GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 06: Josh Brown #3 of the St Louis Rams kicks a first half field goal against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Leave it to the St. Louis Rams to find a way to lose on a punt in overtime. All day the Rams offense struggled, never finding the end zone. It was true to form for the Rams offense this season. After a futile attempt to get into field goal range in the game's extra frame, the Rams were forced to punt away the ball. And that's where it all ended.
It is entirely fitting that the Rams lost the game on a punt return. Their offense was terrible throughout the entire game, inexcusably bad. Among the worst players was quarterback Sam Bradford, who held onto the ball way too long far too often and got himself sacked a handful of times for the effort.
Perhaps even more mysterious, an offense that once was attacked for being so conservative, decided to go for it on fourth-and-one late inside the two-minute mark. They could have attempted a game winning field goal, a 51-yard attempts in the dry desert air. Instead, they ran their second consecutive run to the left side, something that had been fruitless most of the game and proved to be so again on that fourth down.
With the ball back, the Rams finally did get into field goal range with four seconds left on the clock. Naturally, that kick was blocked, sending the game to overtime where this happened.
The Rams are, without a doubt, the worst team in the NFC West.
Here's the blocked field goal.