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Rams Lose: Don't Blame the Refs, Even Though I Want to

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St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) By Paul Sakuma St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) By Paul Sakuma
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) By Paul Sakuma St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) By Paul Sakuma
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford  looks to  throw against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) By Paul Sakuma St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford looks to throw against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) By Paul Sakuma

San Francisco 23 - St. Louis 20, where to start?

Rams fans, if you're like me you are banging your head against your office desk today trying to figure out how we lost that game.  Immediately I want to blame the refs who made a terrible pass interference call to set up the game winning field goal in overtime.  Chris Long was in the process of sacking Troy Smith to set up a punt, when Smith threw up a desperation pass downfield.  A Rams defender did run into a 49'ers receiver, 10 yards from where the ball was thrown!  There is no way the receiver gets close to touching that ball even if he was uncovered.  Yes, I checked the official NFL rules and it clearly states pass interference should not be called with "Contact that would normally be considered pass interference, but the ball is clearly uncatchable by involved players."  Terrible call, no question.

But I'm not one to blame the refs and I don't think this Rams team will either.  They had their chances.  They had a 7 point lead with just over 2 minutes to go and San Francisco facing a 3rd and 32 and then a 4th and 18.  Both times Frank Gore broke open for big gains on dump passes.  The Rams could have all but sealed the game with a stop.  Instead Troy Smith then hit Michael Crabtree for the go ahead touchdown.

The Rams offense responded incredibly well with Sam Bradford engineering a drive down the field in the 2 minute drill.  Yes, a rookie quarterback on the road just after his defense gave up a demoralizing touchdown (hello silver lining).  And it looked like he might punch one in the end zone when Daniel Fells couldn't hold onto a pass inside the five yard line that was leading him into the end zone.  Ouch.  To overtime we go.

Then the Rams win the toss and cheers resounded through Bellacino's in St. Charles where I was watching the game.  The same offense that just had the clutch drive to tie the game comes back on the field.  And they go 3 and out.  The rest is history.

Not that any of you really wanted to relive the disappointment, but I just wanted to clarify that the refs did not lose this game.  But like you I'm still really mad about the call!

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