Well, it could have been one of the ugliest wins in Rams history but it will was a win. St. Louis pulled away from the Niners yesterday, winning their second straight game, a 13-9 final score in San Francisco. The game was sealed on an interception by O. J. Atogwe at the goaline with time running out. Trent Dilfer (I had no idea he was going to start this game!) led his team down the field and nearly won the game in the final seconds but the Rams survived a big time scare.
“You would’ve thought we won the Super Bowl after we came in here,” linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa said in the visitors’ locker room. “I’ve been here five years, and I’ve only won here one other time. Whenever we can beat the Niners, it’s always big. I’m not a big fan of the Niners.”
Pisa makes a good point. We don’t like to play the Niners because they always seem to give us a hard time. Well, you know what I said if you read my pre-game post. We needed to score big in the first half so than if the defense gave up points in the second half, it would be ok. See, that plan kind of back fired on us. The first drive was the best one of the game for us, as we drove down the field and scored quick, a four yard pass Bulger to Holt style. The rest of the game was a mess of three and outs mixed in with a couple of field goals that ultimately won the game for us. It was 10-3 at half time and I was happy. However, the Niners got back into it with two field goals late in the game. Mike Nolan made the right decision with under six minutes to go to try the field goal instead of going for it on fourth down. His team got the ball back but the Rams sealed it with Orange Juice’s INT.
Marc Bulger was average, throwing for only 155 yards in the contest and that, I believe is why we only scored thirteen points in the game. The good news is he only missed nine completions and Steven Jackson was also effective on the ground, nearly rushing for 100 yards. Again, this squad has a long way to go but I really like what I heard on the radio about the defense (meaning the defense played very well). It’s true, the defense did win this game for us because of the interception late, plus we managed three sacks on Dilfer, an easy target.
We have to take the rest of the season in stride at this point, and hope for the best. We have a huge match with Seattle coming up this weekend that we have to prepare for and I beleive we have a significant chance to win. Hopefully, things will keep going our way.