Saturday, August 22, 2009

Atlanta Falcons @ St. Louis Rams Recap

1st Q - The Atlanta Falcons won the coin toss and started at their own 23 yard line. Without much resistance they went 77 yards and Michael Turner put them up 7-0 on a 1 yard run. After a 5 and out from the Rams Atlanta was back in control. This time the Falcons covered 70 yards in under 4 minutes and Matt Ryan capped the drive off with a 14 yard pass to an open Tony Gonzalez. Less then 12 minutes into the Rams preseason opener The Falcons were up 14-0 and had a commanding 147 to 13 yard advantage. After the first drive Samkon Gado came in for Steven Jackson. The Rams D was unable to stop the run and the corners were also beaten pretty bad in the quarter.
2nd Q - Early in the 2nd Kyle Boller missed a wide open Laurent Robinson on what would have been an easy TD. Matt Ryan only played two series and was replaced by D.J. Shockley. James Laurinaitis made a great interception but the Rams could only move the ball one yard before kicking a Josh Brown FG. At half time the score was 14-3 Atlanta. Laurent Robinson was the Rams best player in the half. The Rams had 16 yards rushing after Jackson came out of the game and 11 of those were from Boller. Gado had nowhere to go against the run stuffing D of Atlanta which was handling the Rams O-line with ease.
3rd Q - Larry Grant sacked D.J. Shockley and forced a fumble that was recovere by Hollis Thomas. Brock Berlin who took over for Kyle Boller hit Derek Stanley for a pretty 20 yard TD pass. The Rams were back in it, down only 14-10 early in the 3rd. Jason Smith who started at RT played 2 1/2 quarters in the game. This was nice to see but I am still not sure why he is not playing LT. The rest of the 3rd was pretty uneventful even though the Falcons did get a FG to go up 17-10 heading into the 4th.
4th Q - Todd Johnson intercepted D.J. Shockley early in the 4th to put the Rams in a great position to tie the game Keith Null replaced Brock Berlin and led the Rams down to the Falcons 5 yard line. The Rams were unable to convert a 3rd and 1 and like most bad teams had to settle for a FG from inside the 10. Kenneth Darby was just stuffed on a run up the middle. The Rams have to find a way to improve in these situations. After not taking advantage the Falcons came right back and marched 6 yards to get their own FG to go up 20-13. The Rams had one more chance starting from their own 35. Keith Null led a nice drive down to the Falcons 12 yard line. Could the Rams win another preseason game? The Rams ran a draw play on 3rd and 5 that did not fool anyone and that set the stage for a 4th and 6 from the 13. Berlin looked and looked but nobody was open and he ended up getting picked on the play. A few plays earlier it looked like Klopfenstein could have caught the tying TD but he did not. Does anyone know why he is still on the Rams roster?

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