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Rams showed signs of competing early as they were getting after Eagles QB Michael Vick on almost every drop back. Philadelphia’s offensive line problems showed early. St. Louis forced and recovered a fumble and also sacked Vick two times. Rams picked up where they left off last year as they were 4th in the NFL in sacks.
Rams got the scoring started quickly. The first play from scrimmage was a touchdown to RB Steven Jackson for 47 yards. The Eagles linebackers were exposed early and often as the Rams RBs rushed for 169 yards. Philadelphia answered back with a 7 yard receiving touchdown to LeSean McCoy. On the next Rams possession RB Steven Jackson carried the ball one more time before leaving the game for good with a quad injury.
Sam Bradford was inconsistent on the day and the Eagles defense capitalized. Juqua Parker was the beneficiary of a 56 yard fumble return for a touchdown as Bradford was sacked. Eagles went into halftime with a 17-10 lead.
Despite the continuing offensive line problems, Michael Vick was just too much. He found ways to keep plays alive for the receivers and for himself. He finished with 14 completions on 32 attempts with 187 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He also rushed 10 times for 98 yards.
In the 4th quarter LeSean McCoy sealed the game with a 47 yard rushing touchdown, his second of the game, and that made the score 31-13. To add insult to injury Rams WR Danny Amendola left the game later in the 4th with a dislocated shoulder.
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