The St Louis Rams continued their mastery over the Seattle Seahawks with a solid 23 to 17 win over the defending NFC Champions Sunday afternoon at Century Link Field in front of 69,080 bewildered fans. The Sunday afternoon win swept the season series for the Rams and it was the visitors first win in Seattle since the 2004 playoffs.
There was nothing magical about the Rams win of the Seahawks. It was a case of heady, hard nosed smash mouth football. The Rams defense hurried and harassed Seattle Quarter Russell Wilson from the get go and grounded the high flying Seahawks offense which had been on a record setting five game scoring streak. On Sunday the Rams defense was more than willing to accept Mission Impossible. The Rams jumped out to a10-0 first quarter lead after a 42-yard field goal and a 45 yard fumble return by Akeem Ayers after a fumble by Seattle Fb Will Tufuaf .
The Rams relentless pursuit of Russell Wilson paid off one more time when Trumaine Johnson intercepted a Wilson pass intended for Tyler Lockett, The pick by Johnson snapped Wilson’s record of 168 passes without an interception. While the Seattle defense held the Rams offense from capitalizing on the turnover, it was momentary. Ram Case Keenum hit Kenny Britt on a 18 yard pass play on the Rams next offensive possession to give the visitors a 16-0 lead. A 26-field goal by Steven Hauschka just before halftime gave Seahawk nation hope of a second half turn around at 16-3.
Hope turned into high expectations when the Seahawks’ offense took the second half kickoff and drove 67 yards in 11 plays and hit pay dirt when Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin open in the middle of the field for a 25 yard touchdown pass play to narrow the deficit to just 16 to 10. It was Baldwin’s eighth catch of the day to go with his 118 receiving yards.Baldwin set a franchise record with his 14th touchdown receptions of the season.With both sides battling for field position with hard hitting football, it was the Rams offense that inched ahead for good with a statement making 11 play 62 yard drive that was capped off by a Ted Gurley two yard touchdown run for a 23 to 10 lead with 10:37 left.
Russell Wilson had his second passing touchdown of the afternoon when he hit Jermaine Kersey with a 18 yard pass deep in the left side of the end zone to narrow the gap to 23 to 27 but it was truly a case of too little to late as the score occurred with 17 second left in the game.Wilson’s numbers for the day were 24 of 41 for 289 yards and two touchdowns.Wilson was also sacked four times and hit 13 times. The Seahawks’ streak of having 100 yards rushing as a team ended at 25 games and Seattle lost at home for the third time this season. Seattle failed to lead for the first time with Wilson under center since he became the starter in Week 1 of the 2012 season.