2. Jared Goff’s interception at the end of the first half
If there was one play that I had to choose that shifted the entire balance of the game it would be this. And while the Rams did recover from this moment and brought the game back to a tie, this game could have turned into something completely different without this one interception.
With a minute and six seconds left in the first half of the game, the Los Angeles Rams took the ball over with a 14-point deficit. With the team receiving the kick in the second half and a chance to score, there really was no concern for the Rams at that point.
That drive never got off the ground as Alex Anzalone picked off Jared Goff on the first play of the drive and put the Saints in scoring range. That eventually lead to a Saints touchdown and a three-score deficit for the Rams. The team did trim the lead to 18 going into the half.
That interception changed the complete complexion of the game. The Rams could have gone into the half with just a seven-point deficit and a chance to tie the game right off the bat in the second half. The worst-case scenario was a two-touchdown deficit.
Instead, the Rams gave the Saints a free score and had to make up three possessions. The Rams did cut that lead and did tie the game at 35 but then also allowed a field goal and touchdown.
It could have been a 38-38 game. Instead, the Rams lost 45-35. It does not stop there, though.