LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Rams learned an important lesson about how close the margin for error might be in the playoffs with their 43-35 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
The Rams were left hoping that penalties to extend Eagles' scoring drives and late turnovers won't ultimately cost them a chance to use that education this season.
Self-inflicted mistakes proved decisive in a game that looked, felt and played out like a postseason contest. Former St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long stripped quarterback Jared Goff to set up Jake Elliott's go-ahead 33-yard field goal with 3:45 remaining. Brandon Graham returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown on the last play, when the Rams tried a series of desperation laterals.