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Rams End Year Stomp Vikings 41-21
The St. Louis Rams of 2006 ended the regular season
On an outstanding performance in the Minnesota MetroDome.
The coming out party for Steven Jackson and company was set
in the Minnesota landscape that Coach Linehan once worked in. And a stomping of the home team was on, as the hopeful Rams were given the bad news that too little, too late had happened in the playoff scenarios. The Giants had won. But,that fueled the horns to a 41-21 season ending victory.
For this team, it was all about team pride and given the previous games outings. These Rams were on a two game winning streak coming into the contest. And having us fans thinking that this team was better that what their season record indicated. 7-8 was the number but they came out playing against the Vikings defense like an 11-4 squad
With victories against Oakland and an impressive game against the Washington Redskins. The Rams seemed confident on this Sunday to just play football. No pressures, but just solid hard pounding rushing style football. The man of the day was number thirty-nine, Steven Jackson.
Steven Jackson was just money against the Minnesota defense that was being compared to the 2000 Ravens. This defense had not allowed a running back to amass over 100 yards rushing all year. But number 39 was not to be denied.
Steven Jackson had a career day by totaling 4 touchdowns and 142 yards. His 1528 yards rushing led all NFL running backs with 806 yards receiving. As a Ram, only the great Eric Dickerson had more. And to top it off "Action" Jackson beat out Ladainian Tomlinson for yards from scrimmage with 2334 versus LT. with 2322. Now that's bulldozing.
As for the rookie Coach, Scott Linehan once he had heard the bad news regarding the playoffs, he said," You've got to take care of business during the year." The facts were brutal for the Rams. Winning three an a row was not enough to overcome when you lose seven out of eight between October and December. Not since 2004, when the Rams got in as a wildcard team was the NFC picture hopeful. This year it would had taken a huge miracle mathematically. He added,"Our guys never stopped believing, and that's the thing I'm most proud of."
For Steven Jackson he was elated to finish his season on a high note, "Definitely a great way to end the season. We caught stride a little bit too late, but it's something to build off of."
Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce stand out as the continued light. Their professionalism and character continued even when it seemed dismal and sometimes uncomfortable. They gave us great joy all year and Isaac winning the Walter Payton Award speaks volumes about his dedication not only to us the fans but more importantly about his devotion to the community.
And the one stand out this season in terms of a hustler and playing every play to it's fullest. This kid named Oshiomogho Atogwe. Outstanding display of toughness and playing his heart out week in and week out. He is going to be special.
The season of highs and lows and highs has finally come to an end. As the season began we had lot's of questions about how this coaching staff was going to prepare this team. During the midway point we had anger and at some point total amazement of how this team just flat-out stopped trying to compete. And in the end this team had a beating heart to finish strong. The one leader that needs to be given credit, was Marc Bulger. His vocal expression to get this team playing at a high level in the end paid off. Marc explained, " I think we have found out a lot about our team and where we're headed."
For us the hopeful bunch of Rams supporters. Year two of the Linehan/Haslett project has already begun.Let's hope next year brings a lot of fire power and dynamite action.
Happy New Year Everybody.
Rams Diehard for Life!!
Oscar F Lopez "The Field Goal"
THE FIELD GOAL