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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: November 17, 2008 1:53 am
Edited on: November 17, 2008 1:54 am
 

Week 11 Rams @ 49ers

Rams 16 @ 49ers 35

After getting whooped on the east coast by the New York Jets 47-3, the Rams traveled to the west coast to face NFC West rival San Francisco.  The 49ers, losers of six straight games would start out red hot and never have to worry about the outcome of this game.  Despite the Rams shutting out the 49ers in the second half, St. Louis surrendered 28 second quarter points falling to last place in the division with a 2-8 record.   

Frank Gore got the scoring started for San Francisco on a 5 yard touchdown run that was set up by Allen Rossum's 29 yard punt return giving the offense a short field to work with.  The Rams would answer back by settling for a Josh Brown 24 yard field goal.  After having 1st and goal from the 49ers 5 yard line, St. Louis couldn't put the ball in the end zone resulting in 3 points.  San Francisco would score touchdowns on their next four possessions.  Vernon Davis scored on a 2 yard pass by Shaun Hill to extend the 49ers lead to14-3.  On the following drive for the Rams, Marc Bulger fumbled at his own 16 yard line that set up Frank Gore's 1 yard touchdown run, his second on the day.  Next, Bulger was intercepted by Walt Harris which resulted in Shaun Hill's 1 yard touchdown run.  Lastly, the 49ers scored on another 2 yard pass from Hill to Bryant Johnson to close the quarter.  Going into halftime it was 35-3 49ers; almost as bad as the previous week when it was 40-0 Jets at the half.   

St. Louis would outscore the 49ers 13-0 in the second half to make the final 35-16.  Josh Brown connected on field goals from 44 and 48 yards.  The Rams finally found the end zone in the final two minutes of the game as Marc Bulger hooked up with Dane Looker for a 2 yard touchdown pass. 

Turnovers hurt the Rams badly and gave the 49ers short fields to work with.  The defense played poorly again, but it doesn't help their cause when their backs are already against the wall.  The 1985 Bears would have trouble keeping opponnents off the scoreboard when the drive starts in the red zone.  Marc Bulger had all three of the Rams' turnovers having 2 passes intercepted and 1 fumble lost. 

Antonio Pittman did a decent job filling in for Steven Jackson again, as he continues to nurse an injured right thigh.  Pittman carried the ball 14 times for 95 yards.  That's a pretty good performance for a backup running back on the road. 

Orlando Pace, Ronald Bartell, and Richie Incognito left in the 1st half with injuries that could mean they miss some playing time. 

Rams Player of the Game

Donnie Avery had a career best 9 receptions for 93 yards today.  He progresses more and more each game as he learns the ropes.  I think he will just keep getting better.  He has game breaking speed and is capable of beating defenders. 

Week 12 Matchup

St. Louis heads back home to take on the Chicago Bears.  Chicago (5-5) lost to Green Bay 37-3 at Lambeau Field.  The Bears defense is in trouble as they are getting beat badly on defense against the run as well as the pass.  The Bears feature a great rookie running back in Matt Forte, whom is a fun player to watch. 

 
 
 
 
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