The last time the Rams beat the 49ers was in week 16 of 2010. Rookie QB Sam Bradford went 28 for 37 for 292 yards and a TD. 2010 Pro Bowler Steven Jackson had 24 touches for a mere 48 yards and a TD. The game was played at the Edward Jones Dome, but that is about the only thing regarding the match up that will be similar to Sunday’s upcoming contest. 2010 was pre-Harbaugh and pre-Fisher. In 2010 the Rams also had a new head coach in Steve Spagnuolo who lead the team to a much improved season of 7-9, but was subsequently exposed in 2011 going 2-14 and then released by Rams management.
In the rebuilding process Harbaugh is a year up on Fisher. In 2012 Fisher joined a less talented Rams squad versus the 49er team Harbaugh stepped into in 2011. Nonetheless, at 4-6-1 the Rams have improved upon last years results. In week 10 of this season the Rams and 49ers meet in an epic battle that ended in a draw. It seemed as if the Rams should have come away with the win, but both teams blew opportunities that would have swayed the outcome their way. The Rams had a very strong start scoring 2 TDs in the first quarter. That will be a little more difficult in the upcoming game since Rams #1 WR Danny Amendola is doubtful to play due to a foot injury. In fact several key Rams players are questionable for the game (C Scott Wells, LB Mario Haggan, RT Barry Richardson, and DE Robert Quinn). The 49ers are giving their former back up QB Colin Kaepernick the start and we expect the Rams defense to make every effort to throw him off his game.
In order to beat the 49ers someone on the Rams receiving core has to step up and take over the slot receiving duties of speedster Amendola. Also, we must bring all of the solid on field attributes exhibited at Candlestick Park back here to St Louis (aggressive play calling, great execution on both sides of the ball, an explosive running game, tough pass defense etc). This minus painful turnovers, poor execution, and extremely poor game management later in the game could give us an edge. Although 4 wins isn’t a huge pool to select from, 3 of them were achieved at home and at the very least that could be a mental edge for the Rams.
No, we’re not living in denial. We know we’re huge under dogs in the game, but we played the 49ers very tough last time and we can do it again. Execution is the key. Go Rams!!!