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November 20, 2012
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Rams vs. 49ers

Sam Grus

        The St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers have had a deep history back from when the Rams played in Los Angeles. When the Rams met up with the 49ers in San Francisco last Sunday, everybody expected the Rams to get their butts handed to them.

        The Rams had a 3-5 record, the 49ers went into Sunday’s game with a 6-2 record. With the Rams taking the opening kickoff they drove down the field with almost ease, and third year quarterback Sam Bradford found Brandon Quick for a 36 yard touchdown pass. After the Rams defense forced an eight and out on a tough 49er offense, the Rams produced another drive, then handed the ball to veteran runningback Steven Jackson, hoping for a touchdown. Jackson tucked the ball into his chest and plowed his way for a seven yard touchdown. The Rams exited the first quarter with a 14-0 lead.

        The shutout would not last much longer for the underdog Rams as the 49ers started off the second quarter with a long, slow, methodical drive to cut the lead to seven as 49ers’ quarterback Alex Smith found Michael Crabtee in the endzone for a 14 yard touchdown. The rest of the second quarter was pretty much a lot of three and outs from both the Rams and the 49ers as both defenses stood their grounds. Although in the middle of the second quarter, San Francisco lost their quarterback Alex Smith to a concussion and would have to depend on backup Collin Kaepernick under center for the remainder of the game.

        St. Louis came into the second half ahead 14-7, and looked to add to their lead. After both teams opened up the second half with more three and outs, the Rams soon found a bright spot when Danny Amendola returned a punt 66 yards; however after a penalty, St. Louis was only credited with a five yard return. Soon after the penalty, St. Louis found themselves driving down the field, looking like they could not be stopped. However once they arrived in field goal range, they could not seem to move the chains. That was when so they brought in rookie kicker, Greg Zuerlein to build their lead. He added three points to their lead with a 27-yard field goal. After the kickoff, the 49ers were given enough time to run one play before the end of the third quarter. The play was ruled incomplete and St. Louis had only one more quarter left to win the game.

        San Francisco started the fourth quarter off with a bang as they drove the ball down the field quickly and efficiently to bring St. Louis’ lead down to three. On the kickoff after the touchdown, Rams kick returner fumbled the ball on his own 31 yard line. The 49ers recovered, and one play later Frank Gore was celebrating in the endzone, as he had given San Francisco its first lead of the day. Sam Bradford rallied his troops and drove them down the field once again to hook up with Autin Pettis to regain the lead. After the touchdown, the Rams led 24-21, and all San Francisco needed was a field goal to tie the ball game. That is exactly what happened. David Akers came in and nailed a 45-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.

        St. Louis won the coin toss, and chose to receive the ball. Not long after, Sam Bradford found his favorite wide receiver Danny Amendola for an 80-yard pass, but the play was brought back because of a penalty on the Rams. After that, both teams blew field goals with penalties. The National Football League had not seen a tie since 2008, however, Rams and the 49ers tied for a final score of 24-24. This game might not be important to the Rams, but the tie could mean home field advantage in the playoffs for San Francisco.


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