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Rams vs. Seahawks: Running Blog

Posted by nickwagoner on September 30, 2012 – 3:16 PM

Fourth Quarter

– Seattle settled for a 30-yard field goal to make it 16-13 Rams with 13:03 to go.

– The Rams start again from their 20.

– Need a big drive here.

– Bradford hit Amendola for 15 on first down and two plays later connected for the same yardage on third and 10.

– Another third and long got converted when Bradford hit TE Kendricks for 26 yards on third and 15 to Seattle’s 17.

– But the Rams couldn’t punch it into the end zone and settled for Zuerlein’s 24 yard field goal to make it 19-13 Rams with 6:07 to play.

– Big drive in the sense that the Rams ate up almost seven minutes of clock but missed oppotunity for a touchdown that would have made things really difficult on the Seahawks.

– Seattle takes over at its 20.

– The defense did its job with the help of an unnecessary roughness penalty on Seattle T Breno Giacomini.

– On third-and-9 from Seattle’s 21, DE Robert Quinn got to Wilson for a sack and a loss of 8.

– The Seahawks punt it back to the Rams who get it at their 46.

– It’s time for the four minute drill. This is where the Rams have to bow up and get the running game going, keep the clock moving and pick up a few first downs to put it away.

– Jackson lost 1 yard on first down and Seattle used its first timeout.

– Jackson got 10 on second down to make it third and 1 as Seattle used its second timeout.

– Not what the Rams wanted there as Jackson is dropped for a loss of 2 on third down. Rams punt it back to Washington with 3:17 to go. Seattle has no timeouts but the 2 minute warning as Seattle starts from its 20.

– Seattle methodically started moving and benefited when Wilson was ruled out of bounds on a run to the sideline.

– At the two minute warning, it’s second-and-2 at the Rams’ 45.

– CB Bradley Fletcher, who missed some chances this year to get INTS, squeezed one at the right time. Coming up with an INT. Rams in victory formation.

– Huge victory for the Rams, they improve to 2-2 with a 19-13 win.

Third Quarter

– Seattle tried some special teams trickery to open the half with an onside kick but LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar recovered it at Seattle’s 48 for prime field position to open the third quarter.

– Amendola took a handoff on the reverse for a 6-yard gain to Seattle’s 42.

– After a 1-yard run and an incompletion, Zuerlein came on and knocked through a 60-yard field goal, breaking his own record from about an hour ago.

– The Rams lead 16-7.

– Seattle responded with a 69-yard return from Washington to the Rams’ 36.

– On second down, Jenkins hit Wilson as he threw, forcing it up into the air and LB Rocky McIntosh picked it off and returned it 34 yards to Seattle’s 47.

– Two plays lost 5 yards to make it third-and-15 from the Rams’ 48.

– After an offsides penalty, Bradford just missed Givens on a deep ball down the left sideline.

– The Rams punted it back and Seattle took over at its 13.

– The Seahawks went to work with their best drive since the opening drive.

– Lynch caught a 16-yard pass and added a 9-yard run. Rookie RB Robert Turbin had runs of 9 and 11 yards.

– But after getting a first down at the Rams’ 18, Seattle couldn’t convert on third down and settled for a 31-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka to make it 16-10 Rams with 4:10 left in the third.

– The Rams went to the bag of tricks again on the ensuing return but it backfired this time as a toss from Amendola to Givens lost yards and the Rams started from their 5. Momentum shift here after the Rams missed an opportunity to add more points from McIntosh’s INT.

– The Rams promptly went three and out. Seattle gets it back at its 45.

– Power running from Turbin got the Seahawks to the Rams’ 18 with a first down at the end of the third. The Rams are clinging to a 16-10 lead at the end of three.

Second Quarter

– After a run for no gain by Jackson, Seattle CB Richard Sherman picked off Bradford on the sideline. After a 15-yard penalty, Seattle takes over at its 27.

– Turnovers are always costly but could be killer in a game like this.

– A 9-yard pass ended up costing 6 yards as a personal foul on Seattle made it second and 15 from its 22.

– Wilson followed with a strike to Miller for a gain of 13 to the 35.

– On third-and-2, Wilson threw incomplete as a pass was deflected.

– The Rams take over at their 21 after an 18-yard return by Amendola.

– The offense promptly went three and out as a third-and-2 pass to Amendola fell incomplete.

– The Seahawks take over at their 21.

– Seattle began moving into Rams territory but a sack by DT Heard was followed two plays later by a big play from rookie CB Trumaine Johnson. Johnson intercepted Wilson on third down to give it back to the Rams at their 48.

– Jackson picked up 9 on first down and Richardson moved the chains with a 1-yard gain on the next play to Seattle’s 42.

– On third-and-14, the Rams converted again, this time with Bradford hitting Pettis for 17 yards.

– After an illegal formation, the Rams faced third and 10 but Bradford hit Quick for his first career catch, a 19-yard gain to Seattle’s 10 for first down.

– Jackson picked up 7 to the right to set up a second and goal at the 2-minute warning.

– A holding penalty wiped out a touchdown run by Jackson and the Rams had to settle for a field goal attempt.

– But instead of taking the field goal, the Rams reached into the bag of tricks as P Hekker found a wide open Amendola on a quick snap for a 2-yard score and a 10-7 Rams lead with 1:11 to go in the half.

– Major turn of events here as the Rams get a quick three and out on Sims’ third down sack of Wilson. Seattle punts it back to the Rams with 40 seconds left. A shanked punt gave it to the Rams at Seattle’s 46.

– Bradford hit Richardson for 11 and spiked it at Seattle’s 35.

– Richardson picked up 5 on second down to set up a 48-yard field goal for Zuerlein. He converted again – no surprise here – and the Rams take a 13-7 lead into the locker room. They’ll get the ball first to open the half.  

First Quarter

– The Rams won the toss and elected to defer.

– Rookie K Greg Zuerlein boomed a touchback and Seattle starts at its 20.

– The Seahawks wasted no time moving it with ease against the Rams as QB Russell Wilson was able to make some plays moving around the pocket. He completed passes for 17, 15 and 7 yards before RB Marshawn Lynch took a handoff left tackle for 18 yards and a touchdown.

– In just a little more than 4 minutes, the Seahawks lead 7-0.

– The Rams start from their 20.

– After a rough start with two 1-yard runs by Jackson, Bradford hit Gibson for 14 yards and a first down on third-and-13.

– The drive picked up steam as Bradford hit Gibson for 14 more and Jackson broke off an 18-yard run.

– But the drive stalled at Seattle’s 32 as a screen to Kendricks lost 4 yards and G Quinn Ojinnaka got beat for an 8-yard sack by Jones.

– A 4-yard run by Jackson set up Zuerlein for another feat of strength: he knocked through a franchise-record 58-yard field goal to make it 7-3 Seattle with 4:59 to go in the first quarter.

– Zuerlein continues his amazing start, just one week after falling a yard short of that record with a 56-yarder in Chicago.

– Seattle started again from its 20. The Seahawks picked up a first down as Wilson hit TE Zach Miller.

– But on third and 1 from the Rams’ 40, DE Eugene Sims stayed home and with the help of Jenkins stopped Lynch for a loss of 2 and forced a punt.

– Rams get it again at their 10.

– After a 4-yard run by Jackson and 6 to Amendola for a first down, Givens finally got the chance to take the top off, burning the defense on a perfect deep ball from Bradford for 52 yards to Seattle’s 28.

– At the end of one, Seattle leads 7-3.

Pregame Notes

– Greetings from the Edward Jones Dome where the Rams and Seahawks are preparing for today’s noon kickoff.

– The Rams look to even their record at 2-2 on the season and win their second consecutive home game.

– That task will be made extremely difficult by a Seattle team that comes in on a roll and features one of the best defenses in the league.

– When these two teams get together in St. Louis, the games are usually close. In Seattle’s past six wins here, four have been decided by six points or less.

– A quick roster note before we get into today’s stuff: the Rams were able to keep T Ty Nsekhe, placing him on the practice squad and releasing C Chase Beeler. Nsekhe can continue to develop with the Rams now.

–  S Matt Daniels (hamstring), T Rodger Saffold (knee) and DT Matt Conrath (knee) are inactive because of injury. The first two were out on Friday’s injury report. Conrath was doubtful. None will be available.

– It’s also probably a safe bet that QB Austin Davis will be inactive as well, leaving the Rams with three spots to fill on that list.

– The other inactives are an interesting mix: WR Steve Smith, RB Isaiah Pead and DT Jermelle Cudjo.

– With Smith inactive, it means rookie WR Brian Quick is active and likely to be more involved. For those paying attention, OC Brian Schottenheimer dropped a big hint about that this week when he was asked about rookie WR Chris Givens.

– That leaves Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson, Austin Pettis and Givens active at WR alongside Quick.

– At running back, veteran Steven Jackson is active and expected to start but don’t look for him to take on a full load today. The Rams will need him in pass protection and blitz pickup and he’ll get some carries. But it’s interesting to note that Daryl Richardson and Terrance Ganaway, not Pead, will be the backups to Jackson. Ganaway represents a more powerful, grind it out type of back which might be necessary in a game like today’s.

– With Pead down, Givens will likely handle kick returns exclusively. Of course, the Rams haven’t had many opportunities to return kicks at all this season so how many chances he gets remains to be seen.

– Cudjo being inactive is a product of two things: the return of Michael Brockers, who is expected to start. And the type of running team Seattle is, which makes the need for a widebody like Kellen Heard even more important.

– The Seahawks will also again be without the service of G John Moffitt. He’ll be replaced by seventh-round rooki J.R. Sweezy. That should make for an interesting matchup for Brockers.

– The Rams are wearing the all blue uniforms today. Seattle is wearing white jerseys with gray pants.

– Stay tuned throughout the game for further updates.

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