It was a beautiful day for football. High for the day was 71 and the sky was clear and blue.
What you see here is pretty close to my view of the game (I was a little to the left). I was excited to catch the game live and the guy sitting next to me didn’t seem to care I was a Rams fan. Some bottle water (I had a beer at the half) and some sunflowers seeds… The Rams win the toss and elect to receive the ball. LET’S DO THIS…
The Rams start the game on their own 15 yardline. They go 3 and out and kick it away. The Niners drive the length of the field, but are stalled at the the Rams 14 yard line and settle for a FG. Next the Niners kick the ball and this time we start from our own 20 yardline. Unfortunately, field position doesn’t really matter as the Rams go 3 and out once more. Things are about to get repetitious here because after recieving the ball, the Niners march down the field and once more are stalled and forced to kick a field goal. We have just entered the 2nd QTR and the score is Rams 0, SF 6. In Q2, the Rams manage a FG and the Niners tack on a TD. The TD came from a 3 yard Frank Gore run, but the Niners got there because SF QB Kaepernick carved up the Rams secondary. One of the keys to winning this game was for the Ram to get out and score early… Well, this may not end well for us (ok, it doesn’t… we lose).
Not too much goes on in the third QTR. Both teams are able to deliver sustainable drives and both teams fall slightly short and settle for FGs. At the end of three, it’s Rams 6, Niners 16. Sitting in a roaring Niners stadium this has become painful, but not overwhelming. Challenging, but certainly not hopeless. We’ve got to get into the end zone in the 4th to make this any kind of real contest. Instead, someone on the Rams offensive coaching staff lets out a loud and smelly brainfart. We attempt a fake punt deep in our own territory (WHAT???). We bungle it and turn the ball over to the Niners on our own 17 yard line. Who makes this call? At this point a victory is not out of the question and we’re not even in a desperate situation (yet). Kaepernick gets his hands on the ball and swiftly tosses it to SF TE Vernon Davis who runs right through us and into the end zone. This is a freeby TD and a nail in our coffin.
Now, if you look at the stats it looks like this was a fairly close game, but it wasn’t. And although it might not have been said out loud, this game was a must win for us. At 5 and 7 we are effectively out of the playoff run. Next weekend we play yet another division opponent in the AZ Cardinals. I’m really hoping this roller coaster we call ‘Rams Football’ is heading back up the track. Happy Holidays Rams fans and have a great week!