On a night when the Seahawks knew they could afford to do almost nothing wrong, they found ways to do almost everything right.
|Total Net Yards||362|
|Time of Possession||32:49|
|Total Net Yards||331|
|Time of Possession||27:11|
In a nutshell: 0-0. No points, but a lot of action as the Seahawks drove to the Rams’ 28- and 42-yard lines on their two first quarter possessions, only to go the wrong way after that because of three sacks of Russell Wilson and a pass interference penalty.
Player of the quarter: Chris Clemons. The Seahawks’ Leo end was very active in the first 15 minutes. On the Rams’ first possession, Clemons stopped Steven Jackson for a 2-yard gain on first-and-10 and then hit QB Sam Bradford as he was throwing on third down to force an incompletion. On their second possession, Clemons stopped Jackson for no gain on second down to help force another punt and a three-and-out for the Rams.
Play of the quarter: The Seahawks scored a touchdown on Wilson’s 28-yard pass to tight end Zach Miller. But a pass interference penalty on No. 2 tight end Anthony McCoy nullified the score and forced the Seahawks to punt after Wilson was sacked on two of the next three plays.
Number of the quarter: 0. After putting up 58, 50 and 42 the past three games, the Seahawks went scoreless.
In a nutshell: Rams 7, Seahawks 3. The Seahawks broke the scoreless tie on a 43-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 10:40 left in the half, but even that came begrudgingly as the “drive” covered 17 yards in five plays – despite the drive starting at the Rams’ 42-yard line because Johnny Hekker’s 33-yard punt went out of bounds and Marshawn Lynch broke a 24-yard run on the first play. The Rams then took the lead with six minutes left on Sam Bradford’s 2-yard TD pass to Austin Pettis to cap an eight-play, 76-yard drive that got a huge boost on Bradford’s 37-yard pass to Chris Givens to the Seahawks’ 4 on third-and-5.
Player of the quarter: Bradford. He was 5 of 6 for 47 yards on a half-closing drive the ended with Greg Zuerlein missing a 51-yard field goal. He was 5 of 6 for 55 yards on the drive to his TD pass.
Play of the quarter: The 37-yard pass to Givens, which came on a slant against rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane.
Number of the quarter: 5. The first-half sacks by the Rams, one more than the previous season-high on Russell Wilson for an entire game.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 13, Rams 10. The Seahawks took the second-half kickoff and drove 55 yards in seven plays to a 49-yard field by Steven Hauschka. The big play was Russell Wilson’s 49-yard pass to tight end Anthony McCoy on a third-and-2 play, as the Seahawks netted 1 yard on their other five offensive snaps. The Rams took the ensuing kickoff and drove 60 yards in 11 plays to a 39-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein that made it 10-6 with 5½ remaining in the quarter. The drive included a 15-yard run by Steven Jackson and Sam Bradford’s 8-yard pass to Austin Pettis on third-and-7. The Seahawks regained the lead, 13-10, when Wilson passed 10 yards to fullback Michael Robinson for a touchdown to cap a six-play, 65-yard drive. The big play was Wilson’s 31-yard pass play to Golden Tate on third-and-5.
Player of the quarter: Wilson. He was 4 of 5 for 61 yards on the go-ahead drive.
Play of the quarter: Wilson’s third-down pass to Tate. It wasn’t a TD, but the Seahawks would not have scored the go-ahead TD without it.
Number of the quarter: 26. The TD pass was Wilson’s 26th, tying Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record from 1998, and also a completion to No. 26 – Robinson.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 20, Rams 13. The Rams tied the score at 13 with 11:23 left in the quarter on a 25-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to cap an 11-play, 52-yard drive that began at the end of the third quarter. But the Seahawks came back and drove 90 yards in 10 plays to a 1-yard scoring run by Russell Wilson with 1:39 left. The big play was Golden Tate’s leaping catch of a 44-yard pass from Wilson at the Rams’ 29. The Rams drove to the Seahawks’ 29 in the closing seconds, but Richard Sherman intercepted Sam Bradford’s fourth-down pass at the goal line.
Players of the quarter: Tate and Wilson. Before he made his big catch, Tate recovered a Marshawn Lynch fumble on the second play of the drive. Wilson passed and then ran the Seahawks to the winning score.
Play of the quarter: Facing a third-and-5 from their 27-yard line on the game-winning TD drive, Wilson went to Tate, who made a leaping grab over cornerback Trumaine Johnson for a 44-yard gain to the Rams’ 29.
Non-plays of the quarter: Facing a third-and-9 from their 35-yard line, Wilson uncorked a deep pass that Doug Baldwin came down with for a 49-yard gain to the Rams’ 16. But a holding penalty on tight end Anthony McCoy nullified the play, and the Seahawks had to punt. Then, it appeared Chris Clemons came up with a fumble-forcing sack of Bradford and Malcolm Smith returned the ball for a touchdown. But the officials reviewed the play and determined it was an incomplete pass.
Numbers of the quarter: 8 and 0. As in the Seahawks went 8-0 at home for only the third time in franchise history, and first time since 2005, when they made their run to Super Bowl XL.
St. Louis Rams' Craig Dahl, left, hits the turf as Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch steps near the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Seattle. Lynch gained three yards on the play, which was originally ruled a touchdown but reversed on a challenge call. The Seahawks won 20-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll cheers on his team late in their NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 20-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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