Taking a shot: Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he had no regrets going with a pass on second-and-goal at San Diego’s 4 with the game on the line. The play resulted in San Diego defensive back Marcus Gilchrist's game-clinching interception on a bad read and throw by quarterback Shaun Hill. But Fisher said he wanted to be aggressive in that spot.
“The plan was not to just sit there and go incomplete, incomplete and settle for a field goal,” Fisher said. “We were trying to win the game. This was not Shaun’s fault, he got us there. He did a hell of a job on that drive getting us down there. You just hope the ball is thrown away. It’s not and then they make a play.”
Confounding calls: There were plenty of head-scratching calls and non-calls on a day when 17 penalties were called and enforced, but there were a few that Fisher mentioned specifically. On one, a call for hands to the face on tackle Joe Barksdale (originally credited to Greg Robinson but now fixed) was “not a big deal,” according to Fisher. That play wiped out a touchdown pass from Hill to receiver Kenny Britt.
Of more interest was a blocked field goal on which there was a penalty on each team, but the one against the Rams was a neutral zone infraction. Fisher thought the officials meant that penalty should be on San Diego, but it went against his team.
“I thought maybe they got the teams switched, because a neutral zone infraction is basically a defensive infraction,” Fisher said. “Our field goal team, they interlock their legs so it’s nearly impossible to have one of your protectors in the neutral zone. I haven’t seen it; I’ll have to look at it. They were adamant that that was the call. I’ve never heard that ever called before.”
Owners' summit: Rams owner Stan Kroenke was in the house at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. He also spent some time chatting with Chargers owner Dean Spanos on the Rams’ sideline before the game.