Rams Lose Finale to 49ers 28-6

The Rams wrapped up two things in their epicly terrible 2009 regular season finale.  First and foremost, the Rams clinched the number 1 overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft.    They also clinched the worst season in franchise history.  Rams fans certainly are looking forward to the possibility of the Rams drafting Ndamukong Suh, who is one of the best defensive prospects to come out of college in a decade.

The Rams played most of the game like they were playing for something instead of practically nothing.  The Rams were winning 3-0 at the half and were down only 1 point in the 4th quarter.  The turning point was a long touchdown pass to Vernon Davis on a 3rd and 1 from inside the 49ers territory that broke the back of the Rams defense.  After that point, the Rams gave in and the 49ers piled 2 more touchdowns on the Rams to complete the rout.

The Rams started rookie QB Keith Null and rookie RG Roger Allen III, both who were from Division II schools and it showed.  Both players were ineffective and neither finished the game due to injury.  Null had a few drives in which he was successful, but those drives were the ones that Steven Jackson was successful running the football, which put Null into easier throwing downs.  When Null was in obvious passing situations he was forced to take a sack or scramble for a short gain by the Rams wide receivers inability to get open down the field.

Both offenses were stuffed in the first half and much credit needs to go to the beleaguered and injured Rams defense which held the San Francisco offense in check for most of the game.  Ron Bartell had possibly his best game of the season, controlling talented rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree when he was matched up with him.  Chris Long continued his awakening from the second half of the season as he had another strong game against the run and pressured Alex Smith all game.  Long’s game ended on a low note as he was ejected from the game for a headbutt on a San Francisco offensive lineman near the end of the game as Long attacked the player in frustration.

This miserable season is finally over and the Rams can focus on the offseason and their first pick in the NFL draft.  The Rams have to look hard at the players on their roster and see which players will be on the Rams next season and who will not.  The Rams have a valuable opportunity with the number 1 overall selection and an opportunity they cannot afford to waste.


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One Response to “Rams Lose Finale to 49ers 28-6”

  1. […] Jeff Gordon wrote a very interesting post today.   Here’s a quick excerpt:The Rams wrapped up two things in their epicly terrible 2009 regular season finale. First and foremost, the Rams clinched the number 1 overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft. They also clinched the worst season in franchise history. […]

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