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Rams vs. Vikings: Running Blog

Posted by nickwagoner on December 16, 2012 – 4:42 PM

Fourth Quarter

– Bradford finds Amendola for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Rams trim Minnesota’s lead to 33-14 with 13:39 to go.

– A long way to go to get back in this one but points always welcome at this point in the game.

– A defensive stop and a 15-yard penalty got it back for the offense.

– Bradford finds Kendricks for another 6-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion makes it 33-22 Minnesota.

– Peterson strikes again, breaking two tackles and darting 52 yards to Rams territory.

– Walsh hits again from 51 yards this time. Impressive kid.

– Vikings lead 36-22 with 5:31 to go.

– Rams got to midfield on a long completion to Pettis but that was the end of that drive as four straight incompletions ended the drive. Minnesota takes over at the Rams’ 49.

– Rams got a stop and got it back at their 12.

– The Rams got Minnesota’s 12 but couldn’t convert on fourth-and-3.

– Vikings take over and will run it out.

– Minnesota wins it 36-22.

Third Quarter

– The Vikings started the second half with the ball and went three and out.

– Needing a score, the Rams offense got a 13-yard run by Jackson but that was about it and they couldn’t move the chains again.

– Minnesota takes over at its 40 after a 25-yard punt by Hekker.

– Walsh hits from 53 yards out to make it 33-7 with 5:56 to go in the third quarter.

– A little history for the Rams here as Jackson rips off a 9-yard run that pushes him past the 10,000-yard mark for his career. He’s the 27th player in league history to reach that number.

– At the end of the third quarter, Minnesota leads 33-7.

Second Quarter

– After an incompletion, the Rams converted on third down with a 7-yard completion to Amendola.

– On the next play, Bradford hit Chris¬†Givens for a gain of 22 to Minnesota’s 20.

– Jackson ran for 4 on first down there to make it second and 6.

– A 12-yard strike to Gibson made it first and goal at the 4.

– On the next play, Bradford floated a jump ball to rookie WR Brian Quick, who made a spectacular leaping catch for an apparent touchdown.

– After a review, the play stands and the Rams tie it at 7 with 12:39 to go in the second quarter.

– Minnesota started from its 18 and wasted no time getting it back.

– And who else but Peterson to make it happen. He took a draw handoff and raced 82 yards right down the middle for a touchdown.

– Minnesota back in front 14-7 with 12:21 to go in the half.

– On third and 2 from their 28, Bradford and Wells missed on a snap and Chad Greenway recovered at the Rams’ 28.

– The defense did the job in holding Minnesota to a 50-yard field goal, which K Blair Walsh converted to make it 17-7 Minnesota with 9:11 to go in the first half.

– Could have been worse for the Rams but still a costly turnover after Peterson’s big run.

– It did just get worse as Bradford telegraphed a pass intended for TE Lance Kendricks. Minnesota DE Everson Griffen jumped in front and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown.

– Minnesota leads 24-7 with 8:25 to go. Just a devastating 5 minutes for the Rams here.

– They start again at their 20.

– Three and out with two sacks allowed. After a game-tying touchdown, things have really slipped away fast for the Rams here.

– Minnesota takes over at its 32.

– Methodically, the Vikings moved into Rams territory and scored another 3 on a 38-yard field goal from Walsh. Minnesota leads 27-7 with 3:11 to go in the half.

– Rams start from their 14 and get a first down on second and 6 as Bradford finds Gibson for 11 to the Rams 29.

– Rams moved as far as Minnesota’s 34 but costly penalties and missed connections led to a missed 57-yard FG by Zuerlein.

– Vikings take over at their 47.

– Minnesota moved to the Rams’ 24 to set up a 42-yard field goal for Walsh.

– Walsh converted and Minnesota carries a dominant 30-7 lead into the locker room. Vikings scored 23 points in the second quarter.

First Quarter

– The Vikings won the toss and deferred. The Rams will receive first.

– The Rams started from their 12.

– Bradford hits Jackson for 11 on first down to move the chains but that was all for the drive.

– A second down sack by Minnesota DE Brian Robison pushed the Rams back 8 and killed the drive.

– The Vikings get it at the Rams’ 45 with great field position for their first drive. Not the ideal start for the Rams here.

– Taking advantage of prime field positon, the Vikings surprisingly did most of their damage through the air as Ponder hit TE Kyle Rudolph for a gain of 14 on first down and Jerome Simpson for 11 two plays later.

– He followed with 13 more yards to WR Michael Jenkins to the Rams’ 7.

– The Vikings converted on fourth and 1 at the Rams 7 with a 5-yard defensive holding penalty.

– On third and goal at the Rams’ 5, Ponder appeared dead to rights but escaped a sack by DE Robert Quinn and ran it in for a touchdown and a 7-0 Minnesota lead with 7:07 to go in the first quarter.

– Big miss there for the Rams defense. Despite being backed up, had a chance to force a field goal and didn’t do it. That’s something they’ve done well this year in those situations.

– The Rams start again from their 20.

– Bradford hit Amendola for 8 on first down and two Jackson runs netted 28 yards to Minnesota’s 44.

– That drive died in Minnesota territory after a holding penalty on Rodger Saffold moved the Rams back 10 yards.

– A strong punt by Hekker pinned the Vikings at their 8.

– After a quick first down, the Rams defense got the job done as Janoris Jenkins dropped Peterson for a loss of 3 on first down at the 21.

– The Rams get it back at their 27.

– A 3-yard run by Richardson was followed by 15 yards to Brandon Gibson to the 45.

– On the final play of the first quarter, Jackson ran for 6 to move it to Minnesota’s 49.

– At the end of one, Minnesota leads 7-0.

Pregame Notes

– Greetings from the Edward Jones Dome where the Rams and the Vikings are getting ready to square off to stay alive in the NFC playoff picture.

– A lot to take in here today as both teams are battling for their playoff lives, it’s fan appreciation day, RB Steven Jackson is closing in on some historic milestones and so much more.

– Good news for the Rams on the injury front as WR Danny Amendola makes his return from a foot injury. Keep an eye on him as he stops and starts. He’s having no problem accelerating and getting up to speed but it’s “catching” himself that has bothered him in recent week.

– No surprise but after missing a couple practices earlier in the week, the Rams will have the services of CB Cortland Finnegan and LB James Laurinaitis.

– The Rams inactives: QB Austin Davis, DT Matt Conrath, T Joe Barksdale, OL Chris Williams, RB Terrance Ganaway, WR Steve Smith and TE Mike McNeill.

– Minnesota’s inactives: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, CB Brandon Burton, LB Audie Cole, T Troy Kropog, G Mark Asper, TE Allen Reisner and DE D’Aundre Reed.

– CB Antoine Winfield is active this week after sitting out practice with a knee injury.

– Rams are wearing all blue today, as usual at home.

– Stay tuned for updates throughout the day.

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2 Responses to “Rams vs. Vikings: Running Blog”

  1. By Mark Bayer on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hang in there Rams. Play smart

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