Los Angeles - The New Orleans Saints lost franchise quarterback Drew Brees to a right hand injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Rams at Los Angeles Coliseum and entered halftime trailing 6-3.
Brees left late in the first quarter after his right hand hit the hand of Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Brees was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater, who led the team on its lone scoring drive, a 25-yard effort that ended with a 34-yard Wil Lutz field goal.
Donald left the game on the next possession with a back injury but returned to the game.
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan ended a Rams scoring drive when he recovered a fumble by Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff at the 13-yard line. The fumble was forced by defensive end Trey Hendrickson. Jordan returned it for a touchdown but because the officials initially called it an incomplete pass he couldn't move the ball forward. Jordan had a sack earlier in the game. The Saints drive ended near midfield when running back Alvin Kamara couldn't convert a fourth-and-1.
The Rams scored on two Greg Zuerlien field goals, one from 24 yards, the second from 22 yards.
The Saints (1-0) and Rams (1-0) are playing for the first time since Los Angeles' controversial win in last season's NFC championship game.
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