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