Giants defense a no-show in 51-17 loss to Rams

Rams running back Todd Gurley celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a game against the Cardinals in London

Giants defense a no-show in 51-17 loss to Rams

Los Angeles recorded three takeaways in the first half, each of which led to points.

The first half of the teams' Week 9 meeting went about as you'd expect, with the Giants parting the seas for several big Rams play through the first two quarters. Three plays later, Todd Gurley ran in his second touchdown on the way to a 51-point day for the Rams, the most allowed by the Giants since giving up 52 at New Orleans in 2015. Quarterback Jared Goff threw for a career highs in both yards (311) and touchdowns (four).

Meanwhile, the G-Men have lost seven of their last eight games and find themselves in the cellar of the NFC East, a whopping six games behind the first place Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants are still winless at home, also the first time they have started 0-4 at home since 1980. The Rams' defense appeared a little too relaxed on that drive, but there turned out to be no reason for concern.

Including a missed field goal by Aldrick Rosas for the fourth time in five games (he did not have an attempt in Week 5), the special teams outfit wasn't free of mistakes either. The Giants were driving again, and were particularly effective on the ground, and reached midfield when Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree burst into the NY backfield and stripped the ball from running back Wayne Gallman Jr.

It didn't take long for the Rams to take advantage.

The Rams, after a series of very bad penalties, faced a 3rd-and-33 play from their own 48.

The scoring continued about two minutes of game time later, when Goff connected with wide receiver Sammy Watkins on a 67-yard bomb for a touchdown. The Rams threw a quick wide receiver screen to Robert Woods, who dashed through the middle of the defense for a 52-yard touchdown catch-and-run.

At that point, the Rams were up 48-10. They then got a blocked punt from Cory Littleton and took a 41-10 lead on Goff's four-yard touchdown pass to Woods.

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