played spoiler in this one, as they went into Lucas Oil Stadium and stunned the Indianapolis Colts, 38-8
. And the Rams scored in just about every way imaginable, starting with a Robert Quinn
strip-sack-fumble that was scooped up by fellow defensive end Chris Long
which was returned 45 yards for the score.
The show that day, though, belonged to Rams’ wide receiver Tavon Austin, who had 314 all purpose yards in his coming out party. After a 98-yard touchdown on a punt return, Austin would go on to score on passing plays of 57 and 81 yards. In doing so, Austin became the third player in NFL history with three 55+ yard touchdowns in a single game; he’s the only rookie to do so.
Defensively, the Rams had their way with the Colts’ offense, tallying four INT’s along with the aforementioned Chris Long TD. Trumaine Johnson, William Hayes, James Laurinaitis, and Will Witherspoon were all beneficiaries of errant Colts’ passes [three from Luck, one from Hasselbeck].
The Colts lone touchdown came in garbage time, on a 13-yd reception to Donald Brown with 1:35 left in the game.
Home field advantage. It’s difficult to have that when you’re playing at Wembley Stadium in London England.
The Rams got up early, on a 50-yard TD from Sam Bradford to Chris Givens. And that was the end of the game, essentially, for the Rams’ offense.
Tom Brady and company would score touchdowns on their first five possessions, put up 45 unanswered points, and the Patriots won the game 45-7.
Brady threw for 304 yards and four scores that day; most of which went directly to Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski [8 catches, 146 yards, 2 TD’s], whom the Rams’ defense had no answer for. Former Rams’ wide receiver Brandon Lloyd also scored twice on the day. Brady would finish that game with a 131.1 rating, his second highest of the 2012 season.
Watch the highlights on the Rams’ official site
The Packers took care of business in this one, besting the Rams 30-20 at the Edward Jones Dome.
The first half, for the Rams, belonged to kicker Greg Zuerlein who hit on field goals of 50 and 43 yards, respectively. For the Packers, it was Aaron Rodgers connecting with Jordy Nelson; who finished the day with eight catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.
This one stayed close though, as the Rams went into halftime down only 10-6.
The second half belonged to Packers’ wideout Randall Cobb, who’d score on catches of 5 and 39 yards. Like Nelson, Cobb caught eight passes [on eight targets], tallying 89 yards on the day. Rodgers would finish the game with 342 passing yards, three touchdowns, and a 132.2 passer rating. The 342 passing yards and 132.2 rating were both good for second best in Rodgers’ 2012 season.
For the Rams, Sam Bradford went 21 of 34 for 255 yards and one interception. He’d connect on a 3-yard score with Austin Pettis with 0:15 remaining in the game. Rams' running back Steven Jackson also punched one in from six yards out in the 4th quarter.
This one’s probably still fresh in your minds, as it was played a mere three weeks ago. And you know what happened...the same thing that happens seemingly every time the Rams’ head into Seattle for the season finale. The Seahawks won by a final score of 20-6.
The Rams got up 6-0 early with field goals from Greg Zuerlein in the 1st and 2nd quarter. The Seahawks were held scoreless through the first 30 minutes of play.
The last 30 minutes were a different story. Seahawks’ kicker Stephen Hauschka, not to be outdone, came out and evened the score with two field goals of his own to start the second half. The Hawks would then score on a 9-yard run from Marshawn Lynch
, and a 49-yard INT return from linebacker Bruce Irvin
Seattle's win secured the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs for the second straight season. The loss, for the Rams, marked their 10th consecutive loss in Seattle, dating back to 2005.