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Steven Jackson and Rams Beat Lions 17-10

No one would mistake the game between the Rams and the Lions as a match up of the most powerful teams in the NFL.  It was ugly at times.  It was penalty-filled.  There was a distinct lack of offense on both sides.  But all of that doesn’t matter for Rams fans.  It was a victory and that’s all that matters.  The Rams get a W on the board for the 2009 Rams, for Coach Spagnuolo and the entire franchise.

The Rams lead 10-2 at the half and had the ball at their own 38 with 2:26 left in the game.  The Rams threw three passes and got a penalty on the Lions to continue the drive.  After those three passes, Offensive Coordinator, Pat Shurmur reconsidered and gave the ball to Steven Jackson two times in a row and he responded with a 17 yard run and a 25 yard touchdown run.

Steven Jackson’s stamp was all over this game for the St. Louis Rams and his will and determination won the game for the St. Louis Rams.

The rest of the recap is after the jump!

The Rams were able to drive down the field on their first possession, but were unable to get a touchdown and settled for a 41 yard field goal.  On the next drive, the Lions drove down to the red zone and a deflected pass was interception by James Butler.  What happened next was one of the strangest and dumbest plays you could ever see.  Butler was on the ground after making the interception and could have easily stayed in the end zone for the Rams to get the ball at the 20 yard line after a touchback.  But, Butler tried to run the ball out of the end zone.  He could have easily gotten tackled at the 5 yard line for a first down for the Rams.  That would have not been ideal, but the Rams still have the ball and kept the Lions off the board.  However, Butler was unhappy with what he saw and decided to run back into the end zone to try to take the ball outside.  However, he was tripped up by RB Kevin Smith in the end zone for a safety.  Not only did he give the Lions the 2 points, he gave them the ball back.  It cannot be understated how dumb a move that was.  But, it did not come back to haunt the Rams as the defense held.  All things being considered, the 2 points were better than the 3 points the Lions would have gotten from the field goal had Butler dropped the interception.  These are the kind of mistakes that doom bad teams, but luckily for Butler and the Rams it did not doom them on Sunday thanks to Steven Jackson.

Steven Jackson had 22 carries for 149 yards and his first touchdown of the season.  When he was given the chance to run the ball (and I thought he could have been given the ball more) he broke tackles and carried Lions down the field.  A lot can be said for the problems with the Rams offense, but we will leave that for later.  The Rams won a football game and we’ll look at what went right.

The Rams only touchdown before Steven Jackson’s game icing run came on a fake field goal.  The ball was snapped to holder Donnie Jones from new snapper Ryan Neill.  Jones flipped the ball to kicker Josh Brown who ran to his left and threw the ball to tight end Daniel Fells.  Fells had leaked out of the formation and broke one tackle to run in for a touchdown.  It was a great call and exactly the type of calls the Rams need to be calling as they have nothing to lose this season.

The Rams won everyone!  We will have much more this week, but for now, enjoy it!

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