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Sprint Game Ball of the Week: It's 2009 all over again

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Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams slips a tackle by Jon McGraw #47 of the Kansas City Chiefs at the Edward Jones Dome on December 19 2010 in St. Louis Missouri.  The Chiefs beat the Rams 27-13.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams slips a tackle by Jon McGraw #47 of the Kansas City Chiefs at the Edward Jones Dome on December 19 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Chiefs beat the Rams 27-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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It's hard to give a game ball out after Sunday's performance. Very few players stood out for the St. Louis Rams in their 27-13 loss to Kansas City. 

That makes it kind of strange then to award two game balls: K Josh Brown & RB Steven Jackson. Let me explain.

The first one goes to K Josh Brown. He hit a 52-yard FG this week, making him 3-for-4 on FG attempts of 50+ yards this season. He's 15-for-19 on FG of 50+ yards since coming to the Rams in 2008. 

Steven Jackson gets the other game ball. However, it has nothing to do with his 104 yards from scrimmage and scoring the Rams lone TD...or even his Herculean efforts in spite of the team around him. 

No, Jackson gets a game ball for embodying the kind of mindset this Rams team needs. He gets the game ball for his post-game statement insisting that the Rams should have been in playoff mode this week, rather than waiting until now.