Final

Seahawks 13

(2-2, 0-2 away)

Rams 19

(2-2, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2012

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 7 0 3 313
STL 3 10 3 319

Top Performers

Passing: S. Bradford (STL) - 221 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Lynch (SEA) - 20 CAR, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Amendola (STL) - 6 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD

Greg Zuerlein kicks club-record 60-yard FG as Rams top Seahawks

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ST. LOUIS -- Forget about Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson. The St. Louis Rams' true offensive star thus far is a rookie kicker from a Division II school.

Greg Zuerlein made 21 consecutive field goals last fall at Missouri Western, and he's been a sure thing in the NFL, too.

The rookie kicked four field goals, setting a club record with a 58-yarder and then topping it with a 60-yarder, and helped the Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 19-13 on Sunday. He's 12 for 12 on the year and is the first kicker in league history to hit a 60-yard and 50-plus-yard field goal in the same game.

"Right now, our kicker is the MVP of the season," Jackson said. "Pretty much, all we've got to do is get across the 50-yard line and we're in his range."

Coach Jeff Fisher began the year with a conservative approach, saying he'd let Zuerlein air it out at the end of a half or game. He's no longer concerned with the great field position the opposition would get should Zuerlein miss.

"When the coach has confidence in you, it gives you more confidence in yourself," Zuerlein said. "I love it when they give me those chances."

Zuerlein also was a perfect decoy on the biggest play of the day -- a fake field goal that turned into a 2-yard touchdown pass from punter Johnny Hekker to Danny Amendola. The score put the Rams (2-2) ahead 10-7 late in the first half.

Amendola was pretending to jog off the field and stopped just shy of the sideline. He was all alone, and had to leap just a bit to snare a high spiral from Hekker, a former high school quarterback.

"The play kind of took a while," Amendola said. "I was afraid they would see me, but they didn't see me. I was just trying to get as small as I could, so nobody sees me."

Seahawks coaches upstairs noticed the trickery, but not quickly enough. Coach Pete Carroll was on the field trying in vain to get the officials' attention right before the snap.

"I don't know how far, but I was out there running at them," Carroll said. "I didn't do a good enough job of getting in their view, because I was calling timeout before the ball was snapped."

The Rams won for just the second time in 15 meetings against the Seahawks, who had outscored them 70-26 the previous three games.

The Seahawks (2-2) lost six days after beating Green Bay when a botched call by replacement officials on the final play gave them the winning touchdown. Regular officials were back this weekend.

Marshawn Lynch led Seattle with 118 yards on 20 carries, including an 18-yard score on the game's first possession.

The Rams intercepted Russell Wilson three times, the clincher coming from Bradley Fletcher at the Rams 25 with a minute to go. Wilson had just one pick the first three games but Carroll was pretty happy with the rookie's play, noting wide receiver Anthony McCoy slipped and fell on Fletcher's interception.

"I still think he's improving and getting more comfortable and all that," Carroll said. "We'll see what it all means. I don't know yet."

A week after sacking Aaron Rodgers eight times, the Seahawks got to Bradford twice.

St. Louis is 2-0 at home, also beating the Redskins in Week 2. Attendance was announced as 53,193, but the 66,000-capacity Edward Jones Dome looked about half full with the Cardinals also playing across town in search of the second NL wild card.

The Seahawks may have had an emotional letdown after their last-gasp 14-12 victory over the Packers, with Golden Tate's disputed touchdown grab perhaps the play that hastened the regular referees' return.

Tate had one catch for 7 yards on Sunday.

Carroll and Seahawks players didn't think there was an emotional letdown.

"Definitely not, definitely not," wide receiver Sidney Rice said. "What we did out here today was a reflection on us. It's definitely on us."

Referee Mike Carey tipped his cap to fans as he walked onto the field, and also shook hands with Carroll and wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The only moment the officials were really noticed was when umpire Chad Brown got some razzing from fans after he slipped and fell while getting into position before the Rams punted out of their end zone in the third quarter.

Neither coach mentioned the officials, a sign that order had been restored.

Bradford was 16 for 30 for 221 yards and an interception. Wilson completed his first seven passes for 78 yards before his first incompletion early in the second quarter. He finished 17 for 25 for 160 yards.

Game notes


Rams backup DE Eugene Sims (head) was injured in the third quarter. Sims got his first sack of the season in the first half. ... The Rams honored MLB James Laurinaitis, their leading tackler each of his first three seasons, with a bobblehead doll giveaway. ... Rams first-rounder Michael Brockers made his NFL debut starting at DT. Jermelle Cudjo, who started the first three games, was inactive. ... Seahawks G James Carpenter made his season debut coming off a left knee injury last November. He missed time in the first quarter with a right knee injury but returned in the second quarter.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
STL
1st Downs1915
Passing 1st downs
813
Rushing 1st downs
112
1st downs from Penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
2-95-13
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays6160
Total Yards319286
Yards per play5.24.8
Total Drives1012
Passing140211
Comp - Att
17-2517-31
Yards per pass
5.66.8
Interceptions thrown
31
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-202-12
Rushing17975
Rushing Attempts
3427
Yards per rush
5.32.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-31-2
Penalties5-556-37
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
31
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:5230:08

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wilson17/251606.4032-20
STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bradford16/302217.4012-12
Hekker1/122.0100-0

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch201185.9118
Turbin6457.5013
STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson18553.1023
Richardson6162.708

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Rice44110.30177
Lynch4379.30164
STLRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Amendola6559.211510
Givens15252.00523

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEASTL
seaTD10:45Marshawn Lynch 18 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 70
stlFG04:59Greg Zuerlein 58 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERSEASTL
stlTD01:11Danny Amendola 2 Yd Pass From John Hekker (Greg Zuerlein Kick) 710
stlFG00:00Greg Zuerlein 48 Yd 713
THIRD QUARTERSEASTL
stlFG13:46Greg Zuerlein 60 Yd 716
seaFG04:10Steven Hauschka 31 Yd 1016
FOURTH QUARTERSEASTL
seaFG13:03Steven Hauschka 30 Yd 1316
stlFG06:07Greg Zuerlein 24 Yd 1319

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: The Seahawks' Russell Wilson did not have much success throwing the ball downfield Sunday against the Rams. Wilson was just 3-of-8 on passes further than 10 yards with two interceptions, including one on the Seahawks' final play with 1:08 to play in the game. Entering the game, the Rams did not have any downfield interceptions and had allowed the third-highest yards per attempt (13.5) on passes deeper than 10 yards downfield.
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