– The Rams got a stop on third-and-1. Seattle called timeout to think about the decision.
– Pete Carroll opted to punt. The Rams get it back at their 8 with 14:10 to go.
– The Rams went three and out though as Fells dropped a long pass down the seam.
– Seattle got it back at its 48.
– The Seahawks got two big plays right away to surge deep into Rams territory. Whitehurst hit Obamanu for a gain of 13 and a 13-yard run by Lynch to make it first down at the Rams’ 22.
– The Rams got a stop and Mare hit from 38 yards out to make it 13-6 with 10:57 to go.
– Seattle’s offensive line getting away with a lot of holds. Not many flags on the Hawks tonight.
– Rams take over at their 24.
– Rams just missed a deep ball to Alexander, who just couldn’t make the play on a catchable bomb that went through his hands.
– The Rams went three and out again. They punted it away again. The Rams have gone three and out six times.
– The Seahawks did the Rams a big favor on the ensuing possession. They tried three straight passes from their 27 and all three fell incomplete. The drive took all of 17 seconds and the Rams took over at their 40 with 9:23 to go.
– Bradford hit Gibson for 14 yards on first down.
– But Bradford misread the coverage and LB Will Herring intercepted him at Seattle’s 37 to kill the drive.
– Seattle took over at its 37 and gained a first down on two runs by Lynch.
– Whitehurst ran for 9 on second-and-6 at the Rams’ 47 to the Rams’ 38.
– Whitehurst hit Obamanu for 9 more to the Rams’ 29.
– On third-and-7 at the 25, Lynch gained 4 to the Rams’ 21 setting up another field goal try from Mare.
– But the Rams were flagged for encroachment and the Seahawks got a first down at the Rams’ 16.
– Lynch gained 6 to the Rams’ 10.
– Mare attempted a 33-yarder and hits to make it 16-6 and effectively kill the Rams’ shot with 1:37 to go.
– The Rams took over at their 41.
– The Seahawks got the stop and that ended it.
– Seattle wins the game 16-6 and claims the NFC West Division title with a 7-9 record.
– The Rams opened the second half with the ball at their 19.
– Two 4-yard completions and a 3-yard strike to Gibson combined with a 15-yard penalty to give the Rams a first down at their 45.
– But that’s all the Rams could get as two incompletions were sandwiched around a 3-yard run by Jackson.
– Jones’ punt went out of bounds at Seattle’s 28.
– The Rams got a huge play on first down. Ron Bartell ripped it out of Lynch’s hands and James Laurinaitis recovered at Seattle’s 21 to give the Rams a golden opportunity.
– Jackson picked up 5 on first down and Bradford hit Alexander for 10 on second to Seattle’s 6.
– A holding penalty on Robinson pushed the Rams back to their 16.
– Bradford hit Amendola for 3 and Karney for 4 more to make it third-and-goal at the 9.
– Bradford threw incomplete on third down and the Rams again settled for a field goal. Brown hit from 27 yards out to make it 7-6 Seattle with 8:59 to go in the third.
– Seattle responded with a long, methodical drive of its own, doing most of its damage on the ground.
– Lynch ripped off 24 yards and three plays later, Forsett gained 21 for a first down.
– On second-and-10 at the 25, Whitehurst hit Washington in the flat for a gain of 10 and a first down at the Rams’ 15.
– The defense got the hold and Mare hit a 31-yard field goal to make it 10-6 with 3:04 left in the third.
– The Rams started with poor field position again, this time from their 16.
– Bradford hit Amendola for a gain of 6 on first down and threw incomplete twice to end the drive as Alexander couldn’t hang on to a deep pass down the left sideline.
– Three and out for the Rams and it goes back to Seattle at its 39.
– The Seahawks moved into Rams territory and have a third-and-1 at the Rams 40 with a 10-6 lead at the end of three.
– The Rams put together a long, long drive led by Jackson who had runs of 13, 2, 2, 6 and 5 with a catch for a gain of 13.
– Bradford connected with Fells for gains of 10 and 15 as well.
– But the drive died in the red zone as a third down pass to Robinson was incomplete when he couldn’t get his right foot down.
– Josh Brown connected from 32 yards out to make it 7-3 Seattle with a little less than 9 minutes to go.
– Rams seem to have weathered the storm from the first quarter.
– Seattle started its next drive at its 37.
– After the Seahawks gained a first down on a third-and-2 conversion, the Rams got another stop as Whitehurst threw incomplete on third-and-4.
– The Rams get it back at their 10.
– Bradford hit Keith Toston for a gain of 6 on first down and Jackson picked up 3 on second.
– But Jackson was stuffed for no gain on third down and the Rams punted again.
– A holding penalty on Seattle combined with a friendly roll, swung field position again and Seattle started from its 12.
– On third-and-5, Whitehurst hit Martin for a gain of 16 to the Rams’ 33.
– On first down, the Seahawks were flagged for holding to make it first-and-20 from the 23.
– The Rams got the stop and forced Seattle to punt with 1:42 left in the half and two timeouts for the Rams.
– They took over at their 37.
– A penalty and a sack set up a third-and-16.
– The Rams punted it back to Seattle, which had no timeouts with 45 seconds to go in the half.
– Jones hit his best punt and got good coverage as the Seahawks started at their 13.
– At the half, the Rams trail 7-3.
– The Seahawks won the toss and received. They start from their 13.
– Whitehurst at QB for Seattle.
– After a 13-yard strike to Forsett to start it, Whitehurst froze Dahl with a pump fake and hit Ruvell Martin for a gain of 61 to the Rams’ 13.
– The Rams appeared to get off the field with a third down sack by James Hall but a holding penalty on CB Ron Bartell kept the drive alive and Whitehurst hit Mike Williams two plays later for a 5-yard touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead for Seattle.
– The Rams take over on their first drive from their 25.
– The Rams picked up 10 on second down as Bradford hit Robinson but he was a yard shy of the first down after the first play lost a yard.
– On third-and-1, the Rams tried the quick inside handoff to Mike Karney who was stuffed for no gain.
– Seattle starts again at its 33.
– On second-and-10, Whitehurst hit Washington on a quick dump for a gain of 8.
– That set up a third-and-2 from Seattle’s 41.
– Forsett took the draw for a gain of 4 and a first down.
– Lynch took the next handoff off the right side for 12 more to the Rams’ 43.
– Selvie dropped Lynch for a loss of 3 on the next play.
– Whitehurst hit Morrah for a gain of 6 to set up third-and-7 but he misfired on third down and the Seahawks had to punt.
– The Rams take over at their 10.
– Bradford dropped it off to Jackson for 20 on first down.
– On first down at the 30, Bradford fired incomplete for Robinson and Jackson gained 3 on second down.
– On third-and-7, Bradford’s pass was batted down and the Rams had to punt again. Quincy Butler made a nice tackle, dropping Washington for a loss of 1 on the return.
– Seattle starts again, this time from its 14.
– The Rams got a three and out as the defense stopped Seattle twice with 1 yard to get a first down.
– The field position swung and the Rams started again from their 41.
– Robinson was dropped for a 9-yard loss on first down to Seattle’s 32.
– That play killed the drive and the Rams went three and out again.
– The Rams punted but Butler was flagged for unnecessary roughness to give it to Seattle at the Rams’ 44.
– Lynch lost 5 on first down.
– On second down, Washington gained 6 on a swing pass to set up third-and-9.
– Whitehurst threw incomplete to force another punt and three and out but field position swung back to Seattle as it downed the punt at the Rams’ 3.
– The final play of the opening quarter was a handoff to Karney for a gain of 4.
– At the end of the first quarter, the Rams trail 7-0.
– Greetings from Qwest Field where the Rams and Seahawks are warming up in preparation for tonight’s showdown for the NFC West Crown. I’m calling it “Showdown for the Crown” but you can call it what you want.
– It’s a cool and crisp 37 degrees right now but there’s not expected to be any precipitation tonight. So it will be cold but no rain or snow.
– The Rams are wearing the all whites tonight.
– Inactives for the Rams include: S Michael Lewis, CB Justin King, LB David Nixon, LB Curtis Johnson, G John Greco, WR Mardy Gilyard, TE Derek Schouman and DT Jermelle Cudjo.
– Hasselbeck is active and it appears he will get the start. Rams were prepared for that possibility. Seahawks make no change to starting lineup. Whitehurst will be ready at moment’s notice.
– Seattle inactives: third QB J.P. Losman, WR Brandon Stokley, LB Joe Pawelek, G Paul Fanaika, T Breno Giacomini, T Will Robinson, G Stacy Andrews, DT Armon Gordon.
– Stay tuned for updates throughout the game.
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