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Halftime Notes: Rams vs. Cardinals

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LOS ANGELES — The Rams are down by 10 points to the Cardinals in both teams' season finale. Here are some notes from the first 30 minutes.


The Rams had a first quarter to forget offensively, finishing with -4 total yards.

Quarterback Jared Goff was under heavy pressure throughout the period, getting sacked twice and hit a total of three times on five dropbacks. Running back Todd Gurley rushed four times and gained only four yards.

With starting right tackle Rob Havenstein inactive, offensive lineman Rodger Saffold moved to start at that position. Left tackle Greg Robinson was back in his regular spot after being deactivated for last week's game against San Francisco.


After safety Maurice Alexander picked off a Carson Palmer pass, giving L.A. an extra possession at the visitors' 29, the Rams tried to get a touchdown on a trick play.

Quarterback Jared Goff took the snap and quickly fired a backwards pass to wide receiver Pharoh Cooper on the left side. Cooper then threw the ball to Gurley, who was running a wheel route on the backside of the play. But the pass hung in the air long enough for defensive back Harlan Miller to run under it and pick it off.

Later in the second quarter, wide receiver Tavon Austin looked like he had a 38-yard touchdown return on a play where he received a direct snap. But the scoring strike was nullified on an illegal motion penalty. The Rams would settle for a field goal.


After a defensive three-and-out, the Rams looked like they would have a good amount of time for a two-minute drive to close out the first half. But the special teams unit would give the offense great field position, as special teams ace Chase Reynolds came through the middle to block the punt.

Starting at the Arizona 19, Los Angeles would tack on a 36-yard field goal to bring the score to 13-6.

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