New England Patriots

The Patriots dropped an ugly one to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night, as Sean McVay and L.A. took the game by a 24-3 final. Click here for a full recap of the game.

Highlights: Patriots-Rams, Week 14

Q4, 10:12: Jarrett Stidham is coming in for the Patriots at quarterback. One week after coming in garbage time for the Patriots, now it’s more like garbage time for the Rams, who lead 24-3. But this feels more like a benching for Cam Newton. Get ready for a QB controversy in Foxboro.

Q3, 1:38: Rams get a gift and cash in with another touchdown. Akeem Spence’s neutral zone infraction on fourth-and-1 gives the Rams a fresh set of downs, and Cooper Kupp scores a touchdown on the very next play. Rams lead 24-3.

Q3, 11:30: The Patriots have an up-and-down (mostly down) drive to start the third quarter. N’Keal Harry made a very nice catch on a jump-ball for 30 yards, but Cam Newton also took two sacks. The third-down attempt for Harry is incomplete and there’s no flag, so the Pats have to punt.

HALFTIME: Rams, 17, Patriots 3. A hot start for the Rams offense and a pick-six for their defense have them up two scores at the half. The Patriots appeared to settle in on defense after getting shredded on the Rams’ first two drives. Unfortunately, the offense is down 7-0 on the scoreboard by itself after Newton’s ugly pick-six. But that group started to make more plays as the half went on, too. It’s just a wonder if they have enough firepower to come back from down 14.

Q2, 1:14: Patriots put together another promising drive, and at least they come away with points this time. Nick Folk is good from 29 yards and it’s now 17-3 Rams.

Q2, 4:47: The Patriots defense may be settling in after a brutal start. The Rams have to punt for the first time tonight after Jared Goff and Cam Akers can’t convert a third-and-10.

Q2, 6:48: Another disaster for the Patriots offense. A promising drive comes up totally empty, as the Pats face fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line and can’t find the end zone. Cam Newton takes it for the RPO and looks indecisive as he’s tackled under pressure, and the Rams take over.

Q2, 14:46: Disaster strikes for the Patriots offense. Cam Newton tries to find Damien Harris for a screen, but Aaron Donald slows Harris down and the throw is too long. The Rams’ Kenny Young had it read all the way and gets to the perfect spot for the interception, and he brings it 79 yards to the house for the touchdown. Rams go up 17-0.

Q1, 0:57: The Patriots get a much-needed big play from the defense, and it comes from an unlikely source. Undrafted rookie Myles Bryant rips the ball away from receiver Robert Woods as the two go to the turf for his first career interception.

Q1, 3:48: Patriots go three-and-out again. Cam Newton’s third-down attempt is batted at the line and the Pats have to give it back to L.A.

Q1, 5:20: Rams drive right down the field again, but this time the Patriots hold them to a field goal. They still can’t stop Cam Akers, who gained another 59 yards and already has 99 from scrimmage in the game. Jared Goff’s intentional grounding penalty is what set the Rams back on this possession.

Q1, 9:49: Three-and-out for the Patriots offense. Damien Harris got the ball on the first two plays and totaled one yard, then Damiere Byrd dropped Cam Newton’s third-down pass attempt. Pats have to punt it back.

Q1, 11:21: That start for the Patriots defense was … poor. The Rams picked up 60 yards on their first two plays, first with a 25-yard catch by Tyler Higbee and then with a 35-yard run by Cam Akers. John Simon also committed a five-yard penalty. The Patriots came within one play of a goal line stand, but the Rams went for it on fourth-and-goal and Jared Goff leaped and stuck the ball over the plane of the goal line. Rams take a 7-0 lead.

— The Patriots won the coin toss and elected to defer their choice to the second half.

7:10pm: Inactives are out for both teams. There’s nothing notable from the Patriots’ list, but it does mean that both rookie tight ends are active. This is the first time all season that the Patriots will have both Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene in the active lineup.

Live Blog By Matt Dolloff,

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