Monday, December 31, 2012
Silver linings: Rams at Seahawks
By Mike Sando
The facts: The St. Louis Rams finished their first season under coach Jeff Fisher with a 7-8-1 record following a 20-13 road defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Rams are expected to hold the 16th overall choice in the 2013 draft.
- Steven Jackson topped 1,000 yards rushing for an eighth consecutive season. Jackson leads active players with 10,135 career rushing yards.
- Sam Bradford moved past Pat Haden and Vince Ferragamo into seventh on the Rams' all-time list for passing yardage.
- The Rams sacked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson five times in the first half and six times overall.
- Chris Long (11.5 sacks) and Robert Quinn (10.5) because the first Rams tandem since Grant Wistrom and Kevin Carter in 2000 to finish a season with 10-plus sacks apiece.
- Receiver Austin Pettis remained a threat in the red zone with a 2-yard scoring reception. He had four touchdowns this season.
- The Rams did not allow a sack for the second consecutive game.
- The Rams allowed zero receptions to Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice.
- William Hayes collected his seventh sack of the season. That career-high total matches his sack count for the previous three seasons combined.
- St. Louis held Seahawks kick returner Leon Washington to a 20.7-yard average.