Recap: Rams Lose Regular Season Finale To Cardinals 44-6, Finish Season 4-12

Recap: Rams Lose Regular Season Finale To Cardinals 44-6, Finish Season 4-12

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The 2016 is one the Los Angeles Rams would like to forget, as their first season back in Los Angeles was one of the worst in franchise history.

They had a chance to salvage it and finish with a win Sunday in their season finale when they hosted the Arizona Cardinals, but like much of the season they were not able to capitalize, falling to the Cardinals 44-6 for their seventh straight loss, finishing the season 4-12.

The Rams started the season 3-1, so they lost 11 of their last 12 games, with the last seven coming with rookie No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff at quarterback.

Once again the Rams offense was not able to get going on Sunday, as their first five drives ended in four punts and an interception. Their defense kept them close though, as Cardinals Pro Bowl running back David Johnson went down in the first quarter with a knee injury.

With a little help from their special teams in the form of a blocked punt, the Rams trailed 16-6 at halftime.

The Cardinals scored 28 points unanswered points in the second half to secure the 44-6 victory though.

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had a nice homecoming in his first game back at the Coliseum since playing for USC in 2003. He completed 20-of-38 passes for 255 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

The Rams offensive line failed to protect Goff for much of the game, resulting in him being sacked seven times. Goff had 120 yards passing, but was replaced by backup Sean Mannion once the game was out of reach.

This offseason will be a big one for Goff and the Rams, who are currently without a head coach.