Rams rookie Alec Ogletree stole the spotlight in Denver.
"It felt great to get out there and play fast and get my first touchdown and first interception," Ogletree said at halftime. "It was a great feeling tonight."
Indeed, the first-year player out of Georgia took command of the game by making huge plays. Despite the fact that Denver quarterback Peyton Manning looked great on paper with 234 yards in the air in his half of the game, it didn't translate into points, as Ogletree was able to make outstanding plays to keep the game in the Rams' favor.
The defining moment, however, came when Ogletree stripped the ball from Denver running back Ronnie Hillman, scooped it up and trotted 13 yards for a touchdown.
Ogletree's interception came off Manning in the second quarter and was a huge momentum shift. One of his two pass breakups was a near interception in the Denver end zone where Ogletree attempted to bring the ball in with one hand, barely failing to secure it in the end.
He finished the first half with six tackles to cap his breakout performance.
Despite the fact the Rams lost the contest, 26-27, they led at the half, 20-10, with the teams playing their better players. Also of note, despite the fact Rams quarterback Sam Bradford did not throw the ball nearly as much as Manning, he managed a solid 98.4 QB rating, topping Manning's 89.6.
St. Louis wraps up its preseason slate on Thursday, August 29, as they take on the Baltimore Ravens in St. Louis.