Halftime Notes: Whitworth, Webster Suffer Injuries vs. Philadelphia

Check out in-game photos from the Rams' Week 14 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

LOS ANGELES — It's been a back-and-forth first half, and the Rams are down 24-14 at halftime. Here are a few notes from the first two quarters of action.

FAST START LEADS TO EARLY TOUCHDOWN

For the second week in a row, the Rams ended an opponent's opening drive with an interception within the first set of downs.

On 3rd-and-5, quarterback Carson Wentz fired a pass to former USC wideout Nelson Agholor. But the wideout's college teammate Nickell Robey-Coleman had good coverage on the play, and tipped the ball in the air. Cornerback Kayvon Webster dove and secured the ball before it hit the ground for an interception.

The Rams' offense needed only three plays from there to fully capitalize on the takeaway. Quarterback Jared Goff began the possession with a five-yard pass to wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Then running back Todd Gurley

turned on the jets for a 30-yard run down to the Philadelphia two-yard line.

The next play, Gurley split two defenders at the one-yard line to go in for a touchdown, giving L.A. an early 7-0 lead.

KUPP BALLING

Down 21-7, the Rams needed a big play to get back in the game early in the second quarter and rookie wide receiver Cooper Kupp delivered.

On 3rd-and-10 from the L.A. 25, Kupp caught a pass just beyond the sticks, then made a pair of defenders miss on his way down the field for a 64-yard reception down to the Philly 11.

A few plays later, Goff hit Kupp on the right side and the rookie dragged a defender over the pylon for a six-yard touchdown reception. The score cut the Rams' deficit to seven points.

With his fourth catch of the day, Kupp set a Rams rookie record with 55 receptions. The previous record of 54 was set by wide receiver Eddie Kennison in 1996.

A PAIR OF KEY INJURIES

Two Rams' starters left the field due to injury and have yet to return.

In the first quarter, cornerback Kayvon Webster suffered an ankle injury and was carted off the field. His return is doubtful.

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth also suffered what appeared to be a lower-leg injury and was spotted walking into the locker room. He has not returned to the game as of halftime.

PENALTIES HURT

The Rams committed a pair of key defensive pass interference penalties on two of the Eagles' first-quarter drives, both of which resulted in touchdowns.

On 2nd-and-8 from the Los Angeles 14, Wentz threw an incomplete pass down the seam to tight end Brent Celek. But middle linebacker Alec Ogletree committed defensive pass interference in the end zone and the ball was placed on the one-yard line. Philadelphia scored a touchdown to tie the game at seven.

Then on the next drive cornerback Trumaine Johnson was flagged for the same penalty when he was defending wideout Alshon Jeffery on a 3rd-and-1 deep pass. The penalty moved the Eagles up 41 yards to the Los Angeles 38. A few plays later, Wentz hit tight end Trey Burton down the seam between two defenders for a 20-yard touchdown.

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