The Los Angeles Rams dropped their first game of the season on Sunday, losing 45-35 to the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Rams were unable to complete an impressive comeback effort against future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and Saints’ wide receiver Michael Thomas, who finished with a Saints single-game franchise record 211 yards receiving and one touchdown.
L.A. will look to bounce back next Sunday back in the Coliseum against the Seahawks.
Here are seven stats that stood out in Week 9 against the Saints:
1. GURLEY SETS RECORD
With his first quarter eight-yard touchdown carry, running back Todd Gurley cemented a spot in the Rams record books, becoming the first player in franchise history to score a touchdown in 12-consecutive regular season games. Gurley’s streak dates back to last season’s Week 14 game against the Eagles, when Gurley scored two rushing touchdowns.
No. 30 has now totalled 24 touchdowns since Week 14 a season ago —17 rushing, 7 receiving. Gurley surpassed former Rams running back Elroy Hirsch, who found the end zone in 11-straight games in the between 1950 and 1951.
Gurley’s touchdown also gives him the most touchdowns through the first nine games of the season in Rams history (16).
Gurley finished his afternoon with 13 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown.
2. NO SACKS
For the first time in 2018, L.A.’s defense was unable to record a sack.
Brees certainly felt pressure at times — even from the newest member of the Rams’ defense, outside linebacker Dante Fowler — but nonetheless were unable to bring Brees to the ground.
Interestingly, Goff also left the Superdome without taking a sack.
The Rams have recorded 22 sacks this season.
3. ZUERLEIN TIES RECORD
Veteran kicker Greg Zuerlein also entered the Rams record book on Sunday.
Zuerlein drilled a much needed 56-yard field goal to end the first half against the Saints, and is now tied with former kicker Jeff Wilkins for the most made 50-yard field goals in franchise history (26).
Zuerlein had two cracks at tying the record. He missed his first field goal of the afternoon — a 51-yard attempt in the first quarter.
4. GOFF ALSO TIES RECORD
Quarterback Jared Goff’s three touchdown passes tie him with former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, as one of two quarterbacks in franchise history to throw at least 20 touchdown passes through the first nine games of the season.
Goff’s third touchdown pass of the day came via now-healthy wideout Cooper Kupp.
Kupp took the record-tying score to the end zone 41 yards up the sideline on a 3rd-and-1 pass from Goff.
5. TWO-POINT SUCCESS
Following Kupp’s score, the Rams successfully converted a two-point conversion and tied the game at 35.
The Rams have now converted five-of-six two-point conversions in 2018 — which ties the franchise single-season record (5).
6. THE CONSISTENT ROBERT WOODS
Wide receiver Robert Woods proved dependable yet again in Week 9.
Woods finished his day with five catches and 71 yards, which marks his eighth-straight game with at least 5 catches for 70 yards or more.
Woods was the Rams third-leading receiver on Sunday. Former New Orleans Saints wideout Brandin Cooks led all Rams receivers with six receptions, 114 yards, and one touchdown.
7. ROAD STREAK SNAPPED
The Rams loss in New Orleans means the end of a seven-game road winning streak.
A victory would have meant the second-longest road winning streak in franchise history. The Rams won nine-straight road contests from 2000-2002.
In L.A.’s most recent streak, the Rams downed the 49ers, Broncos, Seahawks (twice), Raiders, Cardinals, and Titans, dating back to Week 13 of 2017.