Monday, November 15, 2010
Silver linings: Rams at 49ers
By Mike Sando
The facts: The Rams fell to 4-5 with a 23-20 overtime defeat to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Rams return to the Edward Jones Dome for a game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11.
- Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford completed better than 70 percent of his passes. Bradford made it four games and 138 attempts in a row without an interception. He passed for 251 yards and a 94.4 rating.
- Steven Jackson finished with 148 total yards, gaining 25 on a clutch reception along the sideline late in the game. Jackson's 13-yard touchdown run gave him 44 rushing scores for his career, moving him past "Deacon" Dan Towler into second place on the all-time franchise list.
- The Rams held the 49ers without a third-down conversion. It was the first time the Rams had held an opponent without once since Arizona managed none against St. Louis in the fourth game of the 2003 season.
- Donnie Jones had a 43.7-yard net average on 10 punts.
- The Rams' coverage units shut down the 49ers' return game, holding San Francisco to five fair catches on punts and a 14.0-yard average on kickoff returns.
- Danny Amendola caught a touchdown pass for the third game in a row. He caught three more passes on third down.
- St. Louis went without a turnover on the road for the first time since the final game of the 2008 season.
- The Rams reversed a run of games with declining yardage totals. They gained 332 yards, their fourth-highest total of the season.
- The Rams collected five sacks.