LOS ANGELES—Number one overall pick Jared Goff made his NFL debut as the Rams lost to the Miami Dolphins 14-10 on Sunday, Nov. 20.
The Rams gave up a 10-0 fourth quarter lead, allowing Miami’s Ryan Tannehill to complete two late-game scoring drives, including a 9-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker with 36 seconds left in the final period.
Goff completed 17 of 31 passes for 134 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions in the Rams sixth loss of the season. The California native failed to win the game in the final moments, throwing an incompletion in the end zone as time expired.
“It felt good,” Goff said of his first career start. “We’re obviously disappointed with the result there at the end and how things turned out. We felt through the whole game how in control we were. At the end with six minutes left, we just couldn’t put it away.”
Former Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley scored one touchdown while running for 76 yards.
Ram’s head coach Jeff Fischer made the announcement that Goff would become the starter last week, and plans to stick with the rookie moving forward.
“I was disappointed in the outcome of the game, but I think you could see the light,” Fischer said after the game. “There was a light there for (Goff), so we’ll continue to allow him to get ready, continue to progress.”
Tannehill led the Dolphins with two touchdowns and 172 yards passing. Running back Jay Ajayi had 16 carries for 77 yards; Parker led all receivers with eight receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown. Miami has now won five consecutive games and is 6-4 and second in the AFC East.
The Rams have lost five of their last six games and are 4-6 overall and third in the NFC West. Los Angeles will face the New Orleans Saints in their next game on Sunday, November 27.