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Long-distance call: Thomas helps Saints beat Rams 45-35


Michael Thomas caught a late 72-yard touchdown reception and then celebrated with a cellphone in a throwback to another famous New Orleans play, and the streaking Saints handed the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season with a 45-35 win on Sunday.


Williams, credited with causing two turnovers in New Orleans' previous victory at Minnesota, broke up a fourth-down pass intended for Brandin Cooks, virtually sealing the result.


Los Angeles rallied to tie the game at 35 with 21 unanswered points in just less than 21 minutes off the clock, starting with Greg Zuerlein's 56-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.


After another field goal cut New Orleans' lead to 35-27, the Rams forced a second straight punt and tied the game on Cooper Kupp's 41-yard catch and run along the left sideline.


The tenor of the game changed when outside linebacker Samson Ebukam stripped New Orleans running back Mark Ingram and defensive Aaron Donald recovered on the Saints 22.


The Rams challenged, but the call stood, and the Saints marched back down the field, scoring on Brees' quick hit over the middle to rookie Tre'Quan Smith from 4 yards out.






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