Posted: 7:34 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013
By Jon Benne
The Rams jumped out to a huge early lead and never looked back, delivering a blow to the Saints' divisional title hopes.
It wasn't a good start for Drew Brees. He threw an interception on the Saints' first drive, and the Rams turned it into a touchdown with an impressive 31-yard run by Cory Harkey. Brees tossed a second pick in the endzone and St. Louis turned it into another score. Kellen Clemens marched the Rams all the way down the field and hooked up with Lance Kendricks to give St. Louis a quick 14-0 lead.
Jeff Fisher kept taking it to the Saints, calling a surprise onside kick in the second quarter. The Rams recovered and got a field goal out of it. They extended their lead even further with a 40-yard touchdown run by Zac Stacy. Brees drove the Saints down to the red zone at the end of the first half, but a potential touchdown got called back by a penalty. A field goal attempt was blocked and the Rams went into halftime with a stunning 24-3 lead over New Orleans.
Brees' poor day continued in the third quarter when he got strip-sacked by Robert Quinn. There wasn't much scoring done until halfway through the fourth quarter. The Saints finally found the endzone when Brees leaped over a pile at the goal line, but the two-point conversion failed. Marques Colston grabbed a touchdown to pull the Saints within 11 points, and they got the onside kick back, but failed to make a field goal, sealing the win for the Rams.
Zac Stacy gashed the Saints defense with 132 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Jimmy Graham was held quiet by the Rams' defense, finishing with just two catches for 25 yards.
Zac Stacy left with a hip injury and was questionable to return, but he came back into the game.
The New Orleans Saints were 6.5 point favorites, according to OddsShark. They failed to cover by losing.
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