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Halftime Notes: With Second-Quarter Surge, Rams Down 13-10

Posted Jan 6, 2018

The Rams had a tough time moving the ball early in the game, but were able to score a second-quarter touchdown and late field goal to make the score 13-10.

LOS ANGELES — The Rams had a tough time moving the ball early in the game, but were able to score a second-quarter touchdown and late field goal to make the score 13-10.

SPECIAL TEAMS ERRORS

Los Angeles’ special teams unit was excellent throughout the regular season, but committed a pair of critical errors to give Atlanta two extra possessions.

Midway through the first quarter, punt returner Pharoh Cooper looked like he wanted to let a punt bounce just past midfield. But the kick went off safety Blake Countess’ foot and then bounced backwards deeper into Rams territory. Eventually the Falcons recovered the loose ball at the Los Angeles 17.

The defense did well off the sudden change, however, forcing Atlanta to settle for a 29-yard field goal. That score gave the visitors a 3-0 lead.

Then late in the same period, Cooper fumbled a kick return after a second Falcons field goal put Atlanta up by six. Starting with the ball on the Los Angeles 32, the visitors capitalized on their opportunity with running back Devonta Freeman’s three-yard touchdown. With the score, Atlanta took a 13-0 lead.

RAMS GET ON THE BOARD

The Rams finally got on the board after a big gain by running back Todd Gurley moved them down the field.

On 2nd-and-6 from the L.A. 25, Gurley took a handoff to his left and darted down the sideline to the Atlanta 49. A 15-yard late hit foul put Los Angeles on the Atlanta 34.

Then a 15-yard pass to Kupp set the Rams up inside the red zone. Two plays later on 3rd-and-5, Goff connected with Kupp on the left side of the end zone for Los Angeles’ first points of the game.