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Gurley, Donald and the Rams have a day.

Updated on December 15, 2015
Todd Gurley leaps in for the first of his two touchdowns on the day.
Todd Gurley leaps in for the first of his two touchdowns on the day. | Source

Slow first half

Going into this week 14 matchup with the Lions, with new offensive coordinator Rob Boras at the helm and a banged up defense missing key players. It looked to be another long day at the office for the Rams. It certainly started that way in the early going, starting out on offense being led by Case Keenum. Through the first half it was slow offensively for both teams. Throughout the first quarter both offenses punted the ball away. The only victory for the Rams, was the fact that punter Johnny Heckker was absolutely blasting the football down field. On two occasions pitting the Lions offense inside their own five yard line.

Midway through the second quarter, the Rams defense would be the first ones to put points on the board with a pick six by Trumaine Johnson. After missing a couple of games with an injury, Johnson made his presence felt hawling in his fifth interception of the year.

That would be the only points scored in the first half as the Rams offense had 82 yards of total offense.

Aaron Donald had 3 sacks on the day against the Lions.
Aaron Donald had 3 sacks on the day against the Lions. | Source

Better second half finish

After a slow first half, the second half was a different story. The Rams started off on defense and they continued their dominance behind DT Aaron Donald who had a sack in the first half and would continue to pressure Matthew Stafford on his way to sacking the quarterback three times.

After another three and out by the Rams offense, the defense were not able to the Lions out of the endzone. On the Lions second possession in the third quarter, Matthew Stafford threw a nine yard pass to Golden Tate to tie the game 7-7.

The Rams were able to answer back. Todd Gurley had only 7 rush atts for 13 yrds in the first half. But he would start to correct that as on their second possession in the third quarter, he broke off a 49 yard run that would setup his first touchdown on the day. Gurley would score on a 5 yard scamper, leaping into the endzone making it a 14-7 ballgame.

Gurley's dominance would continue, early in the fourth quarter he would lead the Rams down field with a couple of big runs. The drive ended when on 2nd and inches, Gurley ran to the outside making a huge jump cut to dodge a lion defender, and diving towards the pielon for a 14 yard touchdown run making the score 21-7.

Now the Lions were able to make the game interesting towards the end of the game. Golden Tate received his second touchdown catch of the day making the score 21-14. And then they were able to recover an onside kick giving them a chance to tie the game. The Rams defense were able to hold them not only out of the endzone, but also hold them out of field goal range.

With another huge run by Todd Gurley, the Rams were able to go into the victory formation and hold onto a 21-14 victory.

Lions vs Rams Team Stats

Total Plays
Total Yards
3rd dow eff
14/22, 114 yds
30/46, 220 yds
29 att, 203 yds
20 att, 111 yds
1st downs

Player of the Game

The story of this game was the performance of Todd Gurley.

Todd Gurley stats: 16 att, 140 yds, 2 tds. He averaged 8.8 yds per carry

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