– In a game the Rams appeared to have long since been out of, they found a way to battle back.
– All season, the Rams have fought to stay in games but rare was the occasion they were able to scratch their way back into a contest and actually have a legitimate shot to tie or win it late.
– But sure enough, there they were Sunday afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome against the high powered 49ers frantically rallying from a 21-point deficit. In less than two minutes, that deficit was trimmed to 7 and the Rams got the ball back with plenty of time and a chance to win it.
– Maybe it’s just the nature of the way the season has gone but that rally fell short in part because of a – wait for it- injury.
– An absolutely gutty effort from veteran QB Kellen Clemens had the Rams in position to tie it late. He had the Rams down 7 with the ball at San Francisco’s 33 and plenty of time left. Sure enough, Clemens was sacked and suffered an ankle injury that ended his game and his season. Tom Brandstater’s two pass attempts fell incomplete, ending the Rams’ hopes.
– Clemens is a self effacing, humble man and he really was as good of a pickup as your going to find at QB so late in the season. What he gave this team the past three weeks goes above and beyond expectations.
– Credit to the Rams for continuing to fight. Obviously, effort isn’t enough and wins have to come with it but considering the dire circumstances the Rams were in Sunday, their fight on Sunday was impressive.
– Another tip of the cap to the offensive line and RB Steven Jackson. They had as good a running game against a great run defense as you’ll see all year and they did it last week against another great run defense, too.
– Disappointing day for the defense. That group was great against the run but couldn’t stop the big plays in the passing game.
– Don’t know how much credit he gets in San Francisco but P Andy Lee is a machine. That guy single handedly swings field position almost every time he kicks it.
– So another season has come and gone, one in which great expectations were never close to being realized and now an offseason of question marks awaits. To all those who loyally watched and read along this year, thank you for hanging in there. It hasn’t been easy for anyone and that does not go unrecognized.
– Coming up in the next few months, we’ll have the NFL Scouting Combine and the Senior Bowl in Mobile leading up to the NFL Draft. The Rams have the No. 2 pick again this year and that figures to be prime real estate. We’ll cover it all in this corner of cyberspace and do our best to keep you up to date on all the happenings at Rams Park.
– Happy New Year, all.
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