It was a little dicey at the end, but a different St Louis Rams team showed up in the second half. Big props to Rams RB Todd Gurley who after rushing for almost no yards in the first half, exploded for a total of 140 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Gurley’s offensive production ignited the defense who sacked Lions QB Stafford 3 times and kept him on the run the rest of the game.
In the first half the Rams caught a break off a bad call by the officials which prevented what could have been a Lions TD. Karma came back and bit the Rams in the second half when another bogus ref call brought back a Tavon Austin TD return. Just north of the 2 minute warning the score was Rams 21, Lions 14. The Lions had all 3 timeouts as they attempted an onside kick. An expectant Rams special teams squad had all their ‘hands’ people out to ensure a Rams possession, but in typical Rams fashion the Lions recovered the ball near mid field. A terrible chill crawled up my spine as the Rams defense trotted out on the field. The Lions passed for 7 more yards and the game came to rest at 4th and 3 yards to go with 1:45 remaining. Luckily for us we’re playing the Lions and just as we choked up the ball… they returned the favor and gave it right back. Their center launched a wild snap which effectively ended all chances of a comeback victory.
After the abysmal offensive production of 103 yards in the first half the Rams kicked it in gear for a total of 317 yards and 2 offensive TDs. The Rams creep to a 5-8 record which keeps hopes of finishing the season at .500 alive. Next week we take on the now 6-7 Tampa Bay Bucs at home. This final home game is a great opportunity to gain momentum going into our final 2 (road) games of the season. Horns up Rams fans.
Let’s go Rams!!!