“We're disappointed but we're not discouraged and we shouldn't be,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said at his Monday press conference. “There was enough good there. I thought the game went about how you would want it to go for three quarters. We knew it was going to be a knockdown drag 'em out game and we're in the fourth quarter and it's 17-10.”
The Rams (4-5) have now lost their last seven road games — going back to last year’s win at Detroit — and they have won just one road game in their last 17. St. Louis has lost 20 of its last 22 games on the road.
“We fought down to the wire in yesterday’s game and we believed we were going to win,” safety Oshiomogho Atogwe said. “It just didn’t happen that way. But the same fight that was in us yesterday will be the same fight in us for the rest of the season, home or away, and we’ll get our wins because that’s the stuff that makes champions.”
Atogwe said Sunday’s loss will make the team stronger.
“There wasn’t a point in that game yesterday where we didn’t believe that we were going to win,” he said. “It didn’t happen for us this time, but that same belief is within us. That confidence is in us and you’ll continue to see that.”
PENALTY IN OVERTIME
It was Atogwe who was flagged for a pass interference penalty in overtime that helped the 49ers move into position for the game-winning 29-yard field goal by Joe Nedney.
He said on Monday that he didn’t think that pass was catchable but acknowledged that the official was just doing his job.
“You always want the game to be decided by the men playing it, but at the end of the day he has to do his job to the best of his ability and I believe he was doing it. It happens.”
Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford had one of his better performances on Sunday.
The No. 1 overall pick from the University of Oklahoma completed 30 of 42 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown for a quarterback rating of 94.4, his second-highest mark of the season. He also did not throw an interception for the fourth straight game.
“He's got great awareness, great presence, knows exactly what's going on,” Spagnuolo said. “I go out there and feed him things to remind him but I'm not so sure he needs to be reminded. He always knows what's going on.”
Bradford is now sixth in attempts (334), eighth in completions (201), 14th in touchdowns (12), 17th in passing yards (1,925), 23rd in completion percentage (60.2), 25th in passing yards per game (213.9) and 27th in quarterback rating (78.2).
Running back Steven Jackson now has 757 rushing yards, which ranks fourth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL. The 6-foot-2, 236-pounder is averaging 3.9 yards per carry and 84.1 rushing yards per game. His three touchdowns are tied for the eighth-most in the NFL.
Rookie left tackle Rodger Saffold left Sunday’s game early in the second quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return. He was replaced by Renardo Foster, who started in place of right tackle Jason Smith against Carolina two weeks earlier.
Spagnuolo said on Monday that x-rays and an MRI were both negative and that Saffold would be day-to-day with the ankle sprain.
The coach said center Jason Brown was dealing with swelling in his knee and fullback-linebacker Brit Miller had concussion-type symptoms.
As far as positive injury news, Spagnuolo said safety James Butler (ankle) and wide receiver Danario Alexander (knee) would be day-to-day in practice this week after missing the game. The coach said Alexander ran on Monday with trainer Reggie Scott and could return this week.