The ineffective Rams showed up today against the Redskins looking very much like the same lame football team we’ve seen in all 3 previous games this season. Going into halftime trailing 14-0 (via a Moss 6 yard TD reception and a Tarain 20 yard TD run) we all had flash backs of the 2009 1-15 team. The 3rd quarter comes and goes and we go down 3 more points (17-0). For the last 2 seasons we have played poorly in the 4th quarter so it is tempting to find a pillow and grab a little shut eye. Not to mention that the Redskins had been marching down the field and had entered Rams’ territory as the 3rd period had expired.
So, the 4th quarter begins. Its 3rd and 11 on the Rams 26 yard line. The Redskins are standing over our coffin with nails and hammer in hand when J King decides he had seen enough. King intercepts Grossman and takes it back 51 yards. Outside of a 15 yard pass to Alexander, the rest of the drive is pretty unimpressive, but the outcome is a successful field goal, 3 points, and signs of life. The Redskins get the ball back on their own 14 yard line. There is approximately 10 minutes left in the game and with the score Redskins 17 – Rams 3 the only thing I’m thinking is thank God we didn’t get shut out. Remarkably, the Rams hold the Redskins to 3 and out we get the ball back on our own 40 yard line.
I’m a diehard optimist and I found myself dusting chip crumbs off, wiping the drool from my chin, and leaning forward in my Lazy Boy. A 12 yard pass from Bradford to Pettis and BOOM we are in Skins territory. Bradford is at his best when he is able to share the wealth with all his receivers. On this drive that is exactly what he did. Six yards to Alexander, a couple of passes to Pettis, 6 more yards to Sims-Walker and holy crap we are on the Redskins 20 yard line. The Redskins give us a little help with a 10 yard penalty and we are staring first and goal right in the eye. After a couple of self sabotage attempts Bradford throws a 15 yard strike to Steven Jackson and TOUCH DOWN ST LOUIS RAMS. The PAT is good and with 5:45 remaining the score is Redskins 17 – Rams 10.
Washington takes over on their 20 yard line and immediately Grossman goes to the air. Instead of a 14 yard strike, Laurinaitis steps in and intercepts the pass. He brings it back 15 yards to the Redskins 19 yard line and we have a ball game. 5:30 remaining in the game and the momentum has definitely shifted. Then a stunning event occurred at Edward Jones Dome. A massive alien aircraft came to rest directly above the stadium. A smaller hover type craft was dropped from the belly of the beast. The smaller craft emitted a stream of blinding light directly at the Rams offense. No one knows for sure what the beam was, but I think it was a short term memory wipe because at that very moment the Rams forgot how to play football. Like little zombie athletes the Rams offense spit out an incomplete pass, a penalty, and 2 sacks. We were pushed back 20 yards and didn’t even get to attempt a field goal. We punted the ball away and with it the very game itself. The final score: Redskins 17 – Rams 10. (Stupid aliens!!!)