In the first half of the game the Rams only had possession of the ball for 10
minutes. In the second half they decided to change this up. With eleven
minutes left in the 3rd the Rams executed 7 straight rushing plays. Steven
Jackson and Daryl Richardson looked great. The Rams drove to the Cardinals 16
yard line and Bradford, under pressure, threw up an interception. The Cards
used up about 4 minutes of time, but a Laurinaitis sack forced a punt.
The Rams get the ball back just outside of their own 10 yard line. Bradford
throws an incomplete pass and it is back to the run strategy. Once again
Richardson and Jackson begin to roll. To our surprise and glee Bradford
launches a 51 yard strike to Givens for the 2nd Rams TD of the night. The
score is 17-3 Rams, but there is still nearly 12 minutes remaining in the 4th
quarter. The Cardinals have pulled out amazing late game come backs in their
last 2 games. Not a single Rams fan feels assured of a victory at this point.
The Cardinals move the ball at ease. Kolb hits Larry Fitzgerald time after
time for short to mid length gains. With 6:20 left in the game the Cards are
on the Rams 3 yard line. They are hit by a very timely 10 yard offensive
penalty which slows the roll. On third down its a 7 yard pass in the middle
of the field to Fitzgerald. 4th down and 2 scores down the Cards go for it. A 3
yard pass to Larry is not enough and the Cards turn the ball over on downs. A
collective sigh of relief rolls through the dome like a wave.
Deep in our own territory we take over. 5:25 left in the game. A couple of
1st downs and this game is iced. Of course nothing is that easy for the Rams.
Bradford and crew attempt 3 (predictable) running plays in a row. Hekker’s
punt is returned for 26 yards and the Cards have the ball on the Rams 33 yard
line (WHAT???). With 3 minutes remaining it seems the Cardinal magic 4-0
mojo still has a chance to breathe. One breath and it’s choked by the
Rams MVP; the defense. The defense begins to pound Kevin Kolb. Over and over
he is hit. Once again the Cardinals lost the ball on downs and the Rams take
over on their own 20 with 2:09 remaining.
Ok, the Cards have 1 time out remaining. All we need is a single time out.
CAN WE PLEASE GET A FIRST DOWN? Once again 3 predictable runs and after eating up about 30 seconds the Rams have to kick it away (WHAT???). Who is
calling these plays (Schottenheimer)? The Rams have played a very tough game,
but they do not know how to close out a game.
Exit the Rams offense and enter the Rams MVP defense. Red zone stop after red
zone stop they are called upon once again to save the day. Cardinals Peterson
makes an 18 yard punt return and Kolb takes over on the Rams 45 yard line. This is utter torture. 1:32 left and Kolb steps back to pass. The pressure is on… Kolb scrambles and TE Robert Quin knocks the ball out of his hands. The other Rams TE Hayes recovers the ball. The game is sealed because all the Rams offense has to do is kneel down. They do this a couple of times and I fall out of my chair. The Rams win and the Rams have a winning record. The Rams improve their record to 3-2 for the year. Jeff Fisher’s Rams got the job done.