Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass the ball before getting sacked by the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 15, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Saints 27-16.


The New Orleans Saints failed to lock-up an NFC playoff berth on Sunday, after falling to the St. Louis Rams, 27-16, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.

St. Louis led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, 24-3 at halftime, and then 27-3 after three quarters, before coasting to the 11-point win.

The Saints out-gained the Rams, in terms of total yards, 432-302, but were also minus-3 in the turnover margin, including two interceptions and a fumble.

Running back Zac Stacy paved the way for St. Louis, rushing for 133 yards, along with a touchdown, on 33 carries.

In a losing cause for New Orleans, quarterback Drew Brees was 39-of-56, for 393 yards, along with a touchdown and two interceptions, while Marquis Colston caught eight passes for 92 yards with a touchdown.

With the win, the Rams improved to 6-8 on the year, while the Saints dropped into a tie for first place in the NFC South with a 10-4 record.

The Saints are still unbeaten at home, at 7-0, but are now below .500 on the road, at 3-4.

Next Sunday, New Orleans travels to take on the team they are tied for the division lead with, the Carolina Panthers, at noon.

View the game box score.