EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams got a little break from head coach Jeff Fisher when he gave them a "sleep in" Thursday, pushing back all meetings and practice for the day.
That meant a late afternoon practice ending early Thursday evening. Apparently, the later start time also was helpful in allowing some of the Rams recovering from injury to make positive progress. Heading up that list is left tackle Jake Long, who participated on a limited basis Thursday after sitting Wednesday as he goes through the concussion protocol.
SAN FRANCISCO -- It is not going to be the most important game of the season, as many thought when the schedule was released in April.
The Seattle Seahawks, coming off an absolute beat down of New Orleans on Monday night, are 11-1 and the San Francisco 49ers are 8-4 heading into their meeting on Sunday, which will be the second-to-last game at Candlestick Park. The Seahawks will clinch the NFC West with a win. The 49ers need a win more because they're holding onto the sixth and final NFC playoff spot by a game.