SEATTLE (AP) -- Marc Bulger was at his best when his teammates
needed him most.
"I wish I had some bubbly," receiver Torry Holt said. "As a
team, we should feel good about this one."
The Rams (3-2) ended Seattle's 10-game home winning streak, with
Bulger leading a 17-point rally by throwing two TD passes in the
final 5:34 of regulation. Jeff Wilkins kicked a 36-yard field goal
with 8 seconds left, forcing overtime.
"This team never quits," Bulger said. "We have guys who have
been in that situation before, and they know not to quit. They play
to the end."
The Seahawks (3-1), trying to open 4-0 for the first time ever,
had things in control, leading 24-7 at halftime and 27-10 midway
through the third period. They came apart when Bulger took over.
"That's a tough way to lose," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren
said. "As good as we were in the first half, we were average to
below average in the second half. Give the Rams credit. They hung
Bulger, who threw three interceptions before St. Louis rallied,
finally got started midway through the fourth. The Rams pulled to
27-17 with 5:34 remaining when he threw an 8-yard TD pass to
St. Louis forced a punt, and McDonald returned it 39 yards to
Seattle's 41. On the next play, Kevin Curtis beat two defenders and
Bulger found him in stride for a 41-yard scoring strike that made
"A perfect pass," Curtis said. "He was throwing a long route
and we had good protection up front. He gave me a great ball."
It was huge because that was the first play after the 2-minute
warning. Hasselbeck had seen Bobby Engram open on third-and-5. St.
Louis was out of timeouts, and a good pass would have allowed
Seattle to run out the clock.
"If we complete the ball, the game's over," Holmgren said.
Instead, Brown kicked a 35-yard punt because regular punter Tom
Rouen sustained a late hamstring strain. That gave the Rams
possession at the their own 36 with 1:14 to play and no timeouts
"Marc did a beautiful job, just beautiful," Rams coach Mike
Bulger completed 24 of 42 passes for 325 yards with three TDs.
The remarkable part is how he rallied the Rams -- not by looking
for stars Holt and Bruce, but by firing passes to lesser-known
receivers McDonald, Curtis and Looker.
"You need the third and fourth receivers to come up with plays
to win," Bulger said. "That's the matchup we need to take
advantage of. We've got some young guys in that position can make
He also made a great adjustment on the game-winning play,
checking away from what he expected would be a slot pass to Holt.
On third-and-8 near midfield, Bulger knew McDonald could get behind
Seattle safety Terreal Bierria.
"I was just hoping he'd put it up. I knew I could beat the
safety," McDonald said.
The Rams ran off the bench and celebrated as Seattle's
stadium-record crowd of 66,940 went away stunned.
"You have to keep plugging," Bulger said when asked about his
three interceptions and the big deficit. "If I stick to the course
and keep doing what I'm doing, guys are going to get open."
Hasselbeck was 20-of-35 for 216 yards and two scoring passes.
The Seahawks wasted a 150-yard rushing effort by Shaun Alexander.
Bulger's three turnovers led only to six points: A 48-yard field
goal by Josh Brown in the second quarter and a 34-yarder in the
fourth that put the Seahawks ahead 27-10 with 8:42 left.
"Otherwise, we don't win this thing," Martz said.
Brown was wide left on a 43-yard try after Lucas' second
interception, which turned out to be a decisive miss.
"We're quite young," Holmgren said. "We need to learn to
handle being ahead in a game as well as being behind in close
The Rams lost FS Aeneas Williams because of a pinched nerve
in his neck and DT Tyoka Jackson to a strained hamstring, both in
the first half. ... The attendance of 66,940 was a record at the
3-year-old stadium. ... Former University of Washington coach Don
James raised the "12th Man" flag before kickoff.
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