Tag:Pisa Tinoisamoa
Posted on: December 22, 2008 1:45 am

Rams Week 16 Recap

San Francisco 49ers 17 @ St. Louis Rams 16

The Rams would blow another game late as the 49ers won the game by scoring two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game.  The Rams defense had silenced the 49ers offense for 55 minutes producing 4 turnovers and 4 sacks.  After trailing 3-0 after one quarter the Rams would score 16 consecutive points, 10 of those coming in the last two minutes of the first half.  However, the Rams had to settle for a 22 yard Josh Brown field goal after a 15 play 60 yard drive had stalled on the San Francisco 4 yard line.  St. Louis had 1st and Goal on the SF 5 and failed to score a touchdown that could have potentially been enough to seal the game for the Rams.  The Rams called terrible playcalls near the endzone.  On 1st and Goal Steven Jackson carried the ball for a loss of 3 yards.  On 2nd down Jackson got the call again, this time gaining a yard.  On 3rd and Goal from the 7, Marc Bulger had to scramble and only gained 3 yards to get to the 4 yard line.  It looked like a give-up drive.  Not one play looked like it was designed to put 6 points on the board.  Torry Holt has been an effective receiver most of his career; why not call a fade route towards the corner of the endzone for him to attempt to jump and grab?  The play calling is just too conservative.  A play like that hasn't been seen since the Mike Martz era.  Maybe the coaching staff thinks they lack playmakers that are unable to catch touchdowns within the 5 yard line? 

San Francisco waited until there was less than 5 minutes remaining in the game before finding the endzone.  Shaun Hill connected with Isaac Bruce for a 3 yard touchdown reception.  The touchdown for Bruce was his 1000th career reception.  After spending 14 years with the Rams, it was a given that he would accomplish that feat against his former team today. 

After a Rams 3 and out, the 49ers got the ball back with plenty of time.  Trailing 16-10 with 2:27 and possession at their own 33 yard line, Shaun Hill was sacked by Pisa Tinoisamoa for a loss of 7 yards.  Then on 2nd and 17, defensive end James Hall was flagged for encrouchment, and gave the 49ers 5 free yards to make it a more managible 2nd and 12.  Hill would complete his next three passes and give the 49ers a 17-16 lead after throwing a 48 yard touchdown to Josh Morgan with 90 seconds to go. 

The Rams had one last chance to move into field goal range to win the game and on 4th and 9 at the Rams 38 yard line, Bulger threw a pass that was tipped by the defense and Donnie Avery managed to concentrate and make a sideline circus catch at the 49ers 45 yard line.  Then came a running play which Steven Jackson lost 3 yards on.  With 25 seconds left, why are you calling dumb plays like that?  It was stupid, and on the next play the 49ers sealed their win when Marc Bulger was intercepted.  The 49ers would win 17-16, a game that should have easily been another Rams victory. 










Week 17 Matchup

The Rams close the 2008 season on the road as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.  St. Louis (2-13) and Atlanta (10-5) don't have much to play for.  One team is watching the playoffs on television and the other already has wrapped up the 5th seed.

Posted on: October 13, 2008 12:25 am

Week 6 Rams Report

St. Louis Rams(0-4) @ Washington Redskins(4-1)

In their first game under interim coach Jim Haslett, the Rams pull off the upset by beating the Washington Redskins 19-17 on the last play of the game with a  49-yard field goal by Josh Brown

The game started off with the Rams turning the ball over on their own 4-yard line.  Washington quickly took advantage on a Clinton Portis touchdown to give them the 7-0 lead.  Josh Brown would hit a 51 yard field goal to put the Rams on the board later in the quarter.  Trailing 7-3 with about :30 seconds remaining in the half, Washington was driving down the field in their no-huddle offense.  Jason Campbell went back to throw and had the pass tipped at the line.  Pete Kendall, a Redskins lineman, caught it and tried to advance the ball but had it knocked loose by Pisa TinoisamoaO.J. Atogwe picked up the fumble and ran it in for a 75-yard touchdown and gave the Rams a 10-7 at halftime.  It was atleast a 10 point swing due to Washington being within range of a field goal when the turnover occured. 

St. Louis would tack on 6 more points in the 3rd quarter on a pair of Josh Brown field goals to make it 16-7.  However, it wouldn't be an easy finish for the Rams.  Washington answered back by scoring 10 consecutive points in the 4th quarter.  Portis ran into the endzone for his second touchdown on a 2-yard run giving Washington a 17-16 advantage.  With just under 4 minutes to play the Rams would get the ball back at their own 24 yard line.  After gaining a couple first downs and just over 1 minute to go the Rams faced a key 3rd down and 13 at their 41 yard line.  Quarterback Marc Bulger then completed a 43-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Donnie Avery that set up 1st and 10 at the Washington 16 yard line.  The Rams were well within Josh Brown's range to give him a chance to kick the game winning field goal.  Then came one of the dumbest things a player can do.  Richie Incognito got flagged for unsportsmanline conduct after jawing at an official.  It would set the Rams back 15 yards and make their chances of winning a lot harder.  However, with two seconds remaining Brown would hit his 4th field goal of the game giving the Rams their first win of the season.  The Rams became the first team since the 2000 Lions to win their first game after replacing their head coach during the regular season. 

Rams Player Of the Game

I think two game balls are deserved here.  One for Josh Brown, and the other for O.J. Atogwe.

Josh Brown was 4 for 4 on field goals.  He hit from 51,25,44, and 49 yards.  His 49-yarder was the game winner. 

O.J. Atogwe returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown right before the end of the first half.  It not only gave the Rams a 10-7 lead, but kept Washington off the scoreboard as the fumble kept them from adding more points while they were deep into Rams territory. 











Week 7 Matchup

The Rams head back to St. Louis with a 1-4 record to take on the Dallas Cowboys whom are 4-2 after losing to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime.  Hopefully the Rams can take the momentum from this game and build on it.  Dallas has been struggling as of late, but have many weapons on offense that can break out at any time. 

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