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    Curtis, nutten, groce and sapamamiliamula to name four of them. Also a very spirited effort by grant williams. Huge third down play late by furrey. This is the kind of thing that has to happen if you are going to win games under extreme adversity.

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    Re: The role players step up, a key to the win

    No doubt, the St. Louis Rams played in response to a stern call to the front'n center. :helmet:

    I was impressed by how the OL played, including Grant Williams, including Manumaleuna, and how it responded after losing Big O (I'm sure Pace was proud in the locker room of the play by the OL).

    Jackson & Jackson, Bruce, Polley, Archuleta, Tino, Little, Curtis, Master Aeneas, Bulger, Furrey, Wilkins, Fisher & Fisher, McDonald, Coady, Butler, Faulk & Faulk.

    EVERYBODY. Despite the defense still suffering Vs the run, e.g., S. Alexander, they DID step up.

    How about that 4 and 1 stop by our D, ey? ;)
    Last edited by RealRam; -11-14-2004, 05:23 PM.


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      Re: The role players step up, a key to the win

      How about that 4 and 1 stop by our D, ey?
      I couldn't believe my eyes. That gave us back the momentum that we lost late in the 2nd half.


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