Well, it really wasn't a triumphant return to Los Angeles for the Rams. It was more like a limp. The Rams ended the season with an embarrassing 44 - 6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at the Coliseum finishing their first season back in the City of Angels with a 4 and 12 record.
The Rams' Offense was just pathetically offensive to the announced crowd of 80,729. It could only muster a total of 122 yards the entire game. Playing consistently bad throughout the season, the offensive line played true to form not able to protect rookie quarterback Jared Goff who was sacked seven times and couldn't open holes for second year running back Todd Gurley.
"I'm not going to get into all that." Said Gurley who had 40 yards on 14 carries adding, "It's just kind of what it is at this point."
At this point, it's all over for the Rams this season.
"Our goal was to start 2017 with a win and a little bit easier vibe....clearly that didn't happen." Said Rams interim head coach John Fassel who finished 0 and 3 as the head whistle blower. The Rams special teams coach took over after Jeff Fisher was fired after a disastrous loss to the Atlanta Falcons in week 14. "I really don't have much more to add because what I would say is probably what I would've said the last couple of weeks."
For the Cardinals, a disappointing season finished on a high note. Arizona was just a win from the Super Bowl last season but finished out of the playoffs this season.
"It's always terrible when you're not playing next week." Said Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians whose team finished 7-8-1. "Whether it's the championship game or the last game of the year, you're not happy unless you put a ring on your finger."
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer made a triumphant return to the stadium where he had much collegiate success at USC. Palmer completed 20 of 38 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
"I never dreamt I would get an opportunity to play in this facility again and it was everything I could have asked for and more." Said Palmer who won the 2002 Heisman Trophy and led the Trojans to an Orange Bowl win that season. "Just a great day and a great way to finish off the season."
One of his three touchdown passes was caught by future hall of fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The 13 year veteran is contemplating retirement but didn't sound like it after the game.
"The way we were able to perform last week in Seattle followed by a good performance here in Los Angeles, I think it's bulletin board for what we're trying to accomplish moving forward."
For the Rams - who hit rock bottom - the only way is up. In the next few weeks a new head coach should be named to try and move the team in the right direction as they head towards their brand new stadium in Inglewood for the start of the 2019 season. In the meantime, they'll need to be better at the Coliseum for the next two years.