The St. Louis Rams lost their 2012 season opener to the Detroit Lions in a hard fought game, 27-23. The Rams played well, forcing Matthew Stafford into multiple turnovers and scoring 13 points off of those turnovers. Rams corner, Cortland Finnegan, had a 31 yard pick six late in the first half of Sunday’s game which gave the Rams a 13-7 lead. Later on in the game, Rams quarterback, Sam Bradford, lead the Rams down field in a drive that resulted in the team scoring a go-ahead field goal with under two minutes to go. However, following the Rams score, Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford, led his team 80 yards down field to score the game-winning touchdown on a pass to running back Kevin Smith.
Bradford finished the game 17/25 for 198 yards and a touchdown. Steven Jackson struggled to get anything going on the ground today and finished with 21 carries for 53 yards. Danny Amendola led all Rams receivers with 5 catches for 70 yards. The Rams entered the game with the plan to “hold them to field goals…and then take your shots offensively,” said head coach Jeff Fisher. “Get your points and have a chance to win the game at the end.” Their plan almost worked to perfection, but the Lions were able to get it going at the right times.
On a side note, the Rams offensive line lost two starters during the game to injury. Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells both left the game with injuries. One other note, the Rams and Lions game today marked the first time in NFL history where a female referee officiated a game. Line judge Shannon Eastin became the first women ever to do so. The Rams face rookie sensation Robert Griffin III and the Redskins next week.