2012 St. Louis Rams season

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2012 St. Louis Rams season
Head coach Jeff Fisher
General manager Les Snead
Owner Stan Kroenke
Home field Edward Jones Dome
Results
Record 7–8–1
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2012 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 75th season in the National Football League, the 18th overall in St. Louis and the first under new head coach Jeff Fisher. Finishing at 7–8–1, they improved on their 2–14 record from 2011. In Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers, the game ended in a 24–24 tie, the first since the 2008 NFL season.

Personnel changes[edit]

On January 2, 2012, Rams' owner Stan Kroenke fired coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney after a 2–14 season, and their 10–38 record after three seasons.[1] Former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher was signed to be the new head coach and Les Snead was hired to be the new general manager.

2012 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 14 [a] Michael Brockers DT LSU
2 33 Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
39 Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
50 [b] Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati
3 65 Trumaine Johnson CB Montana
4 96 Chris Givens WR Wake Forest
5 150 [b] Rokevious Watkins OG South Carolina
6 171 Greg Zuerlein K Missouri Western
7 209 Aaron Brown LB Hawaii
252 [c] Daryl Richardson RB Abilene Christian
NOTES
^[a] The team traded their original first round pick (#2 overall) to the Washington Redskins for Washington's first and second round picks in 2012, along with Washington's first round picks in 2013 and 2014.[2]
^[b] Rams traded the 45th pick to the Bears for the 50th overall pick and the Bears 5th round pick (#150 overall)
^[c] supplemental compensatory selection

Staff[edit]

2012 St. Louis Rams staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning


† – suspended for the 2012 season
(see New Orleans Saints bounty scandal)

Final roster[edit]

2012 St. Louis Rams final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 4 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Rams' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 12 12:30 p.m. CDT at Indianapolis Colts L 3–38 0–1 Lucas Oil Stadium KTVI Recap
2 August 18 7:00 p.m. CDT Kansas City Chiefs W 31–17 1–1 Edward Jones Dome KTVI Recap
3 August 25 7:00 p.m. CDT at Dallas Cowboys L 19–20 1–2 Cowboys Stadium KTVI Recap
4 August 30 7:00 p.m. CDT Baltimore Ravens W 31–17 2–2 Edward Jones Dome KTVI Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 12:00 p.m. CDT at Detroit Lions L 23–27 0–1–0 Ford Field Fox Recap
2 September 16 3:05 p.m. CDT Washington Redskins W 31–28 1–1–0 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
3 September 23 12:00 p.m. CDT at Chicago Bears L 6–23 1–2–0 Soldier Field Fox Recap
4 September 30 12:00 p.m. CDT Seattle Seahawks W 19–13 2–2–0 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
5 October 4 7:20 p.m. CDT Arizona Cardinals W 17–3 3–2–0 Edward Jones Dome NFLN[a] Recap
6 October 14 12:00 p.m. CDT at Miami Dolphins L 14–17 3–3–0 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
7 October 21 12:00 p.m. CDT Green Bay Packers L 20–30 3–4–0 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
8 October 28 12:00 p.m. CDT New England Patriots L 7–45 3–5–0 Wembley Stadium (London, England) CBS Recap
9 Bye
10 November 11 3:25 p.m. CST at San Francisco 49ers T 24–24 (OT) 3–5–1 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
11 November 18 12:00 p.m. CST New York Jets L 13–27 3–6–1 Edward Jones Dome CBS Recap
12 November 25 3:25 p.m. CST at Arizona Cardinals W 31–17 4–6–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 2 12:00 p.m. CST San Francisco 49ers W 16–13 (OT) 5–6–1 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
14 December 9 12:00 p.m. CST at Buffalo Bills W 15–12 6–6–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 16 12:00 p.m. CST Minnesota Vikings L 22–36 6–7–1 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
16 December 23 12:00 p.m. CST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 28–13 7–7–1 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 30 3:25 p.m. CST at Seattle Seahawks L 13–20 7–8–1 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates a division opponent.
^[a] Simulcast locally on KPLR-TV.
 #  Blue/Red indicates the International Series game in London.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week One: St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 10 0 10 23
Lions 0 10 3 14 27

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
  • STL – Greg Zuerlein 48-yard field goal, Rams 3–0, Drive: 10 plays, 36 yards, 5:49.
Second quarter
  • DET – Joique Bell 1-yard run (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 7–3, Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:31.
  • STL – Greg Zuerlein 29-yard field goal, Lions 7–6, Drive: 8 plays, 43 yards, 4:30.
  • STL – Cortland Finnegan 31-yard interception return (Greg Zuerlein kick), Rams 13–7, Drive: 1 play, 31 yards, 0:00.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 41-yard field goal, Rams 13–10, Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards, 1:08.
Third quarter
  • DET – Jason Hanson 45-yard field goal, Tied 13–13, Drive: 5 plays, 15 yards, 2:54.
Fourth quarter
  • STL – Brandon Gibson 23-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein kick), Rams 20–13, Drive: 5 plays, 47 yards, 2:42.
  • DET – Kevin Smith 5-yard run (Jason Hanson kick), Tied 20–20, 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:26.
  • STL – Greg Zuerlein 46-yard field goal, Rams 23–20, Drive: 13 plays, 52 yards, 5:24.
  • DET – Kevin Smith 5-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 27–23, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 1:45.
Top passers
  • STL – Sam Bradford – 17/25, 198 yards, 1 touchdown
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 32/48, 355 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
Top rushers
  • STL – Steven Jackson – 21 carries, 53 yards
  • DET – Kevin Smith – 13 carries, 52 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
  • STL – Danny Amendola – 5 receptions, 70 yards
  • DET – Calvin Johnson – 6 receptions, 111 yards
Top tacklers
  • STL – Cortland Finnegan – 9 tackles, 1 assist, 1 interception, 1 touchdown
  • DET – Justin Durant – 7 tackles, 5 assists

The Rams started their season on the road against the Lions. The Rams drew first blood in the first quarter with a 48-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein to take a 3–0 lead for the only score of that quarter. The Lions then took a 7–3 lead with Joique Bell's 1-yard run for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter. The Rams responded with a 29-yard field goal from Zuerlein as they came up within a point 7–6 before on the Lions' next possession, Matthew Stafford was picked off by Cortland Finnegan and it was returned 31 yards for a touchdown as the Rams retook the lead 13–7. The Lions then responded with Jason Hanson kicking a 41-yard field goal to shorten the Rams' lead to 13–10 at halftime. After the break, the Lions scored first with Jason Hanson kicking a 45-yard field goal to tie the game 13–13 for the only score of the 3rd quarter. However, the Rams would move back into the lead in the 4th quarter with Brandon Gibson's 23-yard catch from Sam Bradford to make it 20–13. The Lions tied the game back up with Kevin Smith running for a touchdown from 5 yards out to tie the game 20–20. The Rams then retook the lead with Greg Zuerlein kicking a 46-yard field goal to make the score 23–20. Finally, on their last possession, the Lions moved down the field and Matthew Stafford found Kevin Smith on a 5-yard touchdown pass to make the final score 27–23 as the Rams would begin their season 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Two: Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 14 7 7 0 28
Rams 3 13 7 8 31

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: September 17
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 53,979
  • Referee: Wayne Elliott
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • STL –

After a tough loss, the Rams returned home for a game against the Redskins. With the win, the team improved to 1–1. Before the game, the Rams were fined $20,000 for not reporting Steven Jackson's injury.[3]

Week 3: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Three: St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 3 0 6
Bears 3 7 0 13 23

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After defeating the Redskins at home, the Rams traveled on the road against the Bears. The Bears scored first in the first quarter with a 54-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to take a 3–0 lead for the only score of the quarter. In the 2nd quarter, the Bears increased their lead when Michael Bush scored a touchdown on a 5-yard run to make the score 10–0. The Rams responded with Greg Zuerlein's 56-yard field goal to shorten the lead to 10–3 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, the Rams drew closer as Zuerlein kicked a 46-yard field goal to make the score 10–6 for the only score of the quarter. But in the 4th quarter, the Bears held on for victory as Gould kicked a 22-yard field goal to make it 13–6 then on the Rams' next possession, Sam Bradford would be intercepted by Major Wright who then returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to make it 20–6. Then finally, Robbie Gould kicked a 37-yard field goal to make the final score 23–6 as the Rams dropped to 1–2.

Week 4: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 0 3 3 13
Rams 3 10 3 3 19

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • STL –

With the win, the Rams improved to 2–2, And 2–0 in home games.

Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Five: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 0 0 0 3
Rams 7 3 0 7 17

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • STL –

With the win, the Rams improved to 3–2. This would also be the first time since 2006 the Rams have come at least a game above .500. Interestingly, the team was 3–0 at home and 0–2 in road games at this point of the season.

Week 6: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Six: St. Louis Rams at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 6 0 0 8 14
Dolphins 0 10 7 0 17

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 84 °F (29 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 52,983
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • MIA –

With the loss, the Rams fell to 3–3. Also, with the Seahawks' win over the Patriots, the team now sits at the bottom of the NFC West. The team was also 0–3 in road games.

Week 7: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Seven: Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 10 0 7 13 30
Rams 3 3 0 14 20

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • GB –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • GB –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • GB –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • GB –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams fell to 3–4 and suffered their first home loss of the season.

Week 8: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

International Series

Week Eight: New England Patriots at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 21 10 7 45
Rams 7 0 0 0 7

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 5:00 p.m. GMT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 84,004
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams fell to 3–5 on the season. The Rams traveled to London and were considered the home team in the 2012 International Series. The Rams' struggles continued as the team lost to the Patriots 45–7 heading into their bye week. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was able to have his way against the Rams' secondary, throwing touchdowns to four different Patriot wide receivers including two to ex-Ram Brandon Lloyd.

Week 10: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Ten: St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Rams 14 0 3 7 0 24
49ers 0 7 0 17 0 24

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 55 °F (13 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • SF –

With their 3-game losing streak snapped, the Rams' record stood at 3–5–1 after the game ended in a 24–24 tie. This would be the first NFL tie game since 2008 when the Bengals and Eagles played to a 13–13 tie game. Also, this is the first tie game between the Rams and 49ers since 1968 when both teams played to a 20–20 tie game while the Rams were still in Los Angeles, thus this game becoming the first tie game between them and the Niners as the St. Louis Rams.

Week 11: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Eleven: New York Jets at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 10 0 14 27
Rams 7 0 0 6 13

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 57,711
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams fell to 3–6–1. Also, after going 3–0 in their first 3 home games, that record now sat at 3–3.

Week 12: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Twelve: St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 14 14 3 31
Cardinals 7 10 0 0 17

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,062
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • ARI –

With the win, the Rams improved to 4–6–1 and swept the season Cardinals for the first time since 2003.

Week 13: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Thirteen: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
49ers 7 0 0 6 0 13
Rams 0 0 2 11 3 16

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 57,279
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • STL –

With the win, the Rams improved to 5–6–1. After going into OT with the 49ers for the second time during the season, the Rams once again faced the threat of a tie. Luckily for the team, kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked a 54-yard field goal to seal the win for the Rams.

Week 14: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Fourteen: St. Louis Rams at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 0 7 8 15
Bills 3 3 6 0 12

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,109
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz and Krista Voda
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • BUF –

With the road win, the Rams improved their record to 6–6–1. The win was attributed to a late fourth quarter comeback drive by Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. The drive resulted in a touchdown reception by Brandon Gibson, bringing the score to 13–12. The Rams then scored a 2-point conversion on a quick pass to Danny Amendola, making the score 15–12 Rams. With under 2 minutes left in the game, the Bills attempted a comeback of their own, but came up short in what resulted in the Rams win.

Week 15: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Fifteen: Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 23 3 3 36
Rams 0 7 0 15 22

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 55,751
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Kristina Pink
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIN –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • MIN –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • MIN –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • MIN –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams fell to a 6–7–1 record on the season. The Rams' loss came due to a stellar, over 200 yards rushing performance by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and by early mistakes by the Rams' offense. Also during the game, Steven Jackson rushed for 73 yards, making him only the 27th player in NFL history to have 10,000 rushing yards on his career.

Week 16: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Sixteen: St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 14 14 0 28
Buccaneers 3 3 7 0 13

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 51,535
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz and Krista Voda
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • TB –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • TB –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • TB –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • TB –

Despite the win, the Rams were officially eliminated from playoff contention due to the Vikings 23–6 win over the Texans, but are aiming to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2004 with a win at Seattle at next week

Week 17: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Seventeen: St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 7 3 3 13
Seahawks 0 3 10 7 20

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 67,936
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • SEA –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • SEA –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • SEA –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • SEA –

After winning over the Buccaneers, the Rams traveled up to Seattle to take on the Seahawks with a division record of 4–0–1, the Seahawks were able to shut down the Rams and hand the team their only divisional loss of the season. The Rams finished 7–8–1, their 6th straight losing season dating back to 2007 and their 9th straight non-winning season dating back to 2004 which is interestingly the last time they made it into the playoffs.

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) San Francisco 49ers 11 4 1 .719 3–2–1 7–4–1 397 273 W1
(5) Seattle Seahawks 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 412 245 W5
St. Louis Rams 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 299 348 L1
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3-9 250 357 L2

References[edit]

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