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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 23, Rams 20

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

This game figures to have long-term implications for both franchises.

The Rams' inability to beat a 2-11 opponent at home -- with thousands of empty seats in the Edward Jones Dome -- deals a potentially severe blow to Jim Haslett's chances for a return as head coach.

Seattle receiver Deion Branch's strong performance, including a pivotal reception to set up the winning field goal, makes his continued employment more palatable. Branch has 16 receptions for 244 yards and three touchdowns for Seattle in three road games against the Rams. A strong finish to this season enhances Branch's role in the Seahawks' future plans.

This game also figures to affect draft order for 2009. We can now expect the Rams to select ahead of the Seahawks near the top of the draft.