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The Rams (8-3) held off the New Orleans Saints (8-3) for a 26-20 victory today at the Coliseum.

Rams lock up Saints in win and stay atop the NFC West

The Rams gave up an early touchdown run and late touchdown pass. They did not force a turnover. And after sacking Drew Brees twice on the first series, they could not unnerve the future hall of famer the rest of the game.

But the Rams defense still proved stout on Sunday, neutralizing the NFL’s most productive offense en route to a 26-20 victory before an estimated crowd of 60,000 at the Coliseum.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff passed for two touchdowns and Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals as the Rams ended the Saints’ eight-game winning streak and improved to 8-3.

Results

NFL Week 12 scores and schedule

Today's schedule

New Orleans Saints at RAMS, 1:25 p.m.

at Atlanta Falcons 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

at Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 16

at Tennessee Titans 20, Indianapolis Colts 16

Buffalo Bills 16, at Kansas City Chiefs 10

at New England Patriots 35, Miami Dolphins 17

at Carolina Panthers 35, N.Y. Jets 27

at Philadelphia Eagles 31, Chicago Bears 3

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 1:05 p.m.

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders, 1:25 p.m.

Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers, 5:30 p.m.

 

Monday's schedule

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens, 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday's results

CHARGERS 28, at Dallas Cowboys 6

Minnesota Vikings 30, at Detroit Lions 23

at Washington Redskins 20, N.Y. Giants 10

RAMS

Rams 26, Saints 20: Kamara scores again to cut into L.A. lead

Notes

Jimmy Garoppolo finally makes his 49ers debut and throws a touchdown pass

The San Francisco 49ers have some sort of plan for Jimmy  Garoppolo, but so far it hasn’t involved throwing a pass.

But all that changed in the final seconds of the 49ers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday as the veteran backup made his debut and completed two straight passes in the final 66 seconds.

Garoppolo came into the game after rookie start C.J. Beathard suffered an apparent knee injury in the red zone. Beathard walked off the field under his own power, which is a good sign going forward, but that forced San Francisco to play Garoppolofor the first time.

On his first snap, Garoppolo ran the ball for a four-yard gain. A false start by guard Erik Magnuson backed up the 49ers to the 19-yard line. Garoppolo then connected with receiver Aldrick Robinson for a nine-yard gain.

As the clock ticked, Garoppolo quickly gathered the offense and snapped the ball in the waning seconds before completing a 10-yard pass to receiver Louis Murphy for a touchdown.

The 49ers lost 24-13, but this should give rookie coach Kyle Shanahan and company plenty to think about.

RAMS

Rams 23, Saints 13: New Orleans settles for a field goal

RAMS

Rams 23, Saints 10: Zuerlein keeps it going with a 49-yarder

RAMS

Rams 20, Saints 10: Zuerlein makes a 46-yard field goal

RAMS

Rams 17, Saints 10: New Orleans settles for a field goal before halftime

RAMS

Rams 17, Saints 7: Josh Reynolds catches first career touchdown pass

Notes

Raiders record their first interception of 2017 season in Week 12

It was bound to happen eventually.

The Raiders’ streak of games without an interception ended today when Oakland was the beneficiary of a few lucky bounces.

Denver Broncos second-year pro Paxton Lynch, making the third start of his career, threw a pass to tight end Virgil Green on second and goal from the 1-yard line and saw the ball carom off of his player, a defender and ultimately end up in the lap of linebacker Navarro Bowman, who was lying on the ground.

It was an unfortunate play for Lynch, and was set up by what appeared to be a 20-yard touchdown reception by running back Devontae Booker. Only a video replay determined Booker was down at the one.

The Raiders capitalized on the Broncos’ mistake, turning their first interception of the year into a nine-yard touchdown reception by receiver Amari Cooper.

RAMS

Rams 10, Saints 7: Kamara breaks off a huge 74-yard touchdown run

RAMS

Rams 10, Saints 0: Zuerlein makes a 50-yard field goal

Notes

Raiders' Michael Crabtree, Broncos' Aqib Talib ejected after fight

Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib have been ejected for mixing it up during the first quarter of a game at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

It’s not clear where the aggression started Sunday, but at one point, Crabtree was blocking Talib and ran the corner out of bounds and into the ground. 

UPDATE: Upon further review, It appears Talib ripped a chain off of Crabtree’s neck for the second year in a row. He did the same last year in the teams’ regular-season finale.

Talib threw a punch. Crabtree threw a punch. Both players ended up getting ejected along with Raiders guard Gabe Jackson, who was thrown out for making contact with an official.

As Talib left the field, he made his way directly through the Raiders’ sideline, prompting Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch to run over to escort him off the field.

RAMS

Rams 7, Saints 0: Watkins catches a pass for a five-yard touchdown

Notes

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen returns, only to reaggravate his foot injury

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is tackled by Jets linebacker Demario Davis during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is tackled by Jets linebacker Demario Davis during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

Greg Olsen hasn’t played since Week 2 because of a foot injury.

The Carolina Panthers tight end finally made his return Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only to exit the game in the third quarter because of an injury to his foot.

Olsen had one catch for 10 yards on four targets. He’s had just four total catches for 38 yards this season.

Olsen has had more than 1,000 yards receiving in three straight seasons for the Panthers. 

Last season, he had 80 catches — 54 for a first down — for 1,073 yards with three touchdowns.

RAMS

Who's in, who's out? Rams vs. Saints inactives

Notes

Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain ejected for throwing 'punch'

Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain was ejected for throwing a punch at Patriots receiver Danny Amendola during the third quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium.

The above gif isn’t that clear but it appears to be more of a common shove than a punch, but the officiating crew at the game felt otherwise.

McCain had an interception, two tackles and one pass breakup before he was ejected.

Notes

Yikes alert: Bears get their first first down of the game in the third quarter

Bears running back Tarik Cohen carries the ball against the Eagles during the first half of a game at Lincoln Financial Field. (Elsa Garrison / Getty Images)
Bears running back Tarik Cohen carries the ball against the Eagles during the first half of a game at Lincoln Financial Field. (Elsa Garrison / Getty Images)

The Eagles lead the Bears 24-0 at halftime. That’s to be expected.

The Bears have exactly zero first downs at the start of the third quarter. That’s … not good.

Chicago has punted on five of their six first possessions — they took a knee to get to halftime on the seventh. 

The only time they tried something different was when they missed a 56-yard field goal after recovering an Eagles fumble near midfield.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t been asked to do much so far. He’s completed six of his 11 passing attempts for 39 yards.

UPDATE: It happened! 

Trubisky completed a 12-yard pass to tight end Daniel Brown on third and 10 for the team’s first first down of the game in the third quarter.

Notes

Seven NFL players continue national anthem protests

Philadelphia's Malcolm Jenkins (27) and Rodney McLeod (23) raise their arms during the national anthem before a game against Chicago. (Chris Szagola / Associated Press)
Philadelphia's Malcolm Jenkins (27) and Rodney McLeod (23) raise their arms during the national anthem before a game against Chicago. (Chris Szagola / Associated Press)

Seven NFL players have continued their protests during the national anthem before the league's early games. 

Eagles safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod continued raising their fists, while defensive lineman Chris Long put his arm around Jenkins. 

Miami wide receiver Kenny Stills, tight end Julius Thomas and safety Michael Thomas all took a knee during the national anthem in New England. 

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters stayed in the locker room during the anthem, and Tennessee wide receiver Rishard Matthews stayed off the field as well until after the anthem ended. Matthews is inactive for the Titans with an injured hamstring. Most of the Indianapolis Colts locked arms on their sideline. 
 

Notes

Patriots use fake punt on first drive against Dolphins ... because why not?

Well, that didn’t go the way Miami drew it up.

After halting the Patriots with a three-and-out, the Dolphins sat back with their special teams unit and waited for New England to punt the ball.

Instead, safety Nate Ebner took a direct snap and ran it up the right side of the Patriots’ offensive line for a 14-yard gain on fourth and eight.

The play ultimately led to a two-yard touchdown run by running back Rex Burkhead to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead over the Dolphins.

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