Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rams knock off the Niners in OT


St. Louis Rams defensive end Eugene Sims celebrates sacking San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the first half of their NFL football game in St. LouisReuters
In a game that will cause some 49ers fans to wonder whether Colin Kaepernick’s hand is still hot, the Rams pulled off an unlikely win late in overtime, thanks to a 54-yard field goal from rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein.
Kaepernick’s numbers were solid, with 208 passing and 84 rushing.  But an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone gave the Rams their first two points, and a bad pitch toTed Ginn deep in San Fran territory resulted in a touchdown and a two-pointer that tied the game at 10 late in the fourth quarter.
San Francisco still had a chance to win in regulation, but a field goal fueled by a franchise-record (for a quarterback) 50-yard run from Kaepernick was matched by the Rams as time expired with a 53-yarder from Zuerlein.
The win moved the Rams to 5-6-1 on the year — and 4-0-1 in the division.  If the Rams (who have now won two in a row) can keep winning, that tie from last month against the 49ers could help St. Louis avoid the tiebreakers with a potential cluster of 9-7 teams.
And the fact that the Rams won in uniforms that the team last used as their regular outfit when St. Louis beat Jeff Fisher’s Titans in the Super Bowl likely makes that ensemble a bit less nausea-inducing for Fisher.

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