Check out in-game photos from the Rams' Week 12 matchup with the New Orleans Saints at the Coliseum.
The Rams returned to the Coliseum on Sunday to play host to the Saints and snapped their eight-game winning streak with a 26-20 victory. With the club's impressive performance, Los Angeles improves to 8-3 overall. Check below for seven of the most interesting stats from Sunday's contest:
Rams reach eight wins for the first time in a decade:
With Sunday's 26-20 victory over New Orleans, the Rams reached eight wins for the first time since 2006. After going 4-12 last season, first-year head coach Sean McVay has made one of the best year-to-year turnarounds in the league — doubling the club's win total with five games to go. At 8-3, L.A. sits in sole possession of first place in the NFC West, one-game above Seattle.
A career day for the Rams' rookie receivers:
With the team's most productive wide receiver Robert Woods out with a shoulder injury in Week 12, the Rams' offense relied on a pair rookies to step up. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp had a career day with eight receptions for 116 yards marking the first game of at least 100-yards receiving in his career Josh Reynolds also had a game of firsts. The Texas A&M product made his first career start and registered his first career touchdown on a seven-yard pass from quarterback Jared Goff in the second quarter.
Gurley reaches 100 yards from scrimmage for 8th time this season:**
Running back Todd Gurley rushed 17 times for 74 yards and had four catches for 54 yards, totaling 128 yards from scrimmage. Sunday's contest marked the eighth time this season that Gurley has reached at least 100 yards. Last season, the Georgia product only had 100 yards in a game once.
With a 31-yard reception in Week 12, Gurley leads all running backs in the NFL with seven receptions f at least 25 yards. He is now on pace for 1,955 yards which would almost double his total from last season (1,212 yards).
Saints streak is snapped:
Coming into Sunday, the Saints had not lost a game since Week 2 of the regular season, but saw their eight-game winning streak snapped. L.A's defense was efficient in stopping the high powered Saints' offense, holding the Saints' to a season low of 14 first downs and 13 points throughout much of the contest.
Sack, sack, sack:
The Rams were extremely effective at getting to the quarterback on Sunday, sacking Drew Brees three times — the most he has been sacked in a single game all season. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald sacked Brees for a loss of six-yards and outside linebacker Robert Quinn put Brees on his back on the following play, causing him to fumble. Sunday marks the first time Brees has been sacked on back-to-back plays since Nov. 2014 when the Saints lost to the Ravens. It is also the first time L.A. has recorded back-to-back sacks since 2014 when sacked Chiefs' quarterback Alex Smith on back-to-back plays.
Rookie outside linebacker Samson Ebukam added a third sack to the team's stat sheet in the third quarter, bringing his season total to 2.0.
**Rams win for the first time when losing the turnover margin:
There has been a lot of emphasis placed on the Rams turnover margin this season. Prior to Week 12, the club was 7-0 when tied or ahead of the turnover margin and 0-3 when behind. On Sunday the Rams surrendered one giveaway — an attempt at a one-handed catch by Sammy Watkins that was intercepted in the fourth quarter — but were unable to take the ball away from the Saints.
As such, Week 12 marked the first time this season that the Rams won a game when losing the turnover margin. Before Sunday, the last time L.A. won a game in which they did not create a takeaway was in Week 9, 2015.
Special teams a step ahead:
Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper notched his fourth 40-plus yard return of the season with a 40-yard kickoff return and a 40-yard punt return on Sunday. Through Week 12, the Rams have scored on all three-of-four possessions following a 40-plus kickoff return from Cooper.
Kicker Greg Zuerlein converted four of five field goals to improve to 32 of 34 this season (94.1 percent) with one of his misses being a 63-yard attempt. With his 14 points in Week 12, Zuerlein (129) passed running back Marshall Faulk (128 in 2001) for fifth on the all-time single season point total list.