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Rams and 49ers finish a bizarre tie game

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Donovan McNabb wants to know where everyone’s going.

The Rams and 49ers just tripped across each other repeatedly in overtime, finishing in a 24-24 tie. It’s the first tie in the NFL since McNabb and the Eagles drew with the Bengals on Nov. 16, 2008.

It was a ridiculous finish to a game that was played on the fringes all day.

Both Greg Zuerlein and David Akers missed field goals in overtime, after a delay of game penalty on the Rams erased a 53-yard winner by Zuerlein.

Of course, Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola nearly ended it on the first play. He was betrayed by one of his teammates, with an illegal formation penalty negating an 80-yard reception which nearly went the distance.

Colin Kaepernick played an efficient game in relief of Alex Smith, but the Rams gained 458 yards on the league’s second-ranked defense.

It was a strange day, and the end was probably appropriate.

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68 Responses to “Rams and 49ers finish a bizarre tie game”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 11, 2012 8:21 PM

    49ers lose janitor, things getting messy.

  2. niners816 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:22 PM

    I don’t know if I should be happy we didn’t lose, or mad because we tied the Rams. Weird game.

  3. rollore says: Nov 11, 2012 8:22 PM

    Let’s hope the 49ers haven’t plateaued their season.

  4. aljack88 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:23 PM

    There should be a mandatory program for all players and coaches to attend yearly pertaining to: TIME AWARENESS / CLOCK MANAGEMENT

  5. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Nov 11, 2012 8:23 PM

    Donovan McNabb is currently waiting for double overtime

  6. joeychargers says: Nov 11, 2012 8:24 PM

    That was a doozy.

  7. razon04 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:25 PM

    I don’t like the delay game on the FG….I will have to watch it again but it looked like clock reach zero and the snap were way to close to call it.

  8. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 11, 2012 8:25 PM

    Neither team really deserved to win, so the outcome was appropriate. At least Kaepernick and Bradford won’t make ridiculous statements about Super Bowls being tied or being unaware of rules, like McScabb.

  9. sixjak says: Nov 11, 2012 8:26 PM

    Crazy crazy game. The bye was not the 9ers’ friend. Good news: Kappy can play. Going to the next matchup in STL in 3 weeks. Should be a thriller.

  10. upperdecker19 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:26 PM

    When does double OT start.

    Regards,
    Donovan McNabb

  11. raiderapologist says: Nov 11, 2012 8:26 PM

    Donovan McNabb is confused.

  12. sliceanddic3 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:26 PM

    Well the true winners in this game were the zebras, they were determined to not let the 9ers lose. Add the 49ers to list of teams I hate now.

    -Rams fan (Who never in the least bit hated the 49ers)

  13. shaggytoodle says: Nov 11, 2012 8:28 PM

    That will make it interesting when it comes to the seeding of the post season. Maybe even a a bye week at steak.

  14. schmitty2 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:28 PM

    I don’t care if your a 9er’s or Ram’s fan..that an amazing game. The Ram’s should have won that game

  15. lightcleric says: Nov 11, 2012 8:29 PM

    Don’t forget how they let the clock run during the measurement and the Rams calling timeput that let the Niners get down the field to tie it.

    Bizarre game indeed.

  16. rhett16 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:30 PM

    Donovan McNabb just made himself a nice plate of nachos and is settling into his Lay-Z-Boy to watch the second overtime.

  17. toadthechoad says: Nov 11, 2012 8:30 PM

    Poorly officiated. Didn’t know the replacement refs were still reffing games. They never had a clue. Refs took that one from the rams in ot. They didn’t call illegal formation whether it was (which it was) they didn’t call it. They called that the eligible receiver failed to report. Not there not being enough guys on the line of scrimmage. Horrible.

  18. newenglandsports11 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:31 PM

    Donovan McNabb would be warming up for Double Overtime right now.

  19. mattsffrd says: Nov 11, 2012 8:31 PM

    I’m a niners fan. That was… weird? Glad we didn’t lose I guess.

  20. pgh15212 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:32 PM

    Why did fisher call that timeout before the go ahead td?

    He coulda ran the clock way down or forced san Fran to burn a to

  21. goniners49 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:32 PM

    Note to league: NO MORE TIES!

  22. seahawksbmx says: Nov 11, 2012 8:32 PM

    Ties, while fairly rare in the NFL, can throw an interesting wrinkle into playoff races. ‘Niner fans shouldn’t be too bummed about the outcome. Could have easily lost and that 1/2 game difference just might be what wins the division for them.

  23. budramsfan says: Nov 11, 2012 8:36 PM

    A tie is unacceptable, the game should keep going until someone scores

  24. jerrod777 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:37 PM

    The referees were HORRIBLE with time management. Besides losing over a minute in regulation to an officials measurement, they also missed several seconds in overtime that was the difference between St Louis being able to try one last field goal try. They couldn’t determine if there was a fumble so they wasted time, then they respotted the ball while St Louis was waiting to snap the ball. Where is the accountability with bad reffing. I’m beginning to think the replacements weren’t that bad after all.

  25. cacheesehead1237 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:37 PM

    “Donovan McNabb wants to know where everyone’s going.”

    – that may be the funniest thing I have read on PFT this year

  26. golfore says: Nov 11, 2012 8:37 PM

    49ers should be happy they got a tie instead of a loss. The Rams gave that one away. Amazing…

  27. goldrush36 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:39 PM

    Niners had to settle for a FG inside the redzone with 3 seconds remaining. Take away that nice 1:12 game clock gaffe by the officials and there is likely not even OT, but the 49ers D was extremely sloppy and they didn’t deserve the W

  28. mott7777 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:41 PM

    Worst officiated game all year since the Seahawks/Packers dibacle.

  29. goldrush36 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:42 PM

    Also bizarre… this now puts 49ers/Rams all time record at 61-61-3

  30. skito13 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:44 PM

    Those late…………….flags are poor, delays in setting the ball,the clock.
    A true sign that the old refs r back.

  31. ibanezshred says: Nov 11, 2012 8:46 PM

    Donovan McNabb wants to know where everyone’s going.

    GR8est Line I have seen in a long time!

  32. sportfanz says: Nov 11, 2012 8:47 PM

    Rams gave Niners all they could handle today. Once again Niners looked ill prepared for their opponent. Hate to say it but Niners were out of sync and out coached…again! Next 2 games will define their season (Bears, Saints).

  33. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 11, 2012 8:48 PM

    toadthechoad says: Nov 11, 2012 8:30 PM

    They called that the eligible receiver failed to report.

    ——————————————————-

    That’s still a penalty. If you are not wearing an eligible number, you have to report and be announced by the ref.

  34. mott7777 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:49 PM

    Horrible job by the refs in this game…especially with regards to the clock.

  35. goldrush36 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:51 PM

    toadthechoad says: Nov 11, 2012 8:30 PM

    Poorly officiated. Didn’t know the replacement refs were still reffing games. They never had a clue. Refs took that one from the rams in ot. They didn’t call illegal formation whether it was (which it was) they didn’t call it. They called that the eligible receiver failed to report. Not there not being enough guys on the line of scrimmage. Horrible.
    ______________________________________
    Ummm yes and no… that illegal formation STILL makes Saffold an unreported ineligible tight end on the play.

  36. wtf2812 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:51 PM

    Not a St. Louis Rams fan, but if I was I would be so pissed at Jeff Fisher for the unbelievable amount of dumb penalties in the game his team was guilty of, especially in OT. A lineman doesn’t report as a tight end and takes away an 80-yard pass? Really? You kick a 53-yard field goal to win the game but YOUR team is called for delay? Really? On the last play of the game before you throw a Hail Mary you get called for a delay again? REALLY?????

    And calling timeout with first and goal from the 3 with 1:12 to go wasn’t a genius move, either. The Rams could ran down the clock and scored, especially if it took two plays to do so.

    That was terrible for a team of “professionals.”

  37. jikkle49 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:54 PM

    It was a sloppy game officiating wise but none of the calls really cost anyone the game.

    The Amendola 80 yard call back was still a penalty despite it being called incorrectly and the delay of game FG was the correct call. Blame Fisher for not using a TO on that one.

    The Rams only have themselves to blame for not winning that one as stupid penalties killed them.

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:56 PM

    Shameful officiating in this game. SF being -900 certainly didn’t hurt… they did everything they could to ensure that SF won it and they STILL couldn’t do it.

  39. offthelows says: Nov 11, 2012 8:57 PM

    Fisher has the Rams playing a lot better but he made an idiotic mistake using a timeout before the Pettis TD or at least letting the clock run before doing it. Had 3 timeouts. No need to save that much time.

    For Seattle, odds of catching the Niners aren’t great but the tie was as good as a SF loss, since the Seahawks are 0-3 in division

  40. mahimike says: Nov 11, 2012 9:00 PM

    Refs ripped off Rams.

    They took 2 huge Danny Amendola bombs away with extremely late flags and they also denied the game winning FG. Not to mention the non-touchdown by Kaepernick. He clearly stepped out of bounds. He was so sure the play would be overturned, he was looking at the next play on his wristband and started to walk on the field.

    Home cookin’ all the way today.

  41. niners816 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:01 PM

    @joetoronto,

    Your team got beat 55-20. Shh, little boy.

  42. bsizzle80 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:03 PM

    goldrush36 says:Nov 11, 2012 8:39 PM

    Niners had to settle for a FG inside the redzone with 3 seconds remaining. Take away that nice 1:12 game clock gaffe by the officials and there is likely not even OT, but the 49ers D was extremely sloppy and they didn’t deserve the W

    _______________________________

    FYI, the game clock gaffe was in the FIRST HALF, it had nothing to do with the end of the 2nd half… get your facts straight before you whine…

  43. chillyvizion says: Nov 11, 2012 9:09 PM

    Greatest opening ever Darin!

  44. goldrush36 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:09 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:56 PM

    Shameful officiating in this game. SF being -900 certainly didn’t hurt… they did everything they could to ensure that SF won it and they STILL couldn’t do it.
    _________________________________
    Hey what happened to the Giants? Don’t see you runnin mouth over there! LOL LOL LOL

  45. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:10 PM

    Yeah, Kaepernick was clearly out of bounds. I was 100% certain that they would overturn it. And there was no guarantee that they would have gotten 6 after that, either.

  46. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:11 PM

    goldrush is a SF fan, bsizzle… you 49er fans are so defensive that you can’t even recognize each other. Just like your coach.

    And the ball spotting, standing over the ball, letting the clock run, and then moving the ball back for absolutely no reason, and running more time off the clock definitely killed any chance for the Rams to get into FG range.

  47. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 11, 2012 9:13 PM

    mahimike says: Nov 11, 2012 9:00 PM

    Refs ripped off Rams.

    ————————————————————

    Not to say the officiating was great, but blaming the refs for a loss is unacceptable. Especially since the penalties on the Amedola plays were correct. Doesn’t matter how late they were called. Your team outplayed the Niners for the most part, but also made the critical mistakes. As I said earlier, the outcome was appropriate since NEITHER team truly deserved to win.

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:17 PM

    sixjak says: Nov 11, 2012 8:26 PM

    Crazy crazy game. The bye was not the 9ers’ friend. Good news: Kappy can play. Going to the next matchup in STL in 3 weeks. Should be a thriller.
    ————-

    Playing against a tired defense. A fresh one will kill him.

  49. bsizzle80 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:24 PM

    Mr. Wright

    DUDE, I’m definitely not a 49ers fan… lol I hate them!!! I was laughing my Arse off when Akers missed the FG!!!

    My team is on the east coast, nitwit…

  50. dstep24 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:29 PM

    Championship caliber teams don’t let the Rams tie them at home

  51. wtf2812 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:30 PM

    The calls I mentioned earlier were all penalties. I wouldn’t blame the refs. The Rams were were sloppy as hell.

  52. localbandhero says: Nov 11, 2012 9:30 PM

    I wonder what would happen in a playoff game with a tie.

  53. dstep24 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:30 PM

    Nor do they let them hang almost 500 yards on their second ranked defense.

  54. hypchucky9 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:30 PM

    Wow, the number of Rams fans thinking that their team got screwed by the refs is ridiculous. What about the 72 seconds that were taken off the clock?

    The fact that the flags on the two Amendola plays were late doesn’t mean they weren’t actually penalties.

    The Rams gave this one up… And so did Akers for my 49ers.

    Lesson should be learned to not have these mistakes.

    All of that apart, Jeff Fisher, you are a welcome addition to this division. Getting the Rams competitive again is a great thing and now I have to have a heart attack against the Hawks and Rams.

    The Cardinals need someone knew. Whizenhunt doesn’t know how to choose a QB. I’m really hoping Chip Kelly chooses ARZ next year.

  55. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:31 PM

    goldrush36 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:09 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:56 PM

    Shameful officiating in this game. SF being -900 certainly didn’t hurt… they did everything they could to ensure that SF won it and they STILL couldn’t do it.
    _________________________________
    Hey what happened to the Giants? Don’t see you runnin mouth over there! LOL LOL LOL
    ——

    We got destroyed, manhandled in every facet of the game. And they beat us, we didn’t beat ourselves… you know, like SF claims they do every time they lose.

    LOL LOL LOL /sarcasm.

  56. ninerfan94954 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:43 PM

    The 49ers should be thrilled with a tie, they played poorly. Akers is starting to scare me and you would think you might want to watch out for the punter faking then passing THE SECOND TIME he burned you! Rams outplayed and out coached SF. Ugh!!!

  57. oaktown49er says: Nov 11, 2012 10:33 PM

    Ties are unAmerican!!!!!

  58. orivar says: Nov 11, 2012 10:34 PM

    Because McNabb is the only player that didn’t realize you could tie. /sarcasm

  59. ghjjf says: Nov 11, 2012 10:41 PM

    Rams knocked out Alex smith and only managed a tie? Pathetic!

  60. sariff420 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:42 PM

    Localbandhero…

    No ties in the playoffs

  61. docboss says: Nov 11, 2012 10:51 PM

    This game was like watching a really bad movie. You just can’t stop watching because you can’t believe it can get any worse! I was both repulsed and fascinated. 49ers will still easily win the division but that “tie” could really hurt when it comes to home field advantage. Rams’ game can best be described as a series of epic blunders. Game looked like disinterested seniors against motivated freshmen.

  62. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:00 PM

    Kaepernick is an upgrade over Smith.

  63. tdrundmc says: Nov 11, 2012 11:18 PM

    Kaepernick is a running back

  64. ocramfan22 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:37 PM

    Just another heart breaking finish for the soon to be Los Angeles Rams…

  65. ocramfan22 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:59 PM

    Just another heart breaker for the soon to be Los Angeles Rams…

  66. 1standinches says: Nov 12, 2012 12:07 AM

    These games ending in ties are ridiculous their needs to be a winner!

  67. sixjak says: Nov 12, 2012 7:27 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Nov 11, 2012 9:17 PM
    sixjak says: Nov 11, 2012 8:26 PM

    Crazy crazy game. The bye was not the 9ers’ friend. Good news: Kappy can play. Going to the next matchup in STL in 3 weeks. Should be a thriller.
    ————-

    Playing against a tired defense. A fresh one will kill him.

    _____________

    I guess if he’s playing against a fresh defense he too will have a fresh offense and will have had more practice time during the week to prepare as well. Your point is irrelevant.

  68. 49erstim says: Nov 12, 2012 8:35 AM

    It is amusing to come on here and read comments from fans of neither of these teams. Let us educate them. Division always plays tough. I actually expected a tough game. I did not foresee the sloppy play by the 9ers Defense though.

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