Super Bowl XLIX ended like many fans - maybe with the exception of the Seahawks’ faithful - would have liked: close until the waning moments. A nail-biter. The opposite of last year’s Super Bowl where the aforementioned Seahawks finished off the Broncos early in the game.
But not every game ends in thrilling fashion. In fact, most don’t. And the folks over at Sports Illustrated have compiled a list of the worst games of the 2014 season. They’ve got five headline games, and five honorable mentions. The St. Louis Rams were all front page material though, and the SINow twitter account felt the need to let the fan base know....
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Week 15: Cardinals 12, Rams 6
For fans of special teams, this game was an all-timer. For everyone else? Not so much. Kickers Greg Zuerlein and Chandler Catanzaro put all the points on the board, and the two punters combined to log over 700 yards in this snoozefest on Thursday Night Football. While the win helped the Cardinals maintain their hold on the NFC’s No. 1 seed for another week, an early injury to Drew Stanton set the stage for the sideshow that was the Ryan Lindley Experience. -- Ben Eagle
Week 2: Rams 19, Buccaneers 17
The Bucs had a chance to snag an early win this season against the Rams, with rookie QB Austin Davis starting his first-ever game. But some conservative coaching from Lovie Smith and a bit of special teams magic from St. Louis (blocking a punt and a field goal) put Tampa Bay down by two points heading into the final drive. Looking to set up the potential game-winning field goal (what would have been the sixth of the game), the game came to an abrupt, anticlimactic and semi-controversial end when Mike Evans went down hard with only eight seconds left on the clock and no timeouts remaining for the Bucs. Bonus points: The game was delayed 51 minutes in the first half due to thunderstorms. -- Bette Marston
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