Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/30/13
ST. LOUIS – The final shot, way down at the Seattle goal, was a lob from Kellen Clemens that had no chance. Then Chris Long, the weary Ram pass rusher, dropped his head in his hands as a terrific show by the St. Louis defense dissolved into the atmosphere.St. Louis had operated without its regular QB Monday night – Clemens for Sam Bradford (knee) – but the Seahawks were without both starting offensive tackles. And so it was no surprise the whole thing morphed into a hammerball, smash-the-quarterback kind of thing that looked like a chapter out of Verdun… with dirigibles and concertina wire and the French commander declaring, “They shall not pass!” Both defenses massed troops at the line of scrimmage. Seattle did because the Rams couldn’t throw; the Rams’ did because Seattle couldn’t block. And the result was plenty of man-on-man coverage and ten combined sacks and 200 yards of St. Louis rushing but zero Rams in the endzone.“That’s the difference in the game,” said Clemens, who hasn’
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