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Top 10 Greatest St. Louis Rams Moments, #9: The "Mountaineer" Punt Return

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It was the most Jeff Fisher play of all time.

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If there are just two factors that define #Fisherball, it's the inconsistency of being able to win and lose against any team at any time combined with a flair for special teams specialization.

Nothing encapsulates both of those more than the Rams' "Mountaineer" fake punt return in a 28-26 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 of the 2014 season.

The Rams started the season off with a 1-4 record, each of the four losses more disheartening than the last.

A season opening drubbing by the Minnesota Vikings. The biggest comeback in Dallas Cowboys franchise history. Allowing the Philadelphia Eagles to open a 34-7 lead behind wonderkid QB Nick Foles. And then a pathetic showing on Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers with a brain-curdling mixture of Janoris Jenkins' overexuberance and the kind of lack of awareness that shows just how little success Jeff Fisher's coaching staff is having on some of its "best" players. 1-2 before the bye. 0-2 to open the Octet of Pain.

In came the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks...and the punt return to end all punt returns happened.

Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey perfectly pulled off one of the most carefully orchestrated, and perfectly timed, special teams plays in NFL history. Seahawks fans might remember the Johnny Hekker fake punt return to keep the clock going and end the game, but the Mountaineer punt return was everything Fisherball promises.

The glamour of the unknown. The potential to beat the NFL's best on Any Given Sunday™. The game-changing combination of misdirection and athletic superiority.

When it all comes together, it's a beautiful thing. And for that one moment in 2014, Fisherball was perfect.