Cortland Finnegan spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon in a conference call saying there isn't any burned bridges between the players. To him, it's just business on the field with this rivalry in the NFC West.
"This is not a movie and [it isn't] a fairy tale," Finnegan said. "We want to beat the 49ers as they're in our division. It's on Thursday night. There's a lot of reasons why we need to get on track."
During the minicamp period in June, former Rams safety Craig Dahl indicated that the 49ers tipped plays, which was a flaw that Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and his coaching staff saw. The Rams were successful in stopping the 49ers offense throughout their two meetings last season.
When the news broke out on Dahl revealing how the Rams were able to find problems, Finnegan went to Twitter with a small jab at the 49ers. Despite the exchange between the Rams cornerback and the 49ers, Finnegan said it's all and good fun. He said he is a different person off the field compared to when being a football player.
"It's well documented about the tipped plays, we all know how we feel about that," Finnegan said. "I'm different off the field and the tipped plays from last season weren't a factor during the second meeting in December."
It took almost 10 quarters for the Rams to defeat the 49ers last year when the first meeting ended in a tie. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein made a 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in the overtime period.
Dahl said how important it was to focus on division opponents from his experience with the Rams. He mentioned how there is a different vibe and culture in St. Louis with Jeff Fisher being the head coach.
"It was a big week for us [when I was with the Rams] from looking back and preparing for this game [last year]," Dahl said. "In any divisional rivalry, you know it's going to be a physical game. Under Fisher, the Rams brought a lot of experience. He had an attitude that this was how the team was gonna play and respond his way."
The 49ers safety said there are no hard feelings in regards to Finnegan, his former teammate. He said that he is just as competitive as anyone else and that everything will be settled on the field.
"I do my talking on the field and let my play stand for the person I am," Dahl said. "You have to understand he's a comical guy. We [chirped] with each other when we were teammates and he's a wildcard. He is a smart, opportunistic player and he makes plays for that defense."