Rams Explode for 51 Points in Thrashing of Giants

Updated: November 6, 2017

In case you needed a reminder that the Rams are back, here it is.

This game was pretty much the 2017 Rams in a nutshell, as they put up more points in one game than they have all year.  They created four turnovers and were able to use them to their advantage, as well as scoring first for the fourth straight game.  They also scored more points than anyone had scored while visiting the Giants since 1948, and defeated the team for the first time since 2001.

The game opened with Aaron Donald stripping the ball from Eli Manning, and Connor Barwin jumped on top of it to give the Rams their first possession.  They made quick work of things, as Jared Goff found TE Tyler Higbee in the endzone, making it the ninth straight game the Giants have allowed a touchdown by a tight end.  Unfortunately for the Rams, the Giants were quick to respond, driving down the field and scoring a touchdown with a catch from Tavarres King.  The Rams, however, were unfazed, as Greg Zuerlein scored a chip-shot field goal to put the Rams in front by 3.

That’s when the game started to open up.

Alec Ogletree forced another Giants fumble that the Rams got back, and they made their way into Giants territory before a few defensive stops and a series of penalties held the Rams back.

Who expected a touchdown on 3rd and 33?

Apparently, the Rams did, as Goff hit Robert Woods with a short pass before Woods took off down the field, sliced his way right past the Giants defense and made it to the endzone for his first touchdown as a Ram.  Additionally, it was the first time since 1989 that any team converted on a third down with at least 30 yards to go.  The Rams weren’t done with explosive plays, however, as after a defensive stop, Jared Goff fired a deep pass to Sammy Watkins, who caught the ball and took it to the house for a 67-yard touchdown.

And they still weren’t done there, as the Giants looked to build more momentum before Trumaine Johnson intercepted Manning’s pass, and Zuerlein tacked on three more before the half ended on a positive note for the Rams when the Giants missed a field goal that would have maybe made the game closer.  Just another of the many what-ifs for the Giants in this game.

The second half opened with the Rams making another huge push towards the endzone before Todd Gurley ran it in for his first score of the game.  The Giants weren’t able to make much of a response, thanks to another sack by Connor Barwin, and then Todd Gurley exploded with a run from midfield to the 1-yard line.  Goff then found Robert Woods wide open in the endzone for his second touchdown of the game, and Goff’s fourth touchdown pass of the contest, a career high.  The Giants then found themselves stuffed back in their own territory, and had no choice to punt.

And then, Cory Littleton did it again, breaking through the Giants defense and blocking Brad Wing’s punt before the Rams got the ball back at the Giants’ 18 yard line.  The Rams then piled on even more points with Todd Gurley’s second touchdown of the game.  The Giants, however, were finally able to have some offense going, as they scored their first and only touchdown of the second half.  Sean Mannion and Malcolm Brown then led the Rams down to about midfield before Zuerlein nailed another field goal, this time from 47 yards away, capping off arguably the Rams’ most dominant performance this season.  Jared Goff also became the 5th QB in Rams history to record 300 pass yards and 4 passing touchdowns in the same game.

If the Rams were playing anything like they were last year, a 50-point game would have seemed impossible.  But this game only continued proving that this transformation was no small thing.  But what I’m amazed about is how quickly it actually worked.  I would have expected a rebuild that would have lasted a few seasons.  Sean McVay and Wade Phillips proved me wrong, and I guess what everyone was saying in the past few years was true, that all the Rams needed was to get rid of Jeff Fisher.  All these changes have turned the Rams into a contender.  But with that tough stretch of games still looming, now it’s time to go out and prove it.

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