Final

Seahawks 30

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Rams 28

(4-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 15, 2006

Edward Jones Dome, Saint Louis, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 7 0 7 1630
STL 7 14 0 728

Top Performers

Passing: M. Bulger (STL) - 360 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Morris (SEA) - 23 CAR, 74 YDS

Receiving: T. Holt (STL) - 8 REC, 154 YDS, 3 TD

Brown's 54-yarder caps Seahawks' comeback vs. Rams

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The luck of the Rams finally ran out.

Twice this season -- against Arizona and Green Bay -- St. Louis was on the verge of losing, only to be saved by late-game fumbles by opponents. It almost happened again Sunday, but Seattle's Josh Brown kicked a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give Seattle an improbable 30-28 win.

Pasquarelli: Tortoise wins
It was about as frenetic a finish as the NFL might witness this season, what with three lead changes in the fourth quarter, including two in the final 1:44 of the game. But in reality, it was actually an old the-tortoise-wins-most-of-the-races virtue that allowed the Seattle Seahawks to prevail over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. In a word ... patience. For more from Len Pasquarelli, click here.

"It was a great game to watch, I'm sure," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. "A tough game to coach. Fortunately, Josh was on today."

The win put Seattle (4-1) back atop the NFC West, a half-game ahead of the Rams (4-2), who have a bye next week. Seattle won with MVP running back Shaun Alexander still out with a broken foot, and without wide receiver Bobby Engram (thyroid condition) and tight end Jerramy Stevens (knee).

The game shaped up early as a Rams blowout. Two touchdown passes from Marc Bulger to Torry Holt and a 2-yard run by Steven Jackson gave St. Louis a 21-7 lead at the half.

As dominant as the Rams were in the first half, Seattle was better in the second, scoring 20 straight points to go up 27-21 late in the game.

Then the fun began.

After Bulger's first interception in 204 attempts this season gave Seattle the ball deep in St. Louis territory, the game seemed over. But Leonard Little stripped Mo Morris at the St. Louis 7 with 2:48 to play, and Jimmy Kennedy recovered.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Seahawks were able to overcome a very slow start in the first half and make the necessary halftime adjustments to come away with the victory. With Shaun Alexander sidelined, the Seahawks used the combination of Mack Strong blocking and Maurice Morris running to keep the Rams defense honest. Wide receiver Deion Branch (above) was impressive, picking up more of the offense over the bye-week for the Seahawks and exploiting a mismatch against Rams rookie CB Tye Hill. The Rams offense didn't stay true to its ball possession philosophy, as quarterback Marc Bulger threw his first interception of the 2006 season and Kevin Curtis had a costly turnover on a kick return.

From the St. Louis 33, Bulger threw deep over the middle. Holt, in single coverage, got a hand on the ball at the Seattle 20, tipped it into the air, then grabbed it and ran into the end zone for a career-best third touchdown catch.

"It was a shot," Bulger said. "As long as I could get one-on-one coverage, I just wanted to give him [Holt] a chance. Great players do things like that."

The Rams have had plenty of luck on their side this season. Against Arizona, the Cardinals had the ball deep in Rams territory and were setting up a winning chip-shot field goal when quarterback Kurt Warner fumbled. The Rams recovered, securing a 16-14 win.

Last week, St. Louis was up 23-20 with the Packers moving. But Little stripped the ball from Brett Favre at the Rams 11, and St. Louis had another gift.

This time, Seattle had an answer, led by Matt Hasselbeck, who was 19-of-34 for 268 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Elias Says
Josh Brown
Josh Brown kicked a 54-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Seahawks a 30-28 victory over the Rams. Brown's kick equaled the third longest walk-off field goal in NFL history. The two longer ones were Tom Dempsey's NFL-record 63-yard field goal in 1970 and a 56-yarder by Paul Edinger of the Vikings against the Packers last season.

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Starting at the Seattle 17 and with no timeouts, Hasselbeck hit D.J. Hackett for 14 yards, Darrell Jackson for 19 and Deion Branch for nine. Two runs moved the ball to the St. Louis 31.

As Hasselbeck spiked the ball with four seconds left, the Seahawks were whistled for an illegal formation. The Rams began to celebrate, believing a 10-second clock runoff would give them the win.

"The 10-second runoff people are familiar with is a false start, or when the players never get set before the ball is snapped," referee Ed Hochuli said. "This is not a 10-second runoff situation."

Brown then made his third field goal of the game, the ball sailing well past the goalpost.

"I really didn't have a whole lot of worries," Brown said.

Seattle sacked Bulger six times, often with just a three-man front. Former Ram Bryce Fisher and Julian Peterson had two sacks each.

"We have too high of a sack number right now," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "We don't want to give away any, but for them to get us in a three-man rush is not good."

Branch, making his first start since coming to Seattle in a trade from New England earlier this season, had six catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson had four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.

The wild ending might not have happened if not for a wing-and-a-prayer play by Seattle in the third quarter.

Down 21-7 and facing third-and-15, Hasselbeck threw the ball about 60 yards in the air to Darrell Jackson, who split triple coverage and slid under the pass for a 42-yard score.

"To be honest, I really didn't think he was going to get there and catch it," Hasselbeck said.

Brown's 49-yard field goal got Seattle within four. Then Kevin Curtis fumbled the ensuing kickoff, with Seattle's Kevin Bentley recovering at the St. Louis 22.

Two plays later, Hasselbeck threw a perfect fade pass and Branch easily beat Travis Fisher to give Seattle its first lead.

Brown added another 49-yarder with 10:33 to play, setting up the wild ending.

Game notes


Bulger was 26-of-39 for 360 yards and the three TD passes to Holt. ... Jackson, leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage and tied for the lead in rushing, ran for 56 yards on 20 carries and caught seven passes for 40 yards. ... Mo Morris, subbing for Alexander, gained just 4 yards on five first-half carries, but had 70 yards on 18 carries in the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
STL
1st Downs2021
Passing 1st downs
1214
Rushing 1st downs
65
1st downs from penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
9-178-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6667
Total Yards364368
Yards per play5.55.5
Total Drives1411
Passing239309
Comp-Att
19-3426-39
Yards per pass
6.36.9
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-296-51
Rushing12559
Rushing Attempts
2822
Yards per rush
4.52.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-43-3
Penalties10-656-72
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:5532:05

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck19/342687.9304-29
STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bulger26/393609.2316-51

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris23743.2021
Hasselbeck22211.0017
STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson20562.819
Hedgecock122.002

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson49423.5142
Branch67612.7219
STLRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holt815419.3367
Curtis25226.0039

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEASTL
stlTD9:42Torry Holt, 9 yd pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 74 yds, 5:24
07
seaTD4:35Deion Branch, 14 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 62 yds, 5:06
77
SECOND QUARTERSEASTL
stlTD13:06Steven Jackson, 2 yd run (Jeff Wilkins kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 77 yds, 6:28
714
stlTD2:47Torry Holt, 10 yd pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 42 yds, 3:32
721
THIRD QUARTERSEASTL
seaTD4:36Darrell Jackson, 42 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 86 yds, 1:40
1421
FOURTH QUARTERSEASTL
seaFG14:26Josh Brown 49 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yds, 3:38
1721
seaTD13:40Deion Branch, 19 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 22 yds, 0:41
2421
seaFG10:39Josh Brown 49 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yds, 1:22
2721
stlTD1:54Torry Holt, 67 yd pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 93 yds, 1:04
2728
seaFG0:04Josh Brown 54 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yds, 1:44
3028