Jared Goff leads the Rams to a 26-20 win over Saints

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jared Goff passed for 354 yards and hit Sammy Watkins and rookie Josh Reynolds for touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Rams snapped the New Orleans Saints eight-game winning streak with a 26-20 victory on Sunday in a meeting of NFC division leaders.

NFL scoring leader Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals for the Rams (8-3), who earned their fifth victory in six games.

For the first time since 2006, this revitalized franchise is guaranteed not to finish the regular season with a losing record.

. @sammywatkins out here juggling! #NOvsLA pic.twitter.com/khPloX5G3z

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 26, 2017


Los Angeles turned in a gritty defensive effort against the high-scoring Saints (8-3), holding Drew Brees to 246 yards passing just 96 in the first three quarters and sacking him three times.

Alvin Kamara madean early 74-yard touchdown runand a late TD reception for the Saints, who finally lost for the first time since Sept. 17.

One week afterrallying from 15 points downlate in the fourth quarter to beat Washington in overtime, the Saints fell behind on the opening drive and never caught up.

New Orleans struggled to stop Goffs passing game with its top two cornerbacks sidelined by injuries, and the Rams methodically moved the ball to win a meeting between two of the NFLs top three highest-scoring teams.

Get you one, @J_Rey_11!

First @NFL touchdown for 83! #NOvsLA pic.twitter.com/oyQJd57Jhl

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 26, 2017

Goff went 28 of 43, patiently picking at the Saints defense in his fourth 300-yard game of the season despite the absence of top receiver Robert Woods. Rookie Cooper Kupp set career highs with eight catches for 116 yards, and Reynolds made his first career TD catch in the second quarter.

The Rams made two lengthy drives ending in fourth-quarter field goals, and Watkins recovered the onside kick after the Saints finally trimmed Los Angeles lead to one score on Kamaras TD catch with 1:45 to play.

The Rams scored on their opening drive for the second straight week, with Watkinscatching a slantfor a 5-yard TD. Los Angeles also sacked Brees twice early, but the Saints adjusted and got back in it with that brilliant run by Kamara.
Reynolds TD catch capped an 86-yard drive for Los Angeles in the second quarter. The methodical Rams outgained New Orleans 250-166 in the first half and held the ball for 18:35.

#LARams LIVE: Sean McVay Postgame https://t.co/bzk4XOy2ln

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 27, 2017