Rams must win to keep playoff hopes alive

Rams must win to keep playoff hopes alive

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St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens (10) laterals to wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) before Austin ran the ball 65-yards for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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by Doug Vaughn / FootballStl

KMOV.com

Posted on November 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 1 at 11:54 AM

(FootballStL) -  It's a long shot at best, but the Rams are still alive in the wild card race in the NFC. They're two games behind both Arizona and San Francisco in the wild card chase, and play those two teams in the next two weeks. At 5-6, the Rams will have to beat both the Cardinals and 49ers, and probably also the Saints, Buccaneers and Seahawks to get into postseason play. Not likely, but not impossible, especially considering how well the Rams have played in recent wins over the Bears and Colts. 

If Jeff Fisher and company can pull off an upset Sunday in San Francisco, the Rams might be considered legitimate wild card contenders. But Fisher knows that winning at Candlestick Park is never easy. 

“It’s always a challenge to be on the visiting sideline out there," said Fisher. "For years, that’s a tough place to play. We’re going to get ready and get through the holiday and go out there and give it our best shot. I was with the organization for a couple years and they won a lot of games and it’s difficult to win there. They’ve won a lot of games over the years.”

The Niners have been beatable at home this season, however. They've lost twice on their home field, falling to Indianapolis and New Orleans. But they came to St. Louis and dominated the Rams back in September, winning 35-11 at the Edward Jones dome. Sam Bradford was quarterbacking that day for the Rams. Kellen Clemens will have that job on Sunday.

"Find a weakness on that defense," said Clemens. "They’re great up front. They’ve got two of the best linebackers in the league sitting there staring you in the face, and then, they’ve got a very good secondary. Find a weakness on that defense and then please tell me about it.”

Clemens will have to find something or the Rams 2013 playoff hopes may be dashed, and it'll be time to start thinking about draft picks for 2014. 

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