“We misplaced,” Donald stated earlier than an impending rematch.
That loss has fueled Donald and the Rams for the previous 22 months and on Thursday evening, Donald bought the small quantity of the payback he sought because the Rams shut down the Patriots 24-3 at SoFi Stadium.
The lopsided win avenges among the embarrassment felt on that disappointing February day in 2019, when the Rams’ high-powered offense mustered solely three factors in opposition to Invoice Belichick and Tom Brady in a 13-3 defeat.
Earlier than Thursday’s recreation, quarterback Jared Goff stated his reminiscences in opposition to the Patriots amounted to “not very many good ones,” and Rams coach Sean McVay known as Tremendous Bowl LIII “a really humbling evening.”
However McVay and Goff have been capable of get the offense transferring Thursday.
Goff handed for 137 yards and one landing, with an interception, and in addition scored on a QB sneak for his first victory over the Patriots in three tries. And the Rams leaned closely on the run, as rookie Cam Akers moved into the beginning lineup and McVay ditched a operating again committee to make the most of Akers as a characteristic again. A second-round draft choose from Florida State, Akers rushed for a career-high 171 yards on 29 carries and caught two passes for 23 yards.
Donald led a ferocious effort, because the Rams’ protection wreaked havoc on Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, sacking him 4 instances. Linebacker Kenny Young additionally intercepted a Newton display screen go and returned it 79 yards for a landing within the second quarter.
The Rams enhance to 9-4 and stay in first place in the NFC West for a minimum of one other week as they put together to shut out the common season in opposition to the winless New York Jets and with division matchups in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks (8-4) and Arizona Cardinals (6-6).