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Sam Bradford's Fourth Quarter Salvages Start Vs. Detroit Lions

Sam Bradford looked shaky through three quarters in the St. Louis Rams' 27-23 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but after he lost two of his offensive linemen to injury—Scott Wells to a foot problem and Rodger Saffold to this scary neck injury—Bradford inexplicably turned it on Sunday, getting the Rams to within a few yards of a touchdown that would have left the game tied at worst heading into overtime.

Bernie Miklasz tweeted the facts—Bradford, far from collapsing under the pressure, finished the game 6-for-8 for 84 yards and a touchdown, after starting the proceedings just 11-for-17 for 110 yards. Those final numbers won't get him elected to the Pro Bowl, but given the state of the Rams' offense—under its third regime in as many years—they won't get him dumped for Matt Barkley, either.

And if he keeps playing like that, the best part is that the Rams won't even be in a position to draft next year's Matt Barkley, for once. If you can turn Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson, and Steven Jackson into 194 yards on 25 attempts, you—and, finally, your offense—are doing something right.