Posted: 11:44 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
By Mark Sandritter
It came down to the final play of the game, but the Seattle Seahawks survived and held on for a 14-9 win against the St. Louis Rams.
Trailing 14-9, St. Louis took over at its own 3-yardline and rode the running attack all the way down the field. Seattle stopped St. Louis on a 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yardline setting up the final play of the game. Despite having success on the ground, the Rams chose to pass on fourth down and Kellen Clemens' pass fell incomplete.
The game proved to be a defensive battle with neither offense able to get much going. Russell Wilson was pressured all night as the Seahawks struggled mightily to block the Rams. Robert Quinn was dominant for the Rams, racking up three sacks. Chris Long also finished with three sacks.
While the Seahawks struggled to move the ball, they took advantage of what opportunities they had. A Richard Sherman interception set the Seahawks up deep in St. Louis territory in the first half. Wilson and the offense capitalized, giving Seattle a 7-3 lead at halftime. Seattle extended its lead late in the third quarter thanks to an acrobatic catch and run from Golden Tate.
The defenses dominated most of the game. The two teams combined for 13 punts, including nine by Seattle. The Seahawks finished with just seven first downs. The Rams found more offensive success, but struggled to finish drives. Rookie Zac Stacy ran well, finishing with 134 yards. Two turnovers and a missed field goal cost the Rams.
With the win the Seahawks are now 7-1 while the Rams dropped to 3-5
Tate was the only Seahawk to do much offensively. He finished with five catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Stacy had the best game for St. Louis, finishing with 134 rushing yards.
Marshawn Lynch carried just eight times, finishing with 23 yards.
Sidney Rice left the game for Seattle during the first half and did not return. He suffered a knee injury was taken back to the locker room.
The Seahawks opened as an 11.5-point favorite and failed to cover the spread, despite picking up the win.
Seattle returns home for a game against Tampa Bay next week. St. Louis will host the Tennessee Titans.