Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Rams

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Game Information
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 60,128

LOS ANGELES (AP) Sean McVay could sense his players were coming for him with the Gatorade bucket in the final minutes.

For the first time in his wildly successful debut, the Los Angeles Rams' rookie head coach didn't use his knowledge to his advantage.

"I could have avoided it if I wanted to, but I felt like I kind of had to take it a little bit," McVay said with a grin after changing out of his soaking-wet shirt.

After everything the Rams went through last season that led to McVay's arrival, the youngest head coach in modern NFL history thought his players had earned the right to celebrate the remarkable first chapter in a new year.

Jared Goff passed for a career-high 306 yards and a touchdown in his first victory as an NFL starter, and Los Angeles routed the Indianapolis Colts 46-9 Sunday in an impressive beginning for the 31-year-old McVay.

Todd Gurley rushed for a score and added 56 yards receiving while Los Angeles roared to a 37-3 lead in the third quarter.

Trumaine Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner both returned interceptions for touchdowns as the Rams snapped a six-game skid at the Coliseum with their most impressive effort since returning home from St. Louis last year.

The Rams had their highest-scoring performance since November 2014 in their first game since McVay took over a franchise that went 4-12 last season in its 13th straight non-winning season and 12th straight non-playoff season.

The players recognized McVay's role in preparing them to blast a short-handed opponent playing without star quarterback Andrew Luck.

"Sean has had success in the past, so you know that wasn't by accident," Goff said.

Los Angeles' defense also excelled against fill-in Colts quarterback Scott Tolzien. Johnson intercepted Tolzien's first pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown, while Joyner returned another pick 29 yards for another score in the third quarter.

"You always feel guilty when you let your team down," Tolzien said. "(We've) got a lot to improve on, starting with me."

Tolzien passed for 128 yards in his fourth career NFL start in place of Luck, who wasn't ready to return from a right shoulder injury.

From the disastrous opening drive to an inept fourth-quarter safety, the Colts weren't competitive without their leader. Indianapolis also played without center Ryan Kelly and top cornerback Vontae Davis.

"Obviously, we were dominated in this football game in all three phases," said Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano, who accidentally referred to the Rams as the 49ers. "Outcoached in this football game. It's my responsibility, and it falls on me."

BIG NUMBERS

Goff was 0-7 as a starter last season, but the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft looked much sharper after an offseason of study under McVay. He went 21 for 29 without an interception, hitting newcomer receivers Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and rookie Cooper Kupp for a combined 12 catches for 187 yards.

"The way we were able to execute on a lot of things today was great," Goff said.

Kupp's first NFL touchdown catch put the Rams up 24-3 in the second quarter. That's a bigger lead than the Rams held at any point over the past two seasons in St. Louis and Los Angeles, when they had the NFL's worst offense.

BAD TO WORSE

Jacoby Brissett replaced Tolzien for the fourth quarter and led Indy's only touchdown drive - but Adam Vinatieri, who missed a field goal earlier, missed his first extra point since 2014. Brissett attempted just three passes, and Pagano didn't commit to either quarterback as the starter next week.

OLD SCHOOL

New Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' unit also had a memorable debut, holding the Colts to 225 yards, getting four sacks and adding a fourth-quarter safety to its two interception returns. "We wanted to show that this is not a rebuilding year," defensive lineman Michael Brockers said. "We're ready to go."

INJURIES

Colts: Rookie LB Anthony Walker was ruled out in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Rams: Starting CB Kayvon Webster didn't return after injuring his right shoulder in the second quarter. Rookie CB Dominique Hatfield went to the locker room in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.

UP NEXT

Colts: Host Arizona. Luck might not be ready to return until October.

Rams: Host Washington. McVay was Jay Gruden's offensive coordinator with the Redskins for the past three seasons.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Rams
12:43 Greg Zuerlein 50 yd FG 0 3
11:10 Trumaine Johnson 39 yd interception return (Greg Zuerlein kick) 0 10
06:21 Adam Vinatieri 20 yd FG 3 10

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Rams
09:37 Todd Gurley II 5 yd run (Greg Zuerlein kick) 3 17
05:20 Cooper Kupp 18 yd pass from Jared Goff (Greg Zuerlein kick) 3 24
00:17 Greg Zuerlein 35 yd FG 3 27

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Rams
07:23 Greg Zuerlein 44 yd FG 3 30
07:15 Lamarcus Joyner 29 yd interception return (Greg Zuerlein kick) 3 37

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Rams
11:32 Marlon Mack 3 yd run (missed kick) 9 37
09:18 Morgan Fox safety 9 39
04:28 Malcolm Brown 3 yd run (Greg Zuerlein kick) 9 46

Team Stats
  Indianapolis Los Angeles
1st Downs 10 19
Total Yards 225 373
Passing 150 310
Passing Completions/Attempts 11-21 22-30
Yards/Pass 6.0 10.0
Rushing 75 63
Rushing Attempts 24 33
Yards/Rush 3.1 1.9
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles Lost 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Possession 25:35 34:25

Indianapolis Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Scott Tolzien 9 18 128 7.1 0 2
Jacoby Brissett 2 3 51 17.0 0 0

Los Angeles Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jared Goff 21 29 306 10.6 1 0
Sean Mannion 1 1 12 12.0 0 0

Indianapolis Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Frank Gore 10 42 4.2 0 16
Marlon Mack 10 24 2.4 1 24
Robert Turbin 2 7 3.5 0 5
Scott Tolzien 2 2 1.0 0 3

Los Angeles Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Todd Gurley II 19 40 2.1 1 12
Malcolm Brown 7 16 2.3 1 5
Tavon Austin 2 11 5.5 0 9
Jared Goff 1 2 2.0 0 2
Justin Davis 1 1 1.0 0 1
Sean Mannion 3 -7 -2.3 0 -2

Indianapolis Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
T.Y. Hilton 3 57 19.0 0 32
Donte Moncrief 1 50 50.0 0 50
Jack Doyle 2 41 20.5 0 21
Marlon Mack 1 21 21.0 0 21
Frank Gore 1 10 10.0 0 10
Kamar Aiken 1 3 3.0 0 3
Matt Hazel 1 1 1.0 0 1
Quan Bray 0 0 0.0 0
Robert Turbin 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4

Los Angeles Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Cooper Kupp 4 76 19.0 1 28
Sammy Watkins 5 58 11.6 0 24
Todd Gurley II 5 56 11.2 0 23
Robert Woods 3 53 17.7 0 27
Gerald Everett 1 39 39.0 0 39
Tyler Higbee 2 17 8.5 0 9
Derek Carrier 1 12 12.0 0 12
Tavon Austin 1 7 7.0 0 7
Pharoh Cooper 0 0 0.0 0

Indianapolis Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Matthias Farley 8 2 0 0
Rashaan Melvin 6 0 0 0
Jon Bostic 5 2 0 0
John Simon 4 1 0 0
Darius Butler 3 0 0 0
T.J. Green 3 0 0 0
Antonio Morrison 3 1 0 0
Margus Hunt 2 0 1 8
Jeremiah George 2 0 0 0
Johnathan Hankins 2 0 0 0
Malik Hooker 2 1 0 0
Al Woods 2 0 0 0
Henry Anderson 1 0 0 0
Nate Hairston 1 0 0 0
Jabaal Sheard 1 0 0 0
Quincy Wilson 1 0 0 0
Chris Milton 0 0 0 0
Barkevious Mingo 0 1 0 0
Donte Moncrief 0 0 0 0
Kenny Moore 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Lamarcus Joyner 4 0 0 0
Michael Brockers 3 2 0 0
Alec Ogletree 3 1 0 0
Robert Quinn 2 0 1 7
Tyrunn Walker 2 0 1 7
Ethan Westbrooks 2 1 1 6
Connor Barwin 2 0 0 0
Blake Countess 2 0 0 0
Morgan Fox 2 0 0 0
Trumaine Johnson 2 0 0 0
Cory Littleton 2 0 0 0
Nickell Robey-Coleman 2 0 0 0
Tanzel Smart 2 0 0 0
Matt Longacre 1 0 1 9
Maurice Alexander 1 1 0 0
Mark Barron 1 0 0 0
Samson Ebukam 1 0 0 0
Dominique Hatfield 1 0 0 0
John Johnson III 1 0 0 0
Kayvon Webster 1 0 0 0
Bryce Hager 0 1 0 0
Josh Reynolds 0 0 0 0

Indianapolis Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Los Angeles Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Trumaine Johnson 1 39 1
Lamarcus Joyner 1 29 1

Indianapolis Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Los Angeles Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Pharoh Cooper 1 35 35.0 0 35
Tavon Austin 1 13 13.0 0 13

Indianapolis Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Quan Bray 3 0 0.0 0 0

Los Angeles Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tavon Austin 3 15 5.0 0 8

Indianapolis Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Adam Vinatieri 1 2 50.0 20

Los Angeles Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Greg Zuerlein 3 3 100.0 50

Indianapolis Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Rigoberto Sanchez 6 302 53

Los Angeles Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Johnny Hekker 5 218 47