Rams stat No. 3: Defense bends but doesn’t break on the opening drive
The LA Rams have now allowed their opponent to drive to the red zone in the first possession of the game in each of the past two games. But once there, the defense denies a score. In fact, in this one, the LA Rams defense faced a first and goal from their own one-yard line.
The Indianapolis Colts tried to run it in with Jonathan Taylor on first down, only to be stopped by Aaron Donald and Justin Hollins. The Colts tried once more to run it in with Jonathon Taylor, only to be stopped on second down by Aaron Donald and Ernest Jones. Undaunted, the Colts tried once more to run it down the Rams throat, but Taylor was tackled for no gain by Sebastian Joseph Day and Taylor Rapp.
On fourth down and goal from the one-yard line, Carson Wentz dropped back to pass and was sacked by outside linebacker Leonard Floyd for a nine-yard loss. Facing first down and goal to go from the one-yard line, and the Rams defense denies a score. No touchdown. No field goal. Oh, by the way, did you catch the final score?
That’s right. The LA Rams won this one by a score of 27 to 24. That stop on the opening drive was so vital for the Rams that it became the eventual margin of victory for the team.