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    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Josh Brown kicked a 49-yard field goal on the last play of the game Sunday, giving the St. Louis Rams a 19-17 upset of the Washington Redskins to end an eight-game losing streak over two seasons and make Jim Haslett a winner in his St. Louis head coaching debut.

    It takes a fluke play or two for a winless, two-touchdown underdog to pull off the stunner. The Rams got one at the perfect time in the first half against the Redskins, then pulled off the win in the final minute with the help of a big third-and-long pass.

    The Redskins (4-2) overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit and appeared set to win their fifth straight game when Clinton Portis' 2-yard run with 3:47 left gave Washington a 17-16 lead. But the Rams had enough time to mount a comeback, and Marc Bulger hit Donnie Avery down the right sideline for a 43-yard gain on third-and-13 to move into field goal territory.

    But the Rams, being the Rams, nearly botched the game from there. While St. Louis was trying to kill the clock to set up for an easy field goal attempt, offensive lineman Richie Incognito was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for aiming some choice words at an official. The 15-yard infraction made Brown's kick no longer a gimmie, but he still managed to nail his fourth field goal of the game.

    Two weeks ago, the Rams (1-4) looked like a team in need of a massive federal bailout. Instead, they fired coach Scott Linehan, reinstalled Bulger as the starting quarterback and used their bye week to get out of the dumps.

    Then they came out and beat one of the hottest teams in the league. The Redskins (4-2), playing as a huge favorite for the first time under coach Jim Zorn, played down to the level of their competition and became a very ordinary team by failing to do something they had done so well all season: protect the football.

    The Redskins entered the game as the only team in NFL history to open a season with no offensive turnovers through its first five games -- for that matter, the offense hadn't fumbled the ball even once -- but that good fortune ended with four fumbles in six possessions.

    The Rams were able to convert only one into a score, but it was the type of weird play that can give a struggling team the lift it needs.

    With the Redskins in scoring position near the end of the first half, a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage ended up in the hands of offensive lineman Pete Kendall. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa knocked the ball away from an awkwardly moving Kendall, and Oshiomogho Atogwe picked it up and streaked 75 yards down the sideline for the touchdown that gave the Rams a 10-7 lead.

    And the momentum.

    Dominated in the first half, St. Louis controlled the third quarter and added two field goals to go ahead 16-7. The Redskins retook the lead with a field goal and Portis' touchdown, but Brown's final kick gave the Rams a win in a game in which they were outgained 368-200.

    Steven Jackson ran for 79 yards on 22 carries and caught three passes for 32 yards. Bulger went 15-for-26 for 136 yards.

    The Redskins' only touchdown until late in the game came early in the first quarter after a Rams error. Jackson fumbled inside his own 10, and Portis cashed in with a 3-yard run.

    Portis ran 21 times for 129 yards, his third straight 100-yard game.

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  • MOM
    Awesome Rams Post Game Article (1945)
    by MOM
    A couple of threads about Rams nicknames and biggest Ram feats led me to this gem of a piece. For any who have not seen this already, enjoy. If you have, enjoy it anyways!

    Cleveland, Dec. 16. Twice the football hit the goal posts and twice it bounced the wrong way for the Redskins here today as the Cleveland Rams won the National Football League championship by nosing out the Washingtonians, 15-14, in huge Municipal Stadium before 32,178 practically frozen spectators.

    It was a galling pill for the Redskins to swallow as the Rams walked off the field with the lion's share of the richest spoils in playoff history $164,542.80. They went down trying to the very last and barely missed pulling victory out of the fire twice in the final four minutes when two desperate field goal attempts and Joe Aguirre went awry.

    The first of the two unique goal post incidents came early in the first period when Sammy Baugh, behind his own goal line and trying to pass the Redskins out of a deep hole, saw the ball slip off his fingers and strike the posts, bouncing back into the end zone for an automatic safety and two points for the Rams.

    Those two points were to be the difference between victory and defeat for the Rams.

    Freak Bounce Helped
    And then, late in the second quarter the Rams scored their first touchdown. And, on the conversion attempt, a horde of Redskin linemen broke through and partially blocked Bob Waterfield's conversion attempt. The ball skidded over the bunched players and struck the crossbar, bounced only a few inches into the air and barely cleared the bar. It fell on the right side for the Rams and the wrong side for the Redskins. That precious moment meant victory by a single point instead of a tie.

    The much-heralded pitching duel between Sammy Baugh and Bob Waterfield failed to materialize when Baugh's bruised rib received an early jolt and he had to leave the game. He played part of the first period and only a few minutes more during the remainder of the game but the injury that has been dogging him for the past month finally caught up with him at the most inopportune moment. He had been playing with the handicap the past month and thought he could squeeze by today, but it wasn't to be.

    Filchock Featured
    Waterfield more than lived up to advance notices, but he didn't steal the show completely. The Redskins' Frank Filchock, understudy to Baugh throughout the year, stepped into the desperate situation and came through nobly, at least getting a draw with Cleveland's "Beautiful Bob" in the pitching department. Each pitched two touchdown passes but Waterfield's running game and the marvelous ability of Jim Benton to shake himself loose from Redskins defenders was the big difference. But at that Cleveland wouldn't have won had it not been for the crazy bounces of the football off the goal posts.

    The Rams' alert...
    -06-21-2006, 01:16 PM
  • RamWraith
    Jackson keeps Rams playoff dreams alive
    by RamWraith
    By R.B. Fallstrom

    More excitement like this and the St. Louis Rams won't have to worry about TV blackouts.

    Steven Jackson wrapped up a big day with a 21-yard touchdown run in overtime, Marc Bulger tied his career best with four touchdown passes and the beleaguered defense made a big play in regulation in a 37-31 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

    The Rams (7-8) rallied on the day the franchise's 95-game streak of regular-season sellouts ended. The franchise also had five playoff sellouts during the run that began in 1995 when it moved from Los Angeles, and it ended with an attendance of 62,324 -- more than 3,000 shy of capacity at the Edward Jones Dome.

    St. Louis has won two straight after losing seven of the previous eight, keeping alive faint playoff hopes.

    The Rams missed a chance to wrap it up in regulation when Jeff Wilkins was wide left on a 41-yard field goal as time expired. Washington squandered it's own opportunity when Ladell Betts was stripped by O.J. Atogwe after a 25-yard gain and Corey Chavous recovered at the St. Louis 12 with 2:02 to go.

    Betts tied a franchise record with his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game for the Redskins (5-10), and also topped 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career.

    Washington scored more than 20 points for the first time in seven games, getting 21 in the first half alone. But the Redskins' defense allowed more than 30 points for only the third time.

    Jackson had 150 yards on 33 carries and six catches for 102 yards, a 252-yard day that allowed him to become the Rams' first 2,000-yard man since Marshall Faulk in 2001. He transformed a short pass over the middle into a career-best 64-yard scoring reception in the third quarter to begin the comeback from a 28-14 deficit, and broke a few tackles on the winning run.

    Isaac Bruce caught nine passes for 148 yards for the Rams, giving him his eighth 1,000-yard season.

    Jackson's only mistake, a fumble after a 5-yard catch, allowed the Redskins to tie it on Shaun Suisham's career-best 52-yard field goal with 3:21 to go.

    Betts scored on a pair of 6-yard runs, and his second score gave the Redskins a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.

    Jackson accounted for 101 of 151 yards on two drives later in the quarter that allowed the Rams to tie it. Besides the 64-yard reception, he rushed for 37 yards on four carries to help set up Stephen Davis' 10-yard touchdown on a shovel pass that tied it at 28.

    Vernon Fox's blocked punt, the second of the season and second this month for Washington, had given the Redskins momentum in the first half. That play set up Betts' first touchdown to tie it at 14. Jason Campbell went 3-for-3 on the Redskins' final drive of the half, ending a string of eight straight...
    -12-24-2006, 03:16 PM
  • RamWraith
    A win, by Josh
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    Monday, Oct. 13 2008
    LANDOVER, MD. Josh Brown's kick sailed high and long, and then 90,376 grew
    silent at FedEx Field.

    "I was like, 'Did we make it?'" said linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who couldn't
    see the result of the kick.

    Brown made it, and then it sunk in.

    For the visitors from St. Louis, the long gridiron nightmare was over. Not
    since Dec. 2, 2007, had the Rams won a regular-season football game. But
    Brown's 49-yard field goal as time expired gave the Rams an improbable 19-17
    victory Sunday over Washington, ending a four-game losing streak this season
    and an eight-game skid dating back to the final month of 2007.

    "I was so emotional afterwards," Tinoisamoa said. "In disbelief, because it's
    been so long since we got a win. ... I didn't know if I wanted to cry or laugh."

    Minutes later in a raucous Rams locker room, running back Steven Jackson gave
    Brown a huge bear hug.

    "I used to (bleep) you all the time," Jackson shouted at Brown.

    (That was in reference to Brown's two game-winning field goals as a Seattle
    Seahawk to beat the Rams in 2006.)

    Minutes earlier, some Rams wanted to do more than hug teammate Richie Incognito
    after his 15-yard personal foul in the final seconds of play.With the Rams in
    great position for a chip-shot field-goal attempt at the Washington 16, and
    just 38 seconds left, quarterback Marc Bulger took the snap and kneeled down,
    forcing the Redskins to burn their final timeout. But wait a minute. ...

    "They kind of took at shot at Marc," said Incognito, a world-class hothead and
    the team's self-proclaimed sheriff at offensive guard. "They tried to push the
    line back, so we were getting everyone up. And the next thing you know, we're
    all jaw-jacking. Steven (Jackson) comes in, he pushes me back."

    Jackson was trying to get his teammate back in the huddle. Next thing you know,
    there's a flag on the field. Incognito, who already had been flagged earlier
    for unsportsmanlike conduct, was penalized again.

    According to Rams coach Jim Haslett, the explanation he received from referee
    Walt Coleman was that Incognito was penalized for cussing.


    "If that's the case, I probably would've gotten about 15 (penalties) today,"
    Haslett said. "All the players told me that it wasn't true; he didn't say

    Didn't matter. The call stood. So instead of having an easy 34-yard attempt,
    Brown lined up for a much more difficult 49-yarder with 2 seconds remaining.
    Given the sad state of Rams football these days, it would have been almost...
    -10-13-2008, 10:37 AM
  • Nick
    Rams Roll Past Redskins 28-3
    by Nick
    Rams Roll Past Redskins 28-3


    Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS - Torry Holt and the St. Louis Rams finally had something to celebrate.

    Holt's 7-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was the first in three games this preseason for the Rams' starting offense, prompting a hip-gyrating dance that satisfied a restless crowd and helped St. Louis roll past the Washington Redskins 28-3 on Friday night.

    St. Louis' first-string defense also got into the act, forcing their first turnover of the preseason in the second quarter. Cornerback Kevin Garrett stripped the ball from Taylor Jacobs after a long completion from Patrick Ramsey and Aeneas Williams recovered.

    Two plays later, Rams backup quarterback Chris Chandler hooked up with Holt on a 58-yard pass to set up Chandler's 1-yard sneak into the end zone, which gave St. Louis a 14-3 lead at halftime.

    Steven Jackson had 125 yards on 25 carries for the Rams (1-2), including a 5-yard TD run on the Rams' first possession of the third quarter. The rookie gained 103 of those yards in the second half, largely against Redskin reserves, before being pulled late in the fourth quarter.

    Holt finished with seven catches for 143 yards, helping to please a home crowd that grew restless after watching their team produce just 13 points in the first two preseason games.

    Chandler was 9-of-15 for 190 yards and a 35-yard TD pass to Shaun McDonald in the third quarter.

    Starter Marc Bulger was 6-for-12 for 78 yards, including the scoring pass to Holt, but drew boos after overthrowing wide open receivers on several occasions.

    Ramsey and Mark Brunell did little to resolve Washington's quarterback debate. Ramsey played the first half, but completed just 5-of-10 passes for 81 yards before giving way to Brunell, acquired in an offseason trade to challenge Ramsey for the job. Brunell was 5-of-8 for 28 yards.

    Redskins coach Joe Gibbs has said he won't decide on a regular-season starter until at least next week.

    In a 24-7 loss Monday at Kansas City - an outing Bulger called "embarrassing" - Rams quarterbacks were sacked five times and pressured relentlessly. But St. Louis' patchwork offensive line held their own against the Redskins, allowing just one sack and giving Chandler time to throw.

    Clinton Portis had 13 yards on three carries for Washington.

    John Hall's 28-yard field goal with 8:06 left in the first quarter was Washington's only score.

    Notes:@ Redskins starting OT Chris Samuels sprained his right ankle in the second quarter and did not return; X-rays were negative. ... Rams G Tom Nutten sprained his right big toe in the third quarter and did not return ... Before the game, the Rams released T Jason Lenzmeier. ... Former St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers head coach...
    -08-27-2004, 10:41 PM
  • RamWraith
    Rams OT win is a sign of progress
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    Tuesday, Dec. 26 2006

    Just as Rams long snapper Chris Massey hiked the ball to punter Matt Turk,
    Washington flooded the middle of the line. Redskins safety Vernon Fox got
    through to block the punt.

    It was only the third Rams punt blocked since the franchise moved to St. Louis
    in 1995, and the first since 2000. Washington scored two plays later to tie the
    game 14-14 with 6 minutes, 14 seconds left in the first half.

    "That was a tough change of momentum there," coach Scott Linehan said.

    Plays like that can deflate a team, and it looked as if that would be the case
    Sunday for the Rams. Washington tacked on two more touchdowns, taking a
    28-14 lead six minutes into the second half. But the Rams' defense righted
    itself in the third quarter, the offense kept pushing, and the Rams had a 37-31
    overtime victory.

    "The biggest thing I was impressed with was the team's resiliency," offensive
    tackle Todd Steussie said. "When things turned bad, it would have been easy to
    pack it away and say, 'You know what? The season's almost over anyway.' But we
    did not do that. We just kept on coming after it."

    The team has crumbled in the past under similar circumstances. But not this
    time. Winners of three of their last five games since a 15-0 debacle in
    Carolina on Nov. 19, the Rams just might be showing signs of maturing as a team.

    "No question," Linehan said. "I think you see a team since we played Carolina
    that's gone back to the drawing board. Really worked on the little things. Come
    together. And is focused on what we need to do to win games.

    "So we're improving. Is it too late, or whatever? I don't know. We'll figure
    that out. But we're still alive and in the hunt. And if we win this (Minnesota)
    football game, then maybe we'll see the dividends of it. But I'm very pleased
    with their willingness to work and stick together."

    The comeback began midway through the third quarter.

    "On third down, I just went for a checkdown, and Steven (Jackson) takes it to
    the house," quarterback Marc Bulger said.

    Jackson caught the ball near the St. Louis 40, broke a tackle attempt by Fox at
    midfield and then juked Redskins safety Sean Taylor who didn't look eager to
    tackle Jackson en route to a 64-yard touchdown.

    "It's nice to finally get those plays," Bulger said. "If we feed off each
    other, we're a lot better team. I said a couple years ago, we're a lot better
    team when we're having fun and playing loose. We haven't had a whole lot of
    that this year."

    Sunday, there...
    -12-26-2006, 02:22 PM