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He was just having a bit of fun Youth Rob Havenstein Jersey , paying homage to former Saints receiver Joe Horne's own cell-ebration 15 years ago.Just as Horne did, way back when, Thomas pulled a phone out from the padding of the goal post after scoring a TD, this one an outcome-sealing 72-yarder that made Los Angeles cornerback Marcus Peters look pretty bad in the fourth quarter of the Saints' rollicking 45-35 victory over the previously unbeaten Rams."Giving people a show," Thomas said.He was referring to his tribute to Horne, but he could have been talking about his entire performance Sunday — 12 catches for a franchise-record and NFL-season-high 211 yards — or the game as a whole.What a game it was, marking the Saints (7-1) as serious contenders and exposing the Rams (8-1) as defensively flawed, all the while offering entertainment by the minute.This season's elite teams have established themselves. These two in the NFC are joined by the AFC troika of the Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) and sudden superstar Patrick Mahomes, the New England Patriots (7-2) and the Los Angeles Chargers (6-2). Worth mentioning: KC's only loss came against the Patriots; the Chargers' two setbacks came against the conference-leading Chiefs and Rams.Let's get back to the moment that got everyone talking.Prescient as can be, Thomas said he'd prepared one old-fashioned phone of the sort Horne used in each end zone.Kind of cocky? Sure. But also justifiable, considering that Thomas is now up to 70 catches for 880 yards and five scores, quickly establishing his pairing with Drew Brees among the most dangerous QB-WR tandems in the league.Of course, Thomas drew a flag assessed on the ensuing kickoff."This is too big of a game to be risking those kinds of yards," intoned announcer Troy Aikman on the Fox broadcast.Even Deion Sanders, of all people, said on the NFL Network he thought Thomas made a mistake. That's because while the rules allow — as they should — the sort of choreography the Seattle Seahawks come up with week after week, what Thomas did is penalized because he used a prop.Now THAT'S a terrible call.In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL season's ninth Sunday:BRADY VS. RODGERS WITH A TWISTCount on Bill Belichick to dream up something to remind everyone that he's as creative a coach as there is. The pregame focus was entirely on Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers — and which QB is really the greatest of all time — before New England's 31-17 victory over Green Bay. So, naturally, missing Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel to injuries, Belichick figured out ways for somebody other than TB12 to shine. Kick returner Cordarelle Patterson is suddenly a running back, gaining 61 yards on 11 carries with a TD, and the go-ahead touchdown was set up by a 37-yard completion — thrown not by Brady, but by receiver Julian Edelman .CAN HE KICK IT?Well, um Youth Austin Blythe Jersey , no. Not very well. Not lately, anyway. And now he's out of a job. Caleb Sturgis had a pair of errant extra points and also flubbed a 42-yard field-goal try, but none of that mattered to the outcome, because LA defeated the Seattle Seahawks 25-17. Still, not surprisingly, the Chargers released Sturgis, who blew a PAT and a FG in three consecutive games, a trio of trip-ups no NFL kicker had managed to pull off since Jim Breech of the Raiders in 1979. Overall this season, Sturgis missed 10 kicks — yes, 10! — and went 9 for 15 on extra points and 9 for 13 on field-goal attempts.JULIO'S IN THE END ZONEHard to believe, given just how good he is, but 12 games and nearly a full calendar year had passed without Falcons wideout Julio Jones scoring a TD until he took a short pass from Matt Ryan and took it 35 yards during Atlanta's 38-14 win at the Washington Redskins. If there were any questions about what Jones means to his teammates, it was clear when dozens came streaming off the sideline to surround him for congratulations in the end zone. "We were all fired up," Ryan said, "for him to get in there."AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this reportFollow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at ://HowardFendrich Jared Goff watched the Los Angeles Rams' entire preseason from the sideline. He hasn't thrown a pass in a game since last January, when he lost his first NFL playoff start.When he steps under the Monday night lights in his native Bay Area, the third-year quarterback is eager to show what he's learned and how he's grown during eight long months without real football.And for fans expecting a thrilling encore to last season's utter transformation by Goff and the Rams' offense, he plans to have a little something for them, too."There's a bunch of stuff we've been working on this offseason that we're ready to display on Monday night," Goff said. "A lot of the stuff is from last season that we're going to continue to do, and then a lot of new stuff that we're doing. What we're going to do, and how we're going to do it, I don't know. But there's a lot of stuff that we're excited to put on the field finally that we've been working on for so long this offseason."Goff is aware of the expectations on him as the Rams begin a season with Super Bowl expectations against the Oakland Raiders. With new coach Sean McVay guiding him last year, Goff shrugged off a disappointing rookie season and became one of the NFC's most productive quarterbacks as the Rams doubled their point total from 2016 and made a seven-win improvement in the standings.But Goff also knows he and the Rams haven't actually proven much in the areas that matter, beyond winning a division title and asserting themselves as a contender. Goff's 3 White Ndamukong Suh Jersey ,804 yards passing were 10th in the league — although he probably would have been higher if he hadn't been rested for the season finale — and his completion percentage (62.1) was 17th.Goff went into the offseason knowing he had ample work to do. His teammates and coaches say he has done it well, and they're already seeing the results in practice."Just little stuff, like him telling me stuff when he doesn't need to," running back Todd Gurley said. "You just see his progression. Just going through his routes, going through the first receiver all the way down to his checkdown and to me. He's been getting better each day, just taking those little steps. (He) doesn't like when he's out there messing up, and that's what you love in a quarterback."Goff got no preseason snaps because McVay decided he didn't want to play his first-string offensive line, which started 15 consecutive games together last season and played a major role in keeping Goff upright and effective. So even though Goff probably could have used the work, however brief, he sat out in August along with Gurley and all of the Rams' top skill-position players.That means Goff will go into Monday's game at Oakland having never thrown a pass in a game to Brandin Cooks, the Rams' high-priced new receiver.The way Goff looks at it, the inactivity means no opponents will know exactly what to expect from Los Angeles' inventive coach and talented group of playmakers."Very excited to get some truly competitive action with our offense," Goff said. "It'll be really cool. The defense only played a little bit (in the preseason) too, and I know they're excited as well."Goff, who grew up a 49ers fan in Marin County, has played in only one real NFL game back home. He beat the Niners last September with three touchdown passes in Santa Clara, earning the first road victory of his NFL career and the Rams' first of 10 wins in 13 games.But Goff's NFL career technically began with another Monday night game in the Bay Area: The No. 1 overall pick was inactive as the third quarterback in the Rams' season-opening, 28-0 loss to the 49ers two seasons ago. That year's misery, which included Goff's 0-7 record as a starter, was largely erased in the public mind by his impressive sophomore season.Goff hasn't forgotten the frustration of his rookie year, and it lingers as a motivating force."It does feel like a long time ago," Goff said of that trip to Santa Clara in 2016. "I guess it was what, two years ago? It feels like forever ago. ... I've grown up a lot in those two years. I was 21 then. I'm 23 now. Not too old now, but a little bit older than I was then."