Rams 37, Redskins 31: Postgame Quick Hits

The Rams kept their faint playoff hopes alive with an exciting 37-31 overtime win at home against Washington. Take a look at the game with our Quick Hits coverage of both teams' performances.

RAMS QUICK HITS

-- Inactives were QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, CB Jerametrius Butler, RB Paul Smith, RB Rich Alexis, LB Jamal Brooks, G/C Larry Turner, T Jeremy Parquet, DE Eric Moore.

-- Marc Bulger's four touchdown passes were a season-high. The last time he threw four touchdown passes was November 10, 2002 against the Chargers. He completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 388 yards. He also earned a season-high quarterback rating of 134.5. The Rams quarterback has thrown just one interception in his last three outings.

-- The Rams offensive line gave up just one sack. That's their best performance since October 1st against Detroit. It's just the third time this season they've held their opponent to a single sack.

-- Steven Jackson posted a season-high 150 yards and one rushing touchdown in overtime to win the game. He also caught a pass for 64 yards and another score, finishing with six catches for 102 yards. That's his second-best receiving performance of the year. He caught thirteen passes for 133 yards against the Chiefs in November.

Rams WR Isaac Bruce is tackled by the Redskins' Shawn Springs (Elsa/Getty Images)

-- With nine catches for 148 yards, Isaac Bruce had more receptions that Torry Holt for just the third time this year. Holt was held to 54 yards on four catches. Bruce's 148 was a season-high and the third time this year he's surpassed the 100-yard mark.

-- Punter Matt Turk's 32.2 net average was his fourth-lowest of the season. He also had a punt blocked, his first of the season.

-- The Rams secondary didn't allow Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell to complete a pass longer than 21 yards. That's the best performance by any team over the last six weeks in that area. In his first start this season against Tampa Bay, Campbell's longest effort was 26 yards.

-- Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe led the Rams in tackles with eight on the day and forced a fumble.  And while he didn't get a sack, DE Leonard Little put plenty of pressure on Redskins QB Jason Campbell and got credit for three of the team's five quarterback hits.

-- Diversity was the word of the day for the Rams special teams coverage units. Seven tackles were made by seven different players. Madison Hedgecock had one of those tackles plus an assist.

-- The Rams were flagged six times for just 30 yards, but five of the six had an impact on the game. On the Rams' second possession of the game, TE Aaron Walker's false start on first down was costly. The Rams weren't able to convert a first down starting 15 yards away instead of ten. Halfway into the 2nd quarter, G Richie Icognito's false start put the Rams offense in the hole with a 2nd-and-17 that resulted in a punting situation that was blocked, setting up a Washington touchdown at the St. Louis 8-yard line. A pair of false start penalties within the same set of downs scuttled a Rams drive and forced them to settle for a field goal early in the fourth. TE Joe Klopfenstein and T Alex Barron were the culprits. DE Leonard Little's offsides penalty with about 4 minutes remaining at the Rams' 39 helped move the ball five yards closer on what ended up being a 52-yard field goal that the Redskins converted.

-- St. Louis is still mathematically alive in the playoff race and plays Minnesota next Sunday.


REDSKINS QUICK HITS

-- Inactives were WR Mike Espy, QB Todd Collins, CB Mike Rumph, OL Jim Molinaro, DL Ryan Boschetti, WR David Patten, TE 86 Brian Kozlowski, DT Anthony Montgomery.

-- The Redskins held Rams kickoff returns specialist Willie Ponder to an average of 19.6 yards per return, well below his 23.1 average despite giving him seven opportunities on Sunday.

-- QB Jason Campbell has now gone two games without throwing an interception, but continues to hover at a 50 percent completion rate. Sunday marked the first time in his six starts that he wasn't sacked.

RB Ladell Betts(Elsa/Getty Images)
-- RB Ladell Betts rushed for 129 yards on 29 carries, extending his 100-yard consecutive game streak to six. He has seven 100-yard rushing games for the year. But this was the first time in the past four games that he failed to exceed 5.0 yards per carry, finishing with 4.4 yards per carry against St. Louis.

-- TE Chris Cooley had seven catches for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Rams. He's caught at least four passes in his last three games.

-- With just one game remaining, WR Antwaan Randle El has 29 catches for 298 yards and 19 carries for 118 yards. And he has 36 punt returns for 335 yards and 40 yards passing. That's 791 all-purpose yards versus 1,089 last season with Pittsburgh. He needs a big week against the Giants in the season finale to close that gap.

-- Punter Derrick Frost had a pretty decent day placing three of his seven punts inside the 20-yard line while averaging 44.0 yards per punt. Over his last three games he's averaged 46.1 yards per punt against a season average of 42.8.

-- The Rams' 579 yards of net offense was the most surrendered by the Redskins defense this season. The previous high was 452 in their October 22nd matchup with the Colts. The 382 passing yards allowed was also a season-high.

-- The Redskins were perfect in the red zone, converting all four opportunities. That's the third time this season they've been successful on 100 percent of their red zone possessions. They also did it against Tennessee and Tampa Bay.

-- Vernon Fox certainly gave it everything he had on Sunday. Not only did he lead the team in tackles on defense with ten, he also made six special teams tackles, half of team's total in that category and blocked a punt. Rookie Rocky McIntosh posted two special teams tackles. Kenny Wright deflected three passes out of the team's five for the day.

-- The Redskins were called for just two penalties and only one had an impact on the game. CB Ade Jimoh's pass interference early in the second quarter was costly. The 43-yard penalty on a 3rd-and-16 set up a touchdown just two plays later. 

-- Washington wraps up their 2006 campaign with a Saturday night home game against the New York Giants, who are still alive in the playoff hunt for a wildcard spot.


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