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Rams still coming to grips with rare tie

Associated Press Modified: November 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm •  Published: November 12, 2012
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"If we can get them off the field there, bottle that kid up a little bit better, we wouldn't even be talking about this," Long said. "We had an opportunity to end that thing."

Sam Bradford threw for 275 yards with no interceptions and a pair of touchdowns, including a 2-yarder to Austin Pettis that put the Rams ahead 24-21 with 1:09 to go in regulation. But the strong numbers offered Bradford no sense of fulfillment.

"It's a weird feeling," Bradford said Sunday. "I think the mood in this locker room was disappointment."

The worst of it was reconciling all of those wasted opportunities.

Fisher blamed the delay of game penalty that nullified Greg Zuerlein's apparent game-winning 53-yard field goal in overtime on rookie mistakes. Fisher called a timeout after second down to discuss the kick and tell players, "They will not ice you," because the 49ers were out of timeouts.

"So, get out there, get set, kick it through those two poles because we've got a plane waiting for us," Fisher said. "It's just unfortunate, just one of those things."

Both Zuerlein and holder Johnny Hekker, also the punter, are rookies.

Amendola was among the NFL leaders with 32 receptions before a collarbone injury sidelined him for four games, and he came back in top form with 11 catches for 102 yards. That's without a pair of would-be game-changers.

His 62-yard punt return to the 2 in the third quarter was nullified by a penalty for blocking above the waist on Justin Cole. His 80-yard reception on the first snap of overtime — also to the 2 — was wiped out because of an illegal formation.

Officials huddled after Amendola's 80-yard catch before throwing a flag because they didn't have a tight end on the left side of the line. Fisher had no complaint about the timing, saying, "They got it right."

Fisher was fine with the penalty on the punt return, too, saying it looked like a legal block from one angle but "from the angle where the official was, I can see where it was a block in the back."

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AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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