New England Patriots 3-24 Los Angeles Rams: Cam Akers rushes for 171 yards in blowout win
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton benched late in the game for backup Jarrett Stidham after completing just nine of 16 passes for 119 yards and throwing a costly pick six in the second quarter
Last Updated: 11/12/20 9:33am
Los Angeles Rams rookie running back Cam Akers rushed for 171 yards in a 24-3 blowout victory over the New England Patriots on Thursday night that all but ends any faint playoff hopes for the Pats.
Cam Newton threw for just 119 yards before being replaced late in the game by backup Jarrett Stidham, who went 5 of 7 passing for 27 yards in their final four offensive series'.
- Patriots stats: Cam Newton, 9/16, 119 yards, 1 INT
- Rushing leader: Damien Harris, 11 carries, 50 yards
- Receiving leader: N'Keal Harry, three catches, 49 yards
The Patriots (6-7) suffered just their second loss in the last six weeks, managing only 220 total yards on offence, 62 of which came in the second half.
The Rams (9-4), who have won four of their past five games, moved a half-game ahead of the Seattle Seahawks (8-4) atop the NFC West standings with victory.
Akers was the leading light in the contest, with both teams having their struggles on offence in a rematch of the similarly low-scoring Super Bowl LIII from two years' ago.
- Rams stats: Jared Goff, 16/25, 137 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
- Rushing leader: Cam Akers, 29 carries, 171 yards
- Receiving leader: Tyler Higbee, two catches, 34 yards
The Rams exploded out of the blocks to start with, a 35-yard rush from Akers the highlight of a six-play opening drive that was capped by quarterback Jared Goff leaping into the endzone from a yard out, but points were hard to come by thereafter.
|Patriots 0-7 Rams||Jared Goff one-yard TD run (extra point)|
|Patriots 0-10 Rams||Matt Gay 35-yard field goal|
|Patriots 0-17 Rams||Kenny Young 79-yard interception return for a TD (extra point)|
|Patriots 3-17 Rams||Nick Folk 29-yard field goal|
|Patriots 3-24 Rams||Jared Goff two-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp (extra point)|
Goff later threw a third-quarter touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp, but he had just 137 yards passing on the night, also throwing an interception.
Newton was also picked off three plays after Goff's turnover, with Kenny Young returning the interception 79 yards for a touchdown 14 seconds into the second quarter to see Los Angeles into a 17-0 lead.
Nick Folk's 29-yard field goal trimmed the Patriots' deficit with a minute left of the first half, but the Rams responded with a 16-play, 90-yard drive on their opening possession of the third period - Goff finding Kupp for the score - to put the game beyond doubt.
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