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Rams Lay Egg At Candlestick

Posted By Chaz Ingram On Dec 5 2011 @ 3:52 pm In St. Louis Rams | No Comments

[1]I am certain that I’m not the lone Rams fan who wishes that this season would just end already and the draft begin.  In a season when St. Louis was projected to be better than the San Francisco 49ers it has been the anything but that as both teams have been a surprise in 2011. The rejuvenated Niners are head and shoulders above the disappointing Rams and proved it Sunday with a 26-0 shutout at Candlestick Park.

Everyone expected a rebuilding season this year after San Francisco ran beleaguered coach Mike Singletary out of town after a 6-10 campaign in 2010. But feisty head coach Jim Harbaugh has put himself ahead of the curve and exceeded expectations with an impressive first season by producing a division champion in San Francisco for the first time since 2002.

In contrast St. Louis has been a total disappointment and have fallen far short of fans and the orgainzations’ expectations in 2011 in what was supposed to be a coming out year for QB Sam Bradford.  After a rookie season in which Bradford was named “rookie of the year” with more than 3,500 yards passing he led the team to a 7-9 record barely missing the playoffs in 2010. [2]

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The 49ers Kyle Williams scores TD against Rams

Unfortunately for Bradford things have not panned out so well in this his sophomore season in the league.   While he has been plagued by injuries that have kept him out of three games Bradford has not been very sharp in the games in which he has played. His stats so far this year reads like so: 1,971 yards passing,  6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.  He’s also fumbled ten times on the season and lost seven of them. In 2010 he had 5,512 yards passing, 18 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. 

I would venture to say that Sunday’s loss to the Niners was somewhat expected. It’s the shutout that’s got me totally mind boggled.  But to be unable to even get in field goal range is pretty pathetic. Replacing the once again injured Sam Bradford Rams’ QB A.J. Feeley threw for a paltry 156 yards and was running for his life most of the game. Feeley also made the perhaps the understatement of the day maybe even the season when he said, in part,  “we just can’t seem to put it all together,” in reference to his downtrodden Rams team. 

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San Francisco's kicker David Akers celebrates one of his four field goals against the Rams on Sunday

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San Francisco's WR Michael Crabtree scores on a 52 yard TD pass from QB Alex Smith

San Francisco did not exactly look like an offensive juggernaut themselves as the Rams’ defense did their part to keep the team in the game by turning the 49ers away four times in the red zone to force four David Akers field goals (three of them in the first half.)  However, the Rams’ offensive futility and two second half TD passes by QB Alex Smithmade this one a no contest and tossed 2011 projections out the proverbial window.

In the win running back Frank Gore rushed for 73 yards to become the franchises’ all time leading rusher 7,417 yards passing former 49er and Hall of Famer Joe Perry [6]

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