ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rookie safety T.J. McDonald heard from a former Pro Bowler after he grabbed his first interception of the season.
His father, Tim, played 13 years in the NFL with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers as a strong safety. He earned Pro Bowl honors six times. He currently is a secondary coach for the New York Jets.
The 6-foot-2, 219-pound McDonald picked off Saints quarterback Drew Brees on New Orleans' first play after the St. Louis had to punt Sunday. That set the tone for the game.
The Rams scored on their first play on a 31-yard catch and run by tight end Cory Harkey. St. Louis went on get a 27-16 victory.
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