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Rams Put it on the D, Get it Done When it Counts

Posted by nickwagoner on December 26, 2010 – 10:20 PM

– With the biggest game of the year hanging in the balance, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo put it on his defense to come up with the plays needed to get a win. And much like that group did in Denver little less than a month ago, it came through when it was needed most.

– On a day where big plays were the order of the day it was the Rams making the ones necessary to emerge victorious with a 25-17 win at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday.

– Real quick on the injury front before we get to some quick thoughts: Rams DE Eugene Sims was the only Ram to suffer an injury, hurting his knee early in the game. But Sims battled through it, returned and finished the game.

– First, since it was fan appreciation day, I want to take a moment to commend the fans for their work on Sunday. It was as loud and intimidating an atmosphere as this place has been in the seven years I’ve covered the Rams. Great work by the fans. It was no coincidence that the 49ers were penalized eight times for 87 yards.

– It is the hallmark of any Spagnuolo defense for the front four to provide the pass rush and push to allow the rest of the defense to do what he wants. Never was that more evident than Sunday. The Rams front four dominated from start to finish with ends James Hall and Chris Long terrorizing both San Francisco quarterbacks and Fred Robbins and Gary Gibson pushing up the middle.

– Excellent work in coverage by the Rams as well. Aside from a big play here and there, it was up to the task.

– Danario Alexander sure brings a spark to the offense, huh? The kid simply took over the game on that fourth-quarter drive that extended the lead to eight points.

– Rams RB Steven Jackson had a difficult time against San Francisco’s stout run defense but let it not be overlooked that he was outstanding in blitz pickups and allowed Sam Bradford time to throw.

– Speaking of Bradford, simply a brilliant, brilliant performance from him in the second half. He finished the day 28-of-37 for 292 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions for a rating of 107.

– In the process, Bradford set a rookie record for most completions, passing Peyton Manning.

– Excellent effort from the rest of the Rams receivers as well. Brandon Gibson made some big plays, catching three balls for 69 yards. Robinson added three for 25 and made the deciding touchdown catch.

– And what more can we say about Danny Amendola? He had eight catches for 53 yards and a monstrous kick return to set up the field goal to ice it late.

– Tip of the cap to the offensive line for its pass protection. That unit responded with a strong performance after two difficult weeks.

– I’d be remiss not to mention the job done by K Josh Brown. He hit on all three of his field goal attempts and was successful angle kicking deep to the corner to keep San Francisco KR Ted Ginn locked up.

– So now it’s pretty simple. The Rams travel to Seattle next week to face the Seahawks. The winner claims the NFC West Division and a home playoff game. In the locker room, the Rams didn’t want to celebrate much but that’s only because they know what lies ahead.

– It’s going to be a fun week, Rams fans. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Rams Put it on the D, Get it Done When it Counts”

  1. By Dave & Linda on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    We have noticed that when Sam is CLEAN shaven ….. he wins….. Sam …. NO facial hair.. please

    Go Rams

  2. By Mike Macchia on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    If this years Rams team looks & sounds familiar,it’s not a coincidence.This is awfully reminiscent of the late ’80’s Dallas Cowboys teams.In ’89,Dallas,under new ownership & coach,only won once in ’89,as did the Rams last year.In 1990,Dallas improved 6 games in the win column & went 7-9.(in fact,if it weren’t for a victory by the Saints in the last game of the season,Dallas would’ve been playoff bound).In ’91,Dallas continued their uphill climb & improved to 11-5.They beat the Bears in the wild card on the road,but lost to lions in the divisional round.The following year in ’92,they went 13-3,beat division rival Philadelphia in the divisional round,(who,mind you,had an impressive opening round victory over the talented Saints)beat the 49ers in soggy conditions in Candlestick park in the championship game,& ultimately annilihate the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl.That was the start of a dynasty that won the SB IN ’93 & 95.So far,the Rams have 7 victories.How’s this going to play out? We’ll find that out next week in Seattle.With a little luck,smart play in all 3 facets of the game,we’ll brush aside the Seahawks & roll into the playoffs with some momentum,desire,pressure experience,& confidence.However,win or lose next week,the blue prints for success are in place for a promising future.I’ll be the first to admit that I was adamant on getting Suh for the 1st round choice.However,Bradford has proven me wrong.I haven’t been this hopeful in quite some time.Good luck boys,next week & going forward.The Rams will,once again,be a force to be reckened with.And it couldn’t come @ a better time.

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