Rams beat Atlanta, take first place in NFC West

The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS Isaac Bruce wouldn't let special teams mistakes and turnovers stop the St. Louis Rams.

Bruce caught 10 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns, his third 100-yard receiving day in four games, sending the Rams past the Atlanta Falcons 21-19 last night in an unlikely battle for first place in the NFC West.

A sellout crowd of 59,700 watched what could be the final NFL game played at Busch Stadium. A news conference is scheduled for Friday to announce whether the $260 million Trans World Dome will be ready for the Rams-49ers game Oct. 22, but it's likely the Rams (5-1) will have one more game at Busch.

Bruce has caught six touchdown passes in his first year as a starter. In the last two games, he has totaled 372 yards receiving. He set up one of the scores when he ran 51 yards off a lateral on a punt return from Todd Kinchen to the Falcons' 9 late in the first half.

Special teams nearly did the Rams in this time. Kevin Ross returned a blocked field goal attempt 83 yards for a score in the second quarter and Eric Metcalf returned a wobbly Sean Landeta punt 66 yards for a score in the third quarter.

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