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Rams vs Panthers: Q4 Update

The fourth quarter was definitely the most exciting quarter of the game. Remember at the end of the third QTR the Rams punted the ball away? A few plays later Steve Smith fumbles and the Rams’ offense is given an opportunity to show their faces. With a 33 yard pass to Gibson and then a 23 yards pass to Fells, the Rams show not only their face, but a leg, an arm, and even a big toe as they cross into the end zone for their first score of the half. In high school football this might be time for the other team to roll over (17-3 Rams), but not in the NFL.

The Panthers came right back with 2 long pass attempts. On the first, safety Bartell breaks up the play and then the Rams (Butler) intercept the ball after it was deflected at the line. The Rams takeover on the Panther’s 28 yard line and with the help of a poorly timed off sides penalty, the Rams are able to run several minutes off the clock before tacking on 3 more points with a Josh Brown field goal. At 20-3 Rams, the Panthers are still not ready to go down. They work their way down the field and culminate the drive with a 17 yard TD pass from Moore to LaFell. (20 -10 Rams)

The Panthers attempt an onside kick, but the Rams recover. The Rams keep the ball on the ground and run off as much time as possible. With the biggest special teams play of the game, the Rams pin down Jones’ punt on the Carolina 2 yard line. You can feel the desperation in the air as Moore tries to make something happen for his team. A long pass to Steve Smith is under thrown and once again Atogwe makes them pay. Atogwe makes an exciting run after the catch taking the Rams to the 2 yard line. The Rams are hit with a meaningless ‘celebration’ penalty pushing them back 15 yards. Sitting on the Panthers 18 yards line, we simply kneel down and soak in the victory. The Rams played the entire 60 minutes today and it made the difference. The Rams move to a 4 and 4 record with this 20-10 victory. Congrats to the Rams who will a get a well deserved rest as the go into next week’s bye.

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One Response to “Rams vs Panthers: Q4 Update”

  1. thisguy says:

    Loved the Atogwe tribute to Isaac Bruce. Didn’t even mind the penalty associated. This seems like a Rams team that wants to win, and understands the legacy.

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