Random Ramsdom 12/2: Welcome to December and back to losing football

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The rejoicing and positive recognition for the St. Louis Rams came to a close Sunday with a 23-13 loss to their rival San Francisco 49ers. See what is being said about them going forward in today's links.

Rams' tricks don't pay off this time - When the St. Louis Rams last traveled to Candlestick Park, they pulled out all the stops just to survive a dog-fight style game, even calling and converting two fake punts. This time, in their final trip to the famous stadium, their antics would not be nearly as beneficial.

Whether by an end-around option pass by Tavon Austin or yet another fake punt in their own territory, the Rams' creative efforts were of no avail and of no match for San Francisco's traditional physical style. The officials were unpopular whipping boys in the early goings of the game, but no amount of penalties -- good or bad -- could erase the fact that the 49ers were the better team.

Jeff Fisher and Co. now fall to 5-7 on the season.

Post-game report card - I'm not sure if there's something in the San Francisco water, but the Post-Dispatch's Jeff Gordon was feeling a little generous when he graded the Rams' performance on Sunday.  While handing out  zero failing grades, he praises the defense for their fight throughout the contest.  It's back to the drawing board for the coaching staff.

Nick Wagoner's reaction - Chris Givens, St. Louis' most reliable deep threat from last season, has been dreadfully inconsistent in 2013, to put it kindly. Did I mention that the Rams were penalized some more?

49ers easily handle young Rams - Giving you a perspective from SB Nation's Niners Nation, David Fucillo feels good about his team's chances approaching the post-season.

Jake Long suffers concussion - After a game in which the Rams suffered three late concussions to key starters, they find themselves in another costly circumstance with their left tackle.

NFL.com Game Center - Don't do it. You'll regret it. If you must, though, here are some highlights and statistics.

Breakdown on Robert Quinn - The have quite a legitimate candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year on their roster. Third-year defensive end Robert Quinn is having a breakout season and Sports Illustrated's Greg Bedard is taking notice.

Finnegan's future - Cortland Finnegan is a very rich player who was playing at a very poor level before suffering a season-ending injury.  The veteran's steep contract could complicate his future with the Rams at the end of the year.  To quote Chamillionaire, "they only love you when you're on."

Pointer thankful to be a Ram - Corner back Quinton Pointer has been with the Rams for two seasons now, although most wouldn't know it. A mainstay of the practice squad, Pointer has seen very little game action. He made his 2013 debut yesterday.

Long didn't help Incognito behave after all - Remember all the reports that Jake Long stood as a "voice of reason" in the Dolphins locker room? According to the man himself, that isn't true.

Cardinals fall in Philly - Arizona is now 7-5 and drops back to third place in the NFC West after a close loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Draft needs from around the league - Take a peak around the NFL and see who needs what. Because this was updated just yesterday, we won't excuse the Rams' "No. 1 need:" running back.

2014 NFL mock draft - 'Tis the season, so break out your wishlists!


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