By Greg Aspen: The Seattle Seahawks (7-1) had to battle a lot harder than they expected they would in defeating the St. Louis Rams (3-5) 14-9 on Monday Night Football at the Edward Jones Dome in front of 55,966 fans in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Rams were in position to win the game with the ball on the Seahawks 1 yard line with 27 seconds in the game. However, a running play by Rams running back Daryl Richardson was stopped for no gain on 3rd and 1, and then Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens threw an incomplete pass on 4th and 1 to end the game. Why the Rams didn’t let running back Zac Stacy run the football is anyone’s guess because he had a huge game for the Rams with 134 yards rushing on 26 carries.
Why the Rams would go away from him on 3rd and 4th down on the Seahawks 1 yard line is kind of confusing. It just looked like a case of bad offensive play calling on the Rams part because they would have won the game had Stacy been given the ball.
The Seahawks had problems getting anything going against the tough Rams defense. The score was 7-3 in favor of the Seahawks at halftime, and things stayed low scoring the remainder of the game. The Rams got off to a good start with a 33-yard field goal from kicker Greg Zuerlein in the 1st quarter to take a 3-0 lead. The Seahawks came back with a 2 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson to wide receiver Golden Tate at 5:37 of the 2nd quarter to go up 7-3 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, Rams kicker Zuerlein knocked in a 28 yard field goal to make it 7-6.
The Seahawks then came back with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Tate at 3:35 of the 3rd quarter to go up 14-6. On that play, Tate made a leaping catch of Wilson’s up for grabs throw, and he then came down and ran the ball the rest of the way. In the last 10 yards, Tate turned around and taunted Rams cornerback Rodney McCleod by waving to him as he was running. That almost cost Tate the touchdown because McCleoud was able to catch up to Tate and shove him a yard before he got to the goal line. However, Tate was still able to stretch out his arm to put the football over the goal line of the score. It was a stupid play though on Tate’s part. The Rams then came back with a 27 yard field goal from Zuerlein to make it 14-9.
Wilson had a poor game in completing 10 of 18 passes for 139 yards with 2 touchdowns and 7 sacks. He also rushed for 16 yards for 3 yards.
The Rams were without quarterback Sam Bradford, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. His replacement Kellen Clemens completed 15 of 31 passes for 158 yards with 2 interceptions and 3 sacks. For some reasons the Rams didn’t scoop up a any of the talented quarterbacks that were on the free agent market to take over the starting job, and this is what they get for not doing that. Clemens is more of a 3rd stringer than a 2nd string quarterback and you can bet that the Rams will continue to struggle with poor play from him for the remainder of the year.
Rams running back Zac Stacy rushed for 134 yards on 26 carries. Daryl Richardson rushed for 39 yards on 8 carries.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was contained by the Rams and limited to just 23 yards on 8 carries.
Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate finished the game with 5 catches for 93 yards and 1 touchdown.