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Silver linings: Rams at Steelers

1/1/2012

The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 2-13 with a 27-0 road defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Steven Jackson carried 24 times for 103 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the season and 31st of his career. Only Ray Rice and Arian Foster had topped 100 yards against the Steelers previously this season.

  • Jackson joined Emmitt Smith, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson, Curtis Martin, Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders as the only running backs with seven consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

  • Cornerback Josh Gordy picked off a pass for the second game in a row.

  • Nick Miller had a 17-yard punt return and a 10.3-yard average.

  • The Rams committed no turnovers. In fact, they became the first team since at least 1940 to rush for 164-plus yards and commit no turnovers while getting shut out by 27 or more points. I'm not sure whether that counts as a silver lining, but it's an amazing note.

  • The Rams held the Steelers to one third-down conversion in seven attempts, one reason they narrowly won time of possession.

  • Rookie Robert Quinn had a tackle for loss.

Looking ahead: The Rams close the regular season with a home game against the San Francisco 49ers.