Tuesday, December 14, 2010
NFC West Week 14 decisive moment
By Mike Sando
There were so many legitimate candidates this week.
One play trumped them all as the NFC West's decisive moment for Week 14.
St. Louis was trailing New Orleans 14-6 late in the second quarter when Rams linebacker Chris Chamberlain forced a Saints turnover during a kickoff return. The Rams had the ball. They had the momentum. They had a chance to pull within 14-13 heading into halftime.
Quarterback Sam Bradford threw for receiver Brandon Gibson, thinking he had a touchdown, but safety Malcolm Jenkins picked off the pass and raced 96 yards for a pivotal touchdown. The Saints led 21-6 and won 31-13.
"I've got to be better when we're down there and I've got to be smarter with the football," Bradford told reporters after the game. "I just can't make those mistakes."