Seven Stats: Rams Drop Second-Straight Sunday Night Football Game

The Rams comeback fell short against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football from L.A.

Quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams were unable to get back on track against the Eagles, as the offense faltered in the third quarter and was couldn’t cap a late fourth-quarter drive with the opportunity to tie the game at 30.

The Rams lost to the Eagles 30-23, rounding out the club’s first back-to-back losses under head coach Sean McVay.

Here are seven stats that stood out in Week 15 against the Eagles:

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1. JOHN JOHNSON CAREER HIGH

Second-year safety John Johnson did his part in stopping the Philadelphia offense in one of his busiest nights as a Ram.

Johnson recorded a career-high 14 tackles in the loss. Both McVay and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips spoke highly this week of Johnson’s improvement in their secondary since he was drafted back in 2017.

Johnson also made arguably the defensive play of the game, popping the ball from the hands of tight end Zach Ertz in the back of the end zone during the game’s second quarter. 

2. GOFF HITS 4K

A week after setting a career high in single-season passing yards, quarterback Jared Goff surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.

Goff went 35-for-54 against the Eagles and totaled 339 yards passing, without a touchdown for the second-straight game, and two interceptions.

Goff is the first Rams quarterback to throw for at least 4,000 yards in a season since Marc Bulger did it in 2006. The former Cal Bear is just the fourth Rams quarterback to reach the 4,000-yard mark.

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3. MR. CONSISTENT, ROBERT WOODS

Wide receiver Robert Woods reached the 1,000-yard mark for the first season in his career last week in Chicago.

Woods reached the milestone delivering week-to-week in consistent fashion this season and that trend continued on Sunday night.

Woods is now just the sixth player in NFL history to record 13-straight games with at least 60 yards receiving.

He finished his night with seven receptions for 74 yards.

4. T.G. CAREER HIGH

Running back Todd Gurley capped off the Rams’ second offensive drive of the game with his 20th touchdown of 2018 — a new single-season career high.

Gurley scored 19 touchdowns in his AP Offensive Player of the Year performance a season ago. Gurley also added a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Rams made their best shot at mounting a comeback, bring his 2018 total to 21 TDs.

The back finished his night taking 12 carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns, adding a team-high 10 receptions for 76 yards.

5. TALIB PICK

Cornerback Aqib Talib did his best to turn things around at the start of the fourth quarter.

Talib picked off his first pass as a Ram as quarterback Nick Foles and the Eagles were knocking on the door in L.A. territory. Talib picked off the Foles pass and returned it 30 yards, setting up a drive that ended with a 37-yard made field goal by kicker Greg Zuerlein.

Talib now has 35 career interceptions, which is the second-most among all active players.

6. NO SACKS

The Rams came up empty getting to Foles in Week 15.

The Los Angeles defense had previously gone sackless just once this season — in Week 9’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has now gone two-straight games without a sack, keeping him at 16.5 in 2018. Donald went without a sack until Week 4 against the Vikings.

The NFL’s leader in sacks had two tackles and one quarterback hit on Sunday night.

7. CONSECUTIVE LOSSES

The Rams have now lost back-to-back games for the first time under head coach Sean McVay.

The Rams lost to the Bears 15-6 in last week’s edition of Sunday Night Football. Sunday’s loss to the Eagles marks the first time L.A. has lost consecutive regular season games since Week 16 and Week 17 in 2016.

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