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Oakland Raider's | San Francisco 49ers | NFL


LA are kings of the NFL

Super Bowl 56 was a showcase for the Los Angeles area. From their football team (The Los Angeles Rams) and music talent it was a star studded event that the Rams would win 23-20 over a game Cincinnati Bengal's squad.

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

The back and forth affair was decided when Rams DE Aaron Donald pressured Cincy QB Joe Burrow into a wild, hopeless pass on 4th down late in the 4th quarter.

Rams won, not the same ole Rams that seemed to fall apart at the sight of the San Francisco 49ers. That's another story.

This tell showed how a team can quickly bounce back from losing a recent Super Bowl and win one a few short years later.

Aaron Donald was not alone. Odell Bekham Jr opened the scoring with a TD and Cooper Cupp added his first to make it 13-3 LA.

Cincy got back into the game behind the running and throwing of tailback Joe Mixon. Joe became one of the few running backs to throw a touchdown when he tossed a six yarder to Tree Higgins and it was 13-10 Rams at the half.

The Rams dodged a bullet when Cincinnati scored right out of the half time break when Jalen Ramsey fell down (with a little tug on the face mask by Tee) letting Higgins catch his second TD, this one 75-yards just 14-seconds into the second half.

An interception by Matthew Stafford that was a tipped pass, gave the ball right back to the Bengal's at the Rams 31. Cincy could only get a field goal out of it to keep it a one score game at 20-13 Cincy.

A field goal with 5 minutes left in the 3rd pulled LA to 16-20 and Cupp TD was the only score of the 4th.

OBJ got hurt when the turf monster bit him in the knee and he was out hurt midway thru the second quarter for the rest of the game.

When you have the league's leading receiver on the other side QB Matthew Stafford was able to adjust just fine as we know finding Cooper Cupp who stepped up in the biggest game of his life, shinning as the go to man on the Rams last desperate game winning drive catching the winning TD and snaring the Super Bowl 56 MVP award along with it.

The drive was helped late when a pass interference turned a 3 and goal incomplete pass into a first and goal half the distance to the goal line and just 1:45 left in the game.

Cupp caught his second TD moments later and Aaron Donald and Co. (the Rams D) took care of the rest.




The NFL playoff picture becoming clear (sort of )

By Eric Taylor

Photo by Todd Fiener

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

The powers that be in the NFL got what they wanted this season. Most of the NFL teams still have a chance at the making the playoffs at Christmas.

No less then 27 of the 32 teams still have life. That means ticket sales and fans in front of their tv's watching football. Only the Green Bay Packers have clinched a playoff spot.

13 out of 14 spots in the playoffs are still up for grabs. 27 teams are still in the hunt for those 13 remaining spots. Almost anything can happens in these last few weeks of the 2021 regular season.

The 4-10 New York Giants still have a chance to make the playoffs just as 10-4 and AFC leading Kansas City has a chance to miss them.

Only five teams, Jacksonville, Chicago, Houston, the New York Jets and Detroit have been eliminated from the playoffs.



Things not going as planned for SF

By Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

The San Francisco 49ers were billed as a serious Super Bowl contender heading into the 2021 season.

Nearing the halfway point San Francisco is trying to stay relevant in the race for a wild card spot in the playoffs.

They are 2-3, buried behind five teams that are not winning division right now and hoping their franchise QB Jimmy Garoppolo can stay healthy starting with the next game against the Colts Sunday.

Garoppolo missed San Francisco's loss to 5-0 Arizona (17-10) that saw rookie Trey Lance get his first NFL start. He looked like a rookie throwing for 192-yards and rushing 89 more.

Lance did keep the 49ers in the game with only one turnover but he was reckless at time with the way he ran taking big hits along the way.

It's hard to survive in the NFL as a running QB and it shows the Trey needs some seasoning before he can be a productive QB in the NFL.



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