ST. LOUIS — For the second straight week, the St. Louis Rams failed to score more than 10 points as they lost a defensive battle Sunday, 12-6, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Six points isn’t going to win you a lot of games,” said Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. “I think we’re averaging eight points a game the last two weeks and that’s not going to get it done for you.”
The Rams’ leading rusher in the game was receiver Chris Givens, who had a 24-yard run on a jet sweep.
Todd Gurley made his deput after missing the first two games due to an ACL injury he suffered while he was at Georgia last year.
Gurley saw limited action, carrying the ball six times for nine yards.
“First game, got to get in the groove of things,” Gurley said. “Just looking forward to (Monday) to see what we did wrong and just try to get better next week.”
Starting running back Trey Mason only had 16 yards on nine carries.
“We played good defense (Sunday), nonetheless,” Fisher said. “…With all due respect to Greg Zuerlein, I don’t want to see him on the field as much.”
Zuerlein had four punts, two of them ended up inside the 20-yard line.
The Rams tried to get big plays in the passing game, but the failure to execute those long passes hurt St. Louis’ chances of getting its second win of the season.
Down 9-6 with less than three minutes remaining, Nick Foles threw a deep ball down the middle of the field to tight end Lance Kendricks, but the ball sailed and Will Allen intercepted it.
The Rams stopped Darrius Heyward-Bey two yards short of the first down on a third-and-9 to hold the Steelers to a field goal, which gave Pittsburgh a 12-6 lead.
On the first drive of the second half, Kendricks was open down the Rams’ sideline but he dropped the ball inside the 20-yard line for what could have been a game-tying score before the extra-point try.
“When you’re in a field position game like that where there’s potential swings and potential additional first downs, those are hard to overcome,” Fisher said.
St. Louis started its final drive of the game with two minutes remaining at its own 21-yard line.
Jared Cook had a 13-yard reception to start the drive, but a pass to Kenny Britt two plays later on third down was incomplete.
It was ruled a completion on the field, but it was overturned following a review.
Britt jumped up to catch the ball, but he lost control of it when he landed on the turf.
“I think it was a beautiful catch to tell you the truth,” Britt said.
Pittsburgh backup quarterback Mike Vick just had to kneel the ball down until the clock ran out.
Vick played much of the second half after Ben Rothlisburger left the game with a left knee injury.
Vick completed 5-of-6 for 38 yards and was sacked twice.
Rothlisburger completed 20-of-24 for 192 yards and an interception. The Rams sacked him three times.
The Rams limited Le’Veon Bell to 62 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown in his season deput after serving a two-game suspension.
With the Rams’ struggles on the ground, Foles threw it 28 times, completing 19 of them for 197 yards.
The Rams will head west to play the Arizona Cardinals next week.
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