Sean McVay accepted responsibility as the Rams’ unbeaten start to the NFL season came to an end at New Orleans.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees continued to defy age on Sunday in a 45-35 victory in which he threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns.
The Rams threatened to rally after a one-sided first half, scoring 18 straight after halftime to tie the score, but Brees reconnected with Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas to hand Los Angeles its first defeat.
While New Orleans moved to 7-1 with seven straight wins, the Rams are pegged back to 8-1 and McVay believes his calls contributed to the defeat.
“I thought our team did a great job fighting back in the second half,” McVay told reporters. “We had some things that didn’t go our way in the first half— they jumped out to a 21-point lead — we were able to get a field goal at the end of the first half and then tie it up at 35 apiece.
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“There were some play selections by me where I didn’t put us in good spots to get back in that game.
“The defense tightened up, they made the critical plays at the end and did an excellent job. I can’t wait to go back and look at this film and figure out what we can do to be better.”
Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns but also had a costly interception. He is confident the Rams will bounce back.
“It was a good, full four-quarter game and we showed our ability to fight back,” Goff said. “Building on last week, we showed the ability to be down and be out and we made it a tight game at one point.
“We were right there in it and just came up a few plays short. I think we’re just going to learn from it and move on to Seattle [to play the Seahawks on Sunday].”