Thursday, November 29, 2012
Rams' deep passing game key vs. 49ers
By Mike Sando
Sam Bradford's 36-yard touchdown pass to Brian Quick was part of a stunning first quarter for the St. Louis Rams at San Francisco in Week 10.
The play gave the Rams a 7-0 lead while burning the 49ers in an area where few opponents have hurt them: on deeper passes.
Bradford remains the only quarterback this season with a deep touchdown pass against the 49ers, defined as a scoring pass traveling more than 20 yards past the line of scrimmage before the reception. Bradford, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning and Drew Brees are the only quarterbacks to complete a 20-plus pass of any kind against the 49ers this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The Rams played that Week 10 game without Chris Givens, their top deep threat. A penalty for illegal formation wiped out an 80-yard reception on a deep ball to Danny Amendola. The deep ball was there for the Rams, in other words. Will it be there when the teams play again Sunday?
The chart shows Bradford's passing numbers against the 49ers by how far the ball traveled downfield before reaching its target. Note that the Total QBR figures are higher than we're used to seeing because these plays, by definition, exclude sacks, fumbles, rushes or other non-throwing contributions.