Stingy defense helps Rams beat Giants
Unable to get their offense on track until late, the Los Angeles Rams rode their defense to a 17-9 victory Sunday over the visiting New York Giants at Inglewood, Calif.
Let by two-time defensive player of the year Aaron Donald, the Rams (3-1) held the Giants out of the end zone while improving to 2-0 at their new $5 billion SoFi Stadium.
Los Angeles’ high-powered offense finally delivered with just under seven minutes remaining in the game when quarterback Jared Goff hit wide receiver Cooper Kupp on a 55-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown and a 17-9 lead. The Rams never trailed.
Goff was 25 of 32 for 200 yards, his lowest passing output of the season and his lowest since Week 6 of last season. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was 23 of 36 for 190 yards, with an interception.
The Giants (0-4), who entered the game with the worst rushing offense in the NFL, had 136 yards on the ground on 25 carries. Jones and running back Wayne Gallman each had 45 yards rushing on six carries.
Down eight, the Giants got the ball to the Rams’ 31-yard line with 2:37 remaining, but Jones threw high to wide receiver Golden Tate on fourth down, and Los Angeles took possession.
The Giants had one last chance, taking possession with 2:05 remaining after a Rams punt. They moved to the Rams’ 18-yard line, but Darious Williams intercepted a Jones pass at the 7-yard line with 57 seconds remaining. The Rams ran out the clock from there.
The Rams looked primed for a big offensive day when they took their opening drive of the game 65 yards for a touchdown. Tight end Gerald Everett, in motion before the snap, took an inside handoff from Goff and ran 2 yards for the TD.
From there the teams traded field goals into the fourth quarter. Giants kicker Graham Gano had first-half field goals of 35 and 37 yards. Rams rookie kicker Sam Sloman had a second-quarter field goal of 32 yards, with the Rams carrying a 10-6 lead into halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, when both teams combined for 119 yards, the Giants pulled to 10-9 when Gano connected on a 27-yard field goal with 14:11 remaining.
The Giants outgained the Rams 295 yards to 240, and their 136 rushing yards were well over their 56.7-yard average over their first three games.
–Field Level Media