Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wrap-up: Saints 31, Rams 13
By Mike Sando
Thoughts on the St. Louis Rams' 31-13 defeat at New Orleans in Week 14:
What it means: The Rams fell to 6-7, as expected, but they came out of the week OK. San Francisco's victory over Seattle leaves St. Louis and the Seahawks tied atop the NFC West, same as before games Sunday. The Rams largely control their ability to win the NFC West because they face San Francisco (in St. Louis) and Seattle (on the road) in the final two weeks of the regular season.
What I liked: The Rams continued to fight. They did not let the game get too far out of hand. Safety Craig Dahl picked off Drew Brees in the fourth quarter, setting up a touchdown drive featuring two fourth-down conversions, including one on fourth-and-18.
What I didn't like: The Saints beat up Rams quarterback Sam Bradford more than previous opponents managed to do. Bradford threw an interception in the red zone. The Saints returned it 96 yards for a game-changing touchdown. The Saints scored 14 points off Rams turnovers. Steven Jackson lost a fumble in the first quarter, his first lost fumble in 562 touches.
What's next: The Rams return home to face Kansas City in Week 15.