Twenty-two years after the Rams left Los Angeles, the team is finally back, ushering in a new generation of players, fans and hopefully wins to the city. And it does seem like they are back with a vengeance, as they beat the Dallas Cowboys in amazing comeback fashion, while close to 90 thousand fans watch the Rams return to LA.
Before the game, traffic was already congesting thoroughfares, police were working round-the-clock to ease the buildups and random men were holding signs to advertise available parking across the street-for $80. Even just as a preseason game, it was obvious that the new (old) home of the Rams was the place to be for Los Angelians.
There were 89,140 fans who flocked to the match (some might have been late so maybe 90 thousand is the final number) which set a record in ticket sales for a preseason game, according to the NFL.
Analysts even called it “an event” where the tickets will be the ones you’ll keep for the rest of your life.
“It will be an event,” said ESPN analyst Jon Gruden in reference to the Rams’ game. “This will be one of those ticket stubs you want to have. It’s an emotional time. For St. Louis, it’s just awful. For L.A., it’s exciting.”
And the game truly was, with the Rams emerging for a come from behind win, which opened with Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead scoring through a return of the opening kickoff.
Down 24-7 by the end of the first half, third-string quarterback Sean Mannion carried LA from their 17-point deficit, to win 28-24 against the Cowboys, while 90 thousand fans watch the Rams return to LA. Rams coach Jeff Fisher could not have put it any better.
“It was great, it was great” Fisher said after the game. “Anytime you get close to the Coliseum it’s hard to get in, because there are so many people. But it was fun. It was great. … We’re glad to be back.”
The Rams play the Kansas City Chiefs next on August 20.
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