Rams and Niners In a Rare Tie: Seahawks Roll at Home Again
The St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers experienced an NFL rarity anymore when they played to a 24-24 tie on Sunday. It was the first draw in an NFL game since 2008. Niners quarterback Alex Smith went down in the second quarter with a possible concussion. Colin Kaepernick took over from there.
Both teams missed field goals in overtime. The Rams Greg Zuerlein actually hit a 53-yarder with 2:42 in overtime but the Rams were flagged for a delay of game. He then missed from 58 yards. The Niners David Akers missed from 41 yards in the overtime as well.
”I have to say, I’ve been doing this a while. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a game like this,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. ”As I told our guys, we had a number of chances to put the game away. And, unfortunately, we didn’t.”
Akers did kick a 33 yarder with 3 seconds left in the regulation to send it to the overtime. On the first play from scrimmage in overtime, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford hit Danny Amendola on a 80 yard pass to the 49er 2 yard line that was called back on an illegal formation penalty. Bradford hit on a touchdown pass to Austin Pettis from 2 yards out with 1:09 left to give the Rams a 24-21 lead. But the Rams defense could not hold it.
In Seattle, the Seahawks hammered the New York Jets 28-7. The Seahawks are perfect at home this year under coach Pete Carroll and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 124 yards and Golden Tate threw a touchdown pass to go along with another strong performance from Wilson and also the Seattle defense in the 28-7 romp.
‘We hung tough. We weren’t playing very well early and some things happened and we hung tough and kept punching away at it,” Carroll said. ”We finally put together a real good finish.”
The Jets only score all day was on a fumble recovery and return by Muhammad Wilkerson in the first quarter. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who played for Carroll at USC threw a pick at the goal line and also fumbled at the Seahawks 32.
San Francisco continues to lead the division at 6-2-1 followed by the Seahawks at 6-4. The Arizona Cardinals are third at 4-5, followed by the Rams at 3-5-1.