The St. Louis Rams used three turnovers, a trick play, and the booming leg of Greg Zuerlein to beat Seattle 19-13 Sunday.
Both teams are now 2-2 overall, 2-0 at home, and 0-2 on the road.
The Rams used stiff defense, a trick play, and that canon of leg attached to Zuerlein for a 13-7 half time lead.
After falling behind on a Marshawn Lynch touchdown early in the first quarter the rams scored the next 13 points of the half, and 16 of the game.
The Rams got on the board with a franchise record 58 yard field goal from Zuerlein. It was a record that would not stand for long.
A beautiful deep pass from Sam Bradford to Chris Givens for 52 yards set the Rams up on the Seattle 28. A Roger Sherman interception on the next play prevented St. Louis from scoring on that drive or the halftime deficit for Seattle may have been much greater. It was an interception caused by miss-communication. Rams receiver Brandon Gibson ran long and Bradford threw short right into the chest of Sherman, the only St. Louis turnover of the game.
On their third 2nd quarter drive St. Louis chewed up 6:12, despite starting at their own 48 yard line. From the Seahawk three Steven Jackson pounded it into the end zone but it was nullified by a holding call. A completion to Danny Amendola got the yards back down the Seattle two. After an in-completion the Rams pulled a trick play.
St. Louis lined up for what looked like a routine 20 yard field goal attempt. But St. Louis only had 10 men in the formation. The 11th man, Amendola pretended he was walking off the field but instead walked down the field side of the sideline, toward the Ram bench, before turning around and lining up way outside as a receiver. No one including the film or announcing crew saw it. On the snap holder John Hekker stood up and flipped it to the wide open Amendola. Apparently a little known rule made this play perfectly legal.
With under a minute left back-up defensive end Eugene Sims sacked Russell Wilson all the way back on the Seattle 3-yard line. A horrible punt gave St. Louis the ball at the Seahawk 46. Two plays and 16 yards later Zuerlein booted his second field goal at the gun.
The Rams did not allow Seattle to convert a first half 3rd down, 0-4.
Seattle opened the second half with an onside kick. A great idea given the Rams kickoff formation. There were only two Rams that had a shot at recovering it. The first guy, corner back Trumaine Johnson was crushed by two Seahawks as he got his hand on the ball. Fortunately for St. Louis it bounced to the only other man on that side, Josh Hull who managed to fall on it and keep hold of the ball under a pile of Seahawks.
St. Louis gained just six yards before Zuerlein came out and broke the franchise record he set earlier in the game. This time nailing a 60 yard field goal. It easily cleared the crossbar. Head coach Jeff Fisher made a point in preseason of saying Zuerlein will break the NFL record of a 63 yard field goal at some point in his career. If you have seen the kid kick there is no doubt Fisher is right. It is going to happen at some point.
I don't usually gush over kickers, well I never have, but seriously, just hearing the sound when his foot makes contact with the ball is unlike anything I have ever heard before. You can literally hear it jump off his foot, even through television, and in person it actually resembles a small canon sound. Barring some physical or mental breakdown we are probably witnessing the birth of the greatest kicker of all time.
Seattle managed to move the ball into Ram Territory four times in the second half but came away with just two field goals.
For the first time in a game this season Cortland Finnegan did not have one of the three Ram interceptions.
I wonder if St. Louis regrets not trading Bradford and picking Robert Griffin III. Bradford just hasn't looked like a franchise quarterback since his rookie year. Today he was 16 of 30 for 221 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, and a 63.3 passer rating.
Steven Jackson allegedly has a groin injury but it was not evident Sunday. He caught one pass for 12 yards and added 55 more yards on 18 carries. He had a touchdown called back on a holding call.
Danny Amendola had game highs of 6 catches, 10 targets, 55 yards, and a touchdown.
Marshawn Lynch led all rushers with 118 yards on 20 carries and the lone Seahawk touchdown.
Russell Wilson has such quick feet. despite heavy pressure from St. Louis, Wilson was sacked just twice. He finished 17 of 25 for 160 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT and a 45.8 passer rating.
Seattle had eight sacks last week but just two this week against an even weaker St. Louis offensive line.
In the end it was to little offense, three interceptions, and too much Zuerlein to overcome for Seattle.