters, indicating that the game was not even close to being as close as the final score shows. The defense was able to shut down Derek Carr and the Saints as well, restricting them to a total of 229 yards when they were on their first eight possessions. However, in the closing seven minutes of the game, they did surrender two touchdowns in a short amount of time, which made things a little bit more interesting.

At 8-7, the Rams are in an excellent position to make a push for the playoffs, and they will maintain their seventh seed in the National Football Conference regardless of what happens this weekend or on Monday. Despite the fact that there is still a lot of work to be done, this was a tremendous victory for the Rams in their last home game of the season.
If the Rams had started the game in a better manner, it would have been difficult for them to do so. On third down, Ernest Jones made a sack on Derek Carr, which put a stop to the Saints’ opening drive and forced them to kick the ball. After that, the Rams were able to move the ball 95 yards in 14 plays and make a touchdown on fourth down thanks to a catch by Puka Nacua that was two yards in length.

Rams beat Saints 30-22: Instant analysis of Week 16 victory

Following a peculiar punt from the 37-yard line on their first drive, the Saints attempted to score touchdowns from the Rams’ 39-yard line on their second drive; however, both of those attempts resulted in sacks. In order to set up the Rams at the midfield position, Kobie Turner made a tackle on Carr that resulted in a loss of ten yards. Instead of going for it on fourth, they decided to accept three points from the two-yard line and go for a field goal instead of continuing the drive that they had just completed.

The Rams decided to settle for a field goal try on fourth-and-2 from the Saints’ 28-yard line on their third drive toward the Saints’ territory. Lucas Havrisik was sent out for a 47-yard attempt to put the Rams up 13-0, but he missed wide left. Instead of going for it, they decided to go with one of their other options. At this point in the season, he has a record of two for six from forty-nine yards.
Several plays after Havrisik’s missed field goal, Carr connected with Rashid Shaheed for a touchdown that went 45 yards, bringing the score to 10-7. This was a 10-point swing that followed the missed if goal.
The Rams were able to make a significant stop on fourth down once more just before halftime, which allowed them to regain possession of the ball with 56 seconds remaining in the first half. Stafford guided them down the field, gaining 58 yards and completing a touchdown ball to Demarcus Robinson for four yards. This was Stafford’s fourth consecutive game in which he scored a touchdown. In the first half, Robinson grabbed six passes for 82 yards and scored a touchdown, which put him in the lead for the team.
At the beginning of the second half, Stafford connected with Nacua for a gain of 41 yards on the very first play. However, Nacua was able to make the catch despite the fact that the Saints might have easily been called for pass interference. The drive resulted in a field goal for Los Angeles, which propelled them to a 20-7 lead.
Midway through the third quarter, Jordan Fuller made a pick-off of Derek Carr, which put the Rams in a position to have a very advantageous field position. Kyren Williams scored his 12th touchdown of the season five plays later, giving the Rams a 27-7 lead. This was Williams’ 12th touchdown of the season combined. As was the case the previous week, the Rams had a difficult time putting the game away. In order to keep things interesting, they allowed the Saints to score two touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the game.

Rams beat Saints 30-22: Instant analysis of Week 16 victory

This forced the offense to pick up a couple of first downs late in the fourth quarter, which ultimately resulted in the game being decided. Thankfully, they were able to accomplish that once more; nonetheless, the Saints managed to go within eight points of the Rams, which caused them to be put on edge.

The Saints’ attempt to stage a comeback was foiled by Nacua, who not only caught nine catches for 164 yards and a touchdown but also added two rushes for 16 yards and recovered an onside kick. Nacua was the player of the game. Everything is within his capabilities.
Despite the fact that Stafford only targeted four guys on his 34 pass attempts, he still managed to throw for 328 yards. Even though Kupp had the most targets (12), he only managed to grab six passes for a total of 52 yards.

Although the Saints were out of timeouts, Nacua was able to assist kill the clock and move the chains by carrying the ball for nine yards on a second-and-five situation. It was such a brilliant move on his part to secure the victory, demonstrating once more what a shrewd player he is going to be.
Throughout the course of this game, Nacua made a number of incredible catches, but his 41-yard reception on the first play of the second half was particularly impressive. Despite the fact that the Saints defender was all over him, Nacua was still able to complete the grab. In fact, the Saints defender should have been called for pass interference.

This brand-newcomer is capable of doing everything.Following this victory, the Rams will have a brief mini-bye before traveling across the country to play the Giants in Week 17, which is the penultimate game of their regular season. It is a dreaded away game on the East Coast at one o’clock Eastern Time, but the Rams are just rolling right now, and the Giants are, well, not very good. The Rams will have a significant opportunity to advance to the postseason if they are victorious in that game, independent of the outcome of the game they play against the 49ers in Week 18.


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