Around the NFC West: Rams break through

November, 2, 2009
11/02/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says the Rams' victory over the Lions was "the culmination of weeks and months of blood, sweat and tears." Steven Jackson on his game-winning touchdown run: "That run felt really good. At that point of the game we felt like we had to close the game out. We knew that pretty much whoever had the ball last was going to have a pretty good chance of driving the ball and putting the game away. We as an offensive unit really felt like it was our time to take over the game. The offensive line, the fullback, everyone believed in what we were doing and it really showed. That last run was an exclamation point for the way the game went for us."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams took special pleasure in their first victory under first-year coach Steve Spagnuolo. Tight end Randy McMichael: "It was an honor to be able to deliver him the game ball with his first win in the National Football League. And I know for a fact it won't be his last. I told him how much we appreciated that with all the stuff we've been through, all the support that he's given all of us. You could see the emotion that was in him."

Also from Thomas: Leonard Little and Chris Long each had sacks for the Rams against Detroit. On offense, left guard Jacob Bell suffered what the Rams thought to be another concussion, his second of the season.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says there's no minimizing or qualifying the Rams' first victory of the season. They won, and that is all that mattered. Burwell: "So today, 1-7 is better than 0-8: light years better. And if you don't believe me, then you should have been inside that visitors' locker room at Ford Field, where these Rams players didn't know whether to laugh or sing, dance or shout, slam their heads against the wall or raise their hands to the sky and give thanks for this wonderful absolution from nearly 13 months without a victory."

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch breaks down the fake field goal St. Louis used to change the momentum shortly before halftime. The Rams installed the play in the game plan only Saturday. They didn't plan to run it until Marc Bulger called timeout as the Rams lined up to go for it on fourth-and-8. And tight end Daniels Fells, the man on the receiving end of Josh Brown's first career touchdown, had never practiced the play.

Also from Coats: a Rams report card featuring an A-minus grade for a reconfigured offensive line.

Tim Klutsarits of examiner.com thinks the Rams won despite some questionable offensive play calling.

Turf Show Times' VanRam offers thoughts following the Rams' victory.

And if you're a long-suffering Rams fan -- the only kind -- by all means check out what Lions fans are experiencing right now. The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Booth Newspapers all have extensive Lions coverage.

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