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10 things we learned from the Patriots-Rams game

The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams kicked off Week 14 of the NFL season in Sofi Stadium. The Rams are now 9-4 and atop the NFC West while the Patriots’ playoff hopes shrunk with the 24-3 loss at SoFi Stadium.

New England Patriots

Playoff Chances Dissolving

The Patriots are 6-7 after a terrible performance against the Rams. Rather than force highlights that don’t exist for Bill Belichick & Co. let’s look at the last time a New England team lost seven games in a regular season. What do their playoff chances look like?

Jared Goff
Patriots vs Rams


Coming off the Super Bowl upset of the St. Louis Rams, the Patriots started 3-0 and lost four straight. Tom Brady was the QB. New England got to 8-5 but faltered and finished 9-7, second in the AFC East.

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Avoiding a .500 season

New England came close to being 8-8. It trailed Miami with less than two minutes left in the final regular-season  Adam Vinatieri kicked a field goal with less than two minutes left and one in overtime and the Patriots finished 9-7.

Back to 2020

The Patriots had clawed and scratched to get to .500. They clobbered the Los Angeles Chargers in the same stadium, 45-0, on Sunday. Different opponent, different result. The Patriots looked anemic and don’t have many playoff dreams as the season continues into the final three games.

Run Over By Rams

The Patriots had no answer for LA’s rushing attack, allowing 186 yards. In Super Bowl LIII, they allowed 62 rushing yards and 260 yards of total offense

Los Angeles Rams

Rams Were Goff and Running

It took the Rams 2:55 to do something they couldn’t do in 60 minutes in Super Bowl LIII: score a touchdown. A 35-yard run by Cam Akers set up a quarterback sneak by Jared Goff early in the game.

Sean McVay Was Pumped for the Pick-6

Kenny Young picked Cam Newton and took it back 79 yards to make it 17-0 after the PAT. As impressive was Rams coach Sean McVay’s spring to the end zone.

Three Straight Games with TDs for the Rams’ Defense

Aaron Donald Engulfed Cam Newton

Goff Finds Kupp After Pats’ Gaffe

The Rams were going to go for it on fourth-and-short deep in Patriots’ territory. They tried to draw New England offside. Didn’t work and LA called a timeout. Kick the field goal, right, and go up 20-3? Nope. Try and draw New England off again and the Patriots obliged. Given a first down, Goff found Cooper Kupp in the end zone to make it 24-3 in the third quarter.

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