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Austin Pettis disappointed in late drops

10/5/2014

PHILADELPHIA -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the St. Louis Rams' 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:

Pettis dejected: Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis was visibly upset after he had a pair of costly drops on the team's potential game-winning drive. Pettis has stuck on the roster because of his sure hands and ability to come through late like he did in Week 2 against Tampa Bay but was unable to haul in a pair of catchable balls on second and third down in Eagles territory.

"It’s the end of the game, there’s going to be a lot of contested balls, and there’s no excuses on any of them," Pettis said. "I had the ball in my hands long enough to get the catch. I’ve just got to hold on to it."

Stacy's day: Running back Zac Stacy coughed up a costly fumble in Rams territory late in the third quarter, which led to a Philadelphia touchdown two plays later. Stacy did not return to the game, leaving many to wonder if he had been benched because of the turnover. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said after the game that isn't the case and that Stacy suffered a calf injury on the play.

Looking in the mirror: There was plenty of blame to go around for the loss, but most Rams pointed the finger at themselves. Fisher and his players mentioned drops, penalties, busted coverages, protection mistakes and more as the self-inflicted wounds that ultimately led to the defeat. Fisher was particularly upset with the post-punt 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong.