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Rams vs. 49ers: Running Blog

Posted by nickwagoner on December 26, 2010 – 3:43 PM

Fourth Quarter

– After getting one first down, the Rams couldn’t move the chains again and punted it back to the Niners, who took over at their 15.

– The defense did its job, getting a three and out as Hall came up with another sack, this time on third down to get the Rams off the field.

– A monster punt from Andy Lee forced the Rams to start from their 32 with 11:23 to go.

– This time, Alexander took over, catching passes for 2 and 17 yards before a huge 46-yard grab down the sideline to San Francisco’s 3.

– On the next play, Bradford escaped pressure, rolled to the right and hit Robinson for 3 yards and a touchdown to make it 22-14 Rams with 9:36 to play.

– The Niners took over at their 19 with Alex Smith in at quarterback for Troy Smith.

– He promptly hit Josh Morgan for a gain of 33.

– The Rams defense held enough to force a 47-yard field goal from Reed, who converted to make it 22-17 Rams with 5:41 to play.

– Amendola made the Niners pay with an 83-yard return to San Francisco’s 11 with 5:28 to play.

– Jackson ran it twice for 3 yards to set up third-and-7 at the 9 with a little more than four minutes to go.

– Jackson ran it once more for a loss of 1 yard and settled for a field goal attempt from 28 yards out. Brown converted to make it 25-17 Rams with 3:51 to go.

– The Niners took over at their 23 and hit completions for gains of 16 and 18 yards to get into Rams territory.

– On third-and-9 from the 42, Chris Long made the biggest play of the game, coming up with a sack and forcing a fumble. Robbins fell on it and the Rams took over at their 46.

– On second-and-13, Gibson made a huge play for the offense on an end around, going 14 yards for a first down into San Francisco territory.

– But the Rams couldn’t move the chains again and had to punt it away again. The Niners start from their 19.

– A sack by Robbins forced the Niners to try one final pass and it fell well short. The Rams win it 25-17 and come away with a win.

– The Rams will play for it all next Sunday for the NFC West Division title.

Third Quarter

– The Niners started the second half from their 20.

– After converting a third and 8, the Rams got off the field as Atogwe intercepted Smith on another third and 8 to get it back for the Rams at San Francisco’s 41.

– Bradford hit Gibson for a gain of 9 on second down and hit Jackson for 9 more on third-and-1 for a first down.

– On the next play, Bradford hit Amendola for 10 more and a first down at San Francisco’s 13.

– But the Rams failed to get in the end zone from the red zone again, settling for a 30-yard field goal from Brown, who hit to make it 15-14 Rams with 9:39 to go in the third.

– The 49ers started their second drive from their 25.

– The Rams defense came up big again, getting another three and out to get it back for the offense.

– A penalty on the return for block in the back forced the Rams to start from their 7.

– A 17-yard completion to Robinson on third down gave the Rams a first down.

– Bradford then hit Alexander for gains of 8 and 17 and Amendola for 9 more.

– But an offensive pass interference penalty on Alexander pushed the Rams back 10 more and they had to punt. San Francisco starts again from its 25.

– San Francisco moved swiftly with more big plays as Smith hit Davis for 29 and then Crabtree for 24 more to the Rams’ 22.

– But the Rams dodged a huge bullet as Jeff Reed missed from 34 yards out to keep it at 15-14 Rams heading into the fourth quarter.

Second Q uarter

– The Rams went three and out and had to punt it back to San Francisco which takes over at its 45.

– The defense again got a three and out, stopping a Smith run a yard short of the first down to get it back for the Rams at their 16.

– Again the Rams went three and out and San Francisco made them pay this time as Ted Ginn returned it 78 yards for a touchdown to make it 9-7 Rams with 9:26 to go in the first half.

– The Rams started their next attempt at their 39.

–  They responded with a solid drive including a 19-yard completion to Laurent Robinson and a third down conversion run by Mike Karney.

– But a missed connection on third-and-4 forced a 43-yard field goal for Josh Brown to make it 12-7 with 5:42 to go in half.

– The 49ers started from their 20 and converted on third-and-13 with a 25-yard completion to Vernon Davis.

– On third-and-12, Smith hit Crabtree in stride for a 60-yard touchdown. Big plays continue to plague the Rams against the Niners, who now lead 14-12 with 2:32 to go in the half.

– The Rams went three and out yet again but managed to force San Francisco to do the same.

– The Rams got it back at their 3 but didn’t want to risk anything and ran the ball as well as the clock to end the half trailing 14-12.

First Quarter

– The Rams received first after San Francisco deferred.

– Danny Amendola took the opening kickoff to the Rams’ 29 to start.

– Bradford hit Danario Alexander for a gain of 9 on first down.

– Steven Jackson picked up 5 yards for a first down on the second play.

– On third-and-8 at the 45, Bradford hit Amendola for 9 yards and another first down to San Francisco’s 46.

– On second-and-4 from San Francisco’s 40, the Rams went to some trickery as Amendola floated a deep ball for Alexander but Alexander couldn’t get back to the ball as Nate Clements interfered and gave the Rams a first down at the 1.

– Jackson punched it in from 1 yard out for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead with 11:21 to go in the first.

– The 49ers start their first drive at their 24.

– The Niners picked up one first down but that was the extent of the drive as two runs and a James Laurinaitis sack forced a punt.

– The Rams take over at their 24.

– The Rams got a gifted first down on third and 10 as a roughing the passer penalty moved it 15 yards.

–  Jackson promptly ripped off 12 more yards to San Francisco’s 49.

– Two run plays netted 3 yards to set up a third-and-7.

– The Rams couldn’t get much further after a 5-yard penalty and Donnie Jones pinned San Francisco at its 6. A penalty cut that down and the Niners started their second drive at their 3.

– Anthony Dixon picked up 5 yards on first down but David Baas was injured on the play.

– On third-and-8 from the 5, Smith couldn’t handle the snap from new center Tony Wragge and James Hall fell on him for the safety. The Rams lead 9-0.

– The Rams get another possession from their 35 with 2:38 to go in the first quarter.

– After a 9-yard run by Jackson, Bradford hit Gibson for a gain of 41 to San Francisco’s 10.

– But the Rams lost momentum as Patrick Willis broke through with a sack and forced fumble that Manny Lawson recovered at San Francisco’s 32 to give it back to the Niners.

– The Rams defense got the job done with a quick three and out and the Rams get it back holding a 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Pregame Notes

– Greetings from the Edward Jones Dome where the Rams and Niners are getting set to square off in an important NFC West Divisional contest.

– There’s no ifs ands or buts about it, this game is do or die for both teams. If the Rams lose, there’s only one way to make the playoffs and they’ll need help to get there. If they win, they must win again next week to win the division.

– The Rams will be wearing blue on blue this week.

– Still, the Rams control their fate. Win and get in.

– If San Francisco pulls it off, they sit in good position to win the division though they’d need just a little bit of help.

– Inactives for the Rams: TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle), CB Justin King, S Michael Lewis, LB David Nixon, LB Curtis Johnson, G John Greco, WR Mardy Gilyard and DT Jermelle Cudjo.

– For the Niners: third QB David Carr, CB Tramaine Brock, CB Williams James, S Chris Maragos, LB NaVorro Bowman, T Joe Staley, T Alex Boone and TE Nate Byham.

– Stay tuned for updates throughout the game.

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7 Responses to “Rams vs. 49ers: Running Blog”

  1. By Jack on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    I’m sticking to my preseason pick….8-8 ….and a first round win @ home. Sam Bradford will be the ROY! — Watch out when he really gets help at the receivers position. Steven Jackson will benefit from this as well. Defense will step up and help the cause the next two games…..Go Rams!!

  2. By Rich on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    I’m a long-time Ram fan going back to the days of Roman Gabrel, the Fearsom Foursom through Kurt Warner and the Greatest Show on Turf – – and beyond

    It’s timefor the Rams to define the who they are. Last weeks game was painful to watch and reminded me of the last 2 years. They have proven that they are vastly improved but it’s time for them to announce that they are arriving.

  3. By Rich on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Jack, I sure agree with you about getting help at the receivers spot. Avery sure looks good if can remain healthy and play. I think the key for defense is for an offense that can keep them rested on the sidelines and score more touch downs than field goals.

  4. By Albert on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    Great play calling dont change anything Steve.

  5. By NORSKI on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    Watch out Seattle. Your next

  6. By Dave on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    Obviously happy about the win, but really worried about the running game. I don’t understand why it’s so bad. O-line seems to be pass blocking well but running game just isn’t there. Won’t win in Seattle if we can’t run the ball effectively.

  7. By Scott Owen on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    I am still looking for an explanation of offensive pass interference call on Danario Alexander toward end of third quarter when rams were driving, that call looked pretty bad to me.

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