I’m going to try something new (Thanks to our Broncos writer, Brenda.) by jotting down observations, big plays, and anything else that stands out during each quarter.
Rams offense’s stop and go is giving me motion sickness. Third down conversions compounded by a false start penalty (Robert Turner) is not helping the Rams’ cause. Dramamine anyone?
Continued chants of “Craig Dahl sucks” overflow my Twitter timeline as he whiffs on two open field tackles. What are Rams fans going to do when Dahl isn’t around next year as their punching bag?
Seattle’s Russell Wilson continues to show flashes of why Pete Carroll sat Matt Flynn in favor of the rookie quarterback. Wilson evades Rams defensive end Kendall Langford and gets a key first down.
Seahawks have a TD called back on a pushing penalty.
But the other Rams have been getting to Wilson. Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Chris Long, and William Hayes have all said hello to the rook in the Seahawks backfield.
Rookie punter Johnny Hekker is not having a good day. He’s not helping the field position game at all. You need to get it together kid. The team needs you.
First quarter ends scoreless. Rams have been so the last six first quarters.
Sack number four on Wilson. This time Robert Quinn gets to him for a loss of two yards.
Steven Hauschka‘s 43-yard field goal gives the Seahawks the first points of the day.
With a 14-yard run down the middle Steven Jackson surpasses the 1,000 yard mark for the eighth straight time in his nine year career. He is now one of only six NFL players to do so. Of the other six, five (Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, former Rams rushing leader Eric Dickerson, Curtis Martin are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and LaDainian Tomlinson is not eligible yet.)
Long lands his second sack of the day and fifth take down of Wilson.
Bradford and Jackson moving the ball down the field but cannot convert it into seven. Rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein attempts a 51-yard field goal but it goes wide right. Zuerlein needs to get out of the funk that’s plagued him the second half of the season.
Lynch has been held in check for the most part with just 66 yards on eight carries. He could have done more damage.
Rams go into half time leading 7-3.
Rams defense is holding the Seahawks but commit untimely gaffs. Tell me if that sounds familiar, Rams fans.
Long on a mission gets his third sack of the afternoon on Wilson. That’s the sixth for the Rams as a team.
Hauschka kicks a 49-yarder to make it 7-6.
Jackson is running like he’s got another eight seasons left in the tank. Those are 42 of the hardest run yards I’ve seen in a while.
Pete Carroll challenges a Rams first down. C’mon man. I’m shocked referee Jeff Triplette has ruled in favor of the Rams as often as he has today. Shocked I tell you!
Rookie cornerback Trumaine Johnson saves a sure Seahawks TD by almost coming down with the INT. He suffers what appears to be a hip injury in the process though.
Red zone penalties continue to haunt the Rams. This time a delay of game and then a false start (12th penalty of the game) on the 20-yard field goal attempt by Zuerlein. He still makes it from 25 yards out to tie up the game 13-13.
Now the Rams have more penalties than points on the board. They continue to give the game away to the Seahawks and a few toes for good measure. Rams have 14 penalties for 98 yards.
Wilson is taking advantage of his athleticism and burning the Rams with this feet again. He scores the game winning touchdown after Lynch’s TD is called back.
Seahawks win the game 13-20 handing the Rams one more loss to finish out the season 7-8-1 and 4-1-1 in the NFC West.
It’s been one helluva season for the Rams. They’ve come a long way from 2-14 and 0-6 in just one season under Jeff Fisher. The future is bright that’s why Fisher wears those shades.
Thanks for one of the more memorable seasons.