Posted: 12:36 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
By Jon Benne
The Seahawks blew away the Rams, wrapping up the No. 1 seed and tying the franchise record for most wins in a season.
The Seahawks' defense got things off to a fast start with a 37-yard pick-six by Malcolm Smith. Seattle's offense continues to stagnate, managing just 19 total yards in the first quarter and failing to convert a third down. 14 of those came on one run by Marshawn Lynch.
Seattle started to wake up in the second quarter, driving down to the goal line, but they had to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka. Kellen Clemens committed another turnover, throwing an ugly interception to Byron Maxwell. It was the Seahawks' eleventh pick in the past 10 games. The Seahawks finally converted their first third down with less than two minutes left in the second quarter and drove back down to the six-yard line. A potential touchdown by Golden Tate was negated by a holding call on Russell Okung, and Seattle got another field goal and went into halftime leading, 13-0. The defense has dominated, holding the Rams to 54 total yards in the first half.
Things were chippy for most of the game between these two divisional rivals, and things came to a head in the third quarter. The Rams drew two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on one play and defensive tackle Kendall Langford got ejected for making contact with an official. Lynch pounded it in from three yards out to give Seattle a 20-3 lead. Golden Tate iced the game with a 47-yard touchdown pass, and the road to the Super Bowl will go through the Pacific Northwest.
Golden Tate roasted Janoris Jenkins, piling up 129 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. On the other side, Zac Stacy was swallowed up by Seattle's defense, finishing with 15 carries for just 15 yards.
Seattle awaits the lowest-seeded winner of the wild card round. St. Loius finishes 7-9 and now looks toward the drafts.