11 penalties doomed Rams against 49ers

Coach Jeff Fisher is willing to forget about the season-high 11

penalties the Rams took on Sunday in a 23-13 loss at San

Francisco.

As long as it doesn’t happen again.

”We’re not (normally) a penalty-plagued football team,” he

said Monday.

St. Louis had a two-game winning streak snapped in the loss. The

Rams took a step backward after impressive wins over Indianapolis,

38-8, and Chicago, 42-21.

The Rams (5-7) committed 11 penalties for 105 yards. The first

five came on defense in the game’s opening 12:15, and four of them

handed the 49ers a first down. The mistakes helped San Francisco

roll out to a 13-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

St. Louis had eight penalties on defense, two on offense and one

on special teams. The first-half defensive infractions helped the

49ers score on each of their first three possessions.

Fisher felt some of the penalties were due to too much

aggression by the secondary.

”When you play man to man against physical receivers, it’s

going to happen,” he said. ”We’ve got to teach our corners that

you can’t grab now.”

The St. Louis offense did little to help pick up the defense.

The Rams got their initial first down early in the second quarter.

Kellen Clemens hit on 19 of 37 passes for 218 yards, but was just

11 of 28 for 128 yards before the Rams’ lone touchdown drive. That

series ended with an 8-yard pass to Brian Quick with 18 seconds

left in the game. San Francisco had just three regulars on the

field during the march.

St. Louis center Scott Wells broke his left leg in the first

half and is likely lost for the season, according to Fisher. Left

tackle Jake Long departed in the third quarter Sunday with

concussion-like symptoms. He is going through the NFL’s required

concussion protocol, but Fisher said ”he felt pretty good,” on

Monday.

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