|Total Net Yards||135|
|Time of Possession||21:51|
|Total Net Yards||339|
|Time of Possession||38:09|
Rod Mar takes you onto the sidelines and in the locker room of the closest game played this year as the Seahawks escape St. Louis with a 14-9 win over the Rams in a game where it came down to the last play.
Photos from the Seahawks "Competition Wednesday" practice - on a Thursday - ahead of the team's Week 8 road matchup with the St. Louis Rams on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
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In a nutshell: Rams 3, Seahawks 0. The Seahawks won the coin toss, but deferred. The defense then stopped the Rams after six plays, but Johnny Hekker kicked the Seahawks into poor field position with a 55-yard punt that Golden Tate fumbled out of bounds at the Seahawks’ 7-yard line. The Seahawks held the ball for only four plays on a possession that also included two penalties against the Rams and one on the Seahawks. Jon Ryan’s 37-yard punt gave the Rams the ball at the Seahawks’ 46. The Rams took advantage on a 33-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein with 4:37 left in the quarter. The big gain on the seven-play, 31-yard drive was Kellen Clemens’ 26-yard pass to Austin Pettis on third-and-9. The Rams were driving again, but Bruce Irvin intercepted a Clemens’ pass at the Seahawks’ 15.
Players of the quarter: The Rams pass-rushers. NFC sack-leader Robert Quinn and Williams Hayes had sacks, but the Rams came after Russell Wilson in a variety of ways and gave him no time to find his receivers.
Play of the quarter: Irvin’s interception and 13-yard return. The pick came at the Seahawks’ 15-yard line. It also came after the Seahawks had given up 11- and 13-yard runs to Zac Stacy.
Number of the quarter: 27. The yards nullified by two penalties on right guard J.R. Sweezy cost the Seahawks – an 11-yard pass from Wilson to Luke Willson and a 16-yard run by Marshawn Lynch.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 7, Rams 3. The Rams continued to keep the Seahawks on their heels to open the second half and had a first down at the Seattle 46-yard line. But Richard Sherman intercepted an overthrown pass by Kellen Clemens and returned it 38 yards to the Rams’ 26. It wasn’t easy, but the Seahawks scored on Russell Wilson’s 1-yard pass to Golden Tate with 5:37 left in the half on a third-and-goal play. Wilson ran for 17 yards on the second play of the drive, but also was stopped for no gain and a 1-yard loss before throwing the TD pass to Tate. The teams then exchanged punts for the remainder of the half.
Player of the quarter: Robert Quinn. The NFC sack leader padded his stats with back-to-back sacks at the end of the half. The Rams’ defensive end beat center Max Unger on the first and left tackle Paul McQuistan on the second – giving him three in the first half. The sacks were a glaring indication of just how much pressure Wilson was under the entire half.
Play of the quarter: Sherman’s interception, his fourth of the season. The Seahawks had few answers for what the Rams were doing on defense and offense. So Sherman’s pick and return – with an assist from a big block by Kam Chancellor – helped out both units. It stopped another Rams’ drive and gave the offense field position it had not been able to generate.
Number of the quarter: Ask the Rams’ defense, because they had the Seahawks’ number for most of the first half.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 14, Rams 6. The Seahawks went three-and-out twice, with Russell Wilson being sacked for the fifth and sixth times in the game. And the Rams also had a three-and-out. But the Rams then “drove” 37 yards in 10 plays to a 28-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein that cut the Seahawks’ lead to one. Zac Stacy carried five times for 23 yards. But quicker than you could say Golden Tate, Wilson rolled to his right and flung a pass back to Tate on the left side for a touchdown that made it 14-6 with 3:45 left in the quarter. Tate also was penalized 15 yards for taunting because he was waving as he ran toward the end zone, and it was assessed on the kickoff. The Rams were driving at the end of a bizarre quarter and had a second-and-10 at the Seahawks’ 25 as time expired.
Players of the quarter: The Seahawks’ defense. They made some good plays, they made some bad plays, they made some, well, not-so-smart plays. But the bottom line was, they played too much because of the offense’s inability to stay on the field.
Play of the quarter: The Wilson-to-Tate TD pass, of course. The Seahawks had 42 yards of offense before picking up 80 on that one play – and extending their lead to eight points just after the Rams had cut it to one.
Number of the quarter: 15. Minutes between the Seahawks and their seventh victory, or their second loss.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 14, Rams 9. An 11-play, 69-yard drive that began at the end of the third quarter ended with Greg Zuerlein kicking his third field goal, this one a 27-yarder that made it 14-9 with 12:51 left in the game. After the Seahawks’ third three-and-out of the second half, Zuerlein missed a 50-yard field goal attempt – that’s the same Greg Zuerlein who kicked 60-, 58- and 48-yard field goals against the Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome last season. The Seahawks did not take advantage, however, as Chris Long got to Russell Wilson on third down for the Rams’ seventh sack. The Rams then drove 96 yards against a weary Seahawks defense, but Clemens’ fourth-and-goal pass was incomplete on the final play of the game.
Player of the quarter: Earl Thomas. With the game on the line – literally – Thomas stopped Daryl Richardson for a 1-yard loss on third down to set up Clemens’ final incomplete pass. Thomas also had three other tackles on the last possession.
Play of the quarter: Thomas’ stop, which came after linebacker Heath Farwell made the first hit.
Number of the quarter: 7. Yes, the Seahawks are 7-1.