– The Falcons continued to march and the Rams again held after just missing a chance for another interception as Jerome Murphy and Craig Dahl converged on the ball.
– Bryant hit from 21 yards out to make it 26-17 Atlanta with 7:57 to go.
– The Rams went no huddle and marched quickly into Atlanta territory before Bradford was finally intercepted on a shovel pass at the goal line to kill the drive and seal the win for Atlanta.
– The Falcons take over at their 13 with 3:24 to go and holding a 26-17 lead.
– The Rams got a three and out and got it back but couldn’t generate any offense and the Falcons take over again at the Rams’ 45.
– On third down, Turner finally broke loose for a 39-yard touchdown run to make it 34-17 Atlanta with 1:52 to go after the two-point conversion.
– That would do it as the Rams fall to 4-6 with a 34-17 loss.
– The Falcons started with the ball and went three and out to give it back to the Rams.
– Amendola had a big return to the Falcons’ 37 and the Rams immediately went to work.
– Jackson broke off a 16-yard gain off right tackle on first down.
– Amendola caught an 8-yard strike from Bradford to Atlanta’s 13.
– On second-and-2 from there, Bradford floated a perfect pass to the left corner of the end zone to Gibson for a touchdown to make it 17-16 Rams with 11:56 to go in the third quarter.
– Atlanta started its second second half possession from its 28.
– After a first down pick up, the Rams defense held again and the Rams got it back at their 6 after a big punt from Michael Koenen.
– The Rams went three and out and Atlanta got good field position again, this time from its 42.
– The Falcons again took advantage and moved swiftly into Rams territory as Turner picked up 12 on the first play and Gonzalez went for 16 on the second.
– A 12-yard completion to Justin Peele set up his 2-yard TD grab two plays later. With 2:01 to go in the third, Atlanta leads 23-17.
– Rams went three and out again, starting from their 20.
– Atlanta takes over at its 24.
– At the end of three, Atlanta leads 23-17.
– Bradford took a shot deep on the first play and just missed Robinson deep down the left sideline.
– Jackson gained 7 on second down but a third down incompletion set up a 53-yard field goal attempt for Brown. He converted and the Rams lead 10-3 with 14:14 to go in the half.
– The Falcons got a 55-yard kickoff return by Weems to the Rams’ 47.
– Atlanta took advantage of the field position and moved quickly to tie it up.
– A 15-yard late hit penalty on Atogwe pushed the Falcons to a first down at the Rams’ 14.
– Two plays later, Ryan hit Brian Finneran for 12 yards and a touchdown to tie it at 10 with 12:27 to go in the second quarter.
– The Rams started their next drive from their 10 after a penalty.
– An offensive pass interference call on Gibson nullified a first down catch and the Rams were unable to get untracked, punting it back to the Falcons, who took over at their 46 with more good field position.
– Atlanta again moved quickly, connecting on passes for gains of 16 and 16 to set up a 29-yard field goal by Bryant to make it 13-10 Atlanta with 7:01 to go in the quarter.
– The Rams started their next drive from their 20 but could get only a 9-yard completion to Bajema as Jackson was dropped for a 2-yard loss on third down.
– The Falcons started at their 32 and yet again moved quickly as the Rams struggled in coverage. Ryan hit White for 19 yards and Jenkins for gains of 8 each time.
– A 7-yard completion to Gonzalez gained 7 more for a first down at the Rams’ 12.
– Two runs set up a third-and-4 at the 6.
– Ryan threw incomplete and the Falcons settled for another Bryant field goal, this time from 24 yards out to make it 16-10 Atlanta with 32 seconds to go in the half.
– At the half, Atlanta leads 16-10.
– The Rams won the toss and elected to receive, starting from their 16.
– Bradford dumped it off to Steven Jackson for a gain of 9 yards on first down. He followed with a 2-yard rush for a first down. But that was all the Rams could muster and they punted three plays later.
– Atlanta got its first possession at its 33.
– The defense got a three and out with the help of a false start and an unnecessary roughness flag on Roddy White.
– The Rams began again with good field position at their 48.
– Bradford faked a bubble screen to Amendola and hit Laurent Robinson for a gain of 24 on the first play to Atlanta’s 28.
– After a 3-yard run by Jackson, Bradford rolled right and threw back to the left to a wide open tight end Michael Hoomanawanui for 25 yards and a touchdown.
– The Rams lead 7-0 with 9:52 left in the first.
– Atlanta started its second possession at its 20 and moved quickly into St. Louis territory with the benefit of some big plays. Matt Ryan hit Eric Weems for a gain of 18 on third-and-3 and later hit White for a 26-yard pickup on third-and-14.
– The Rams defense was able to hold and force a 42-yard field goal from kicker Matt Bryant. That conversion made it 7-3 Rams with 3:13 to go in the first quarter.
– The Rams had some issues on the kickoff as Amendola dropped it and they started from their 7.
– Unfazed, Bradford and the Rams began marching as he connected with Gibson for a gain of 9 followed by a 10-yard strike to Amendola.
– On second-and-10, Bradford hit Hoomanawanui for a gain of 18 down the left sideline as the rookie rose up and made a beautiful grab over a defender.
– A 10-yard run by Jackson two plays later gave the Rams a first down at Atlanta’s 42 to end the first quarter.
– Greetings from the Edward Jones Dome where the Rams and Falcons are preparing for a 3:05 kickoff in a game with plenty of implications for both teams.
– At 4-5, the Rams are looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss last week in San Francisco. The Rams have proved resilient time and again this year but this figures to be their biggest challenge in that regard yet.
– That’s because Atlanta comes in here at 7-2 and playing better than perhaps any team in the NFL. The Falcons have been better at home than on the road (who hasn’t?) but still come in with a dynamic, balanced offense complimented by an opportunistic defense that has forced 19 turnovers this year.
– On the inactive front, the Rams will be without: CB Kevin Dockery, CB Quincy Butler, S James Butler, G John Greco, WR Danario Alexander, TE Derek Schouman, DE Eugene Sims and DT Darell Scott.
– All were healthy enough to go but the Rams wanted to be cautious with James Butler and Alexander to get them fully healed before having them up.
– For the Falcons, DE John Abraham is the big name on the inactive list. That should ease some of the pressure on rookie LT Rodger Saffold and allow Sam Bradford more time to throw.
– The Rams are wearing the blue on blue today.
– Stay tuned for updates throughout the game.
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