Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/29/13
The Rams knocked and knocked and knocked on the door. In the process they knocked the stuffing out of NFC West powerhouse Seattle. But they just couldn’t find the end zone, right down to a last-ditch effort on fourth-and-goal from the Seattle 2. As time expired, Kellen Clemens’ fade pattern to a well-covered Brian Quick fell incomplete in the left corner of the end zone. A game the Rams probably deserved to win ended in a 14-9 loss Monday at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams reached the Seattle 15, the Seattle 10, and the Seattle 3 previously, but couldn’t get the ball in the end zone, settling for three Greg Zuerlein field goals. The Rams lost their second straight, falling to 3-5 overall. Seattle at 7-1 has the best record in the NFC. There were 55,966 tickets distributed in a game where about 45,000 attended. In a way, you could say it was typical Rams’ buzzard luck. A sure interception turned into an 80-yard touchdown by Golden Tate. And Zuerlein, who had made his first 14 field goals of the season, barely missed on 50-yarder — wide right — that would have narrowed Seattle’s lead to 14-12 with 8½ minutes left in the game. The Rams kept Marshawn Lynch and the vaunted Seattle running game in check, and despite two interceptions by Kellen Clemens trailed only 7-3 at the half. As has been the case since the Sept. 26 loss to San Francisco, two and three tight end sets were the order of the day for the Rams’ offense. The extra beef up front opened some holes against Seattle’s sixth-ranked rushing defense, with Zac Stacy the primary beneficiary. All told the Rams had 97 yards rushing at halftime to 29 for Seattle. Stacy had 76 yards on 13 carries at the half. Lynch, who entered the game ranked second in the NFL in rushing, managed only eight yards on four carries in the opening half. The Rams got on the board first, thanks to a short field and the steady leg of Zuerlein, who’s 33-yard field goal with 4:37 to go in the first quarter gave the Rams a 3-0 lead. Taking advantage of a short field, the Rams took over at the Seattle 46 on the field goal drive. Clemens kept the drive alive by scramble into the open then firing a 26-yard pass to Austin Pettis on a third-and-9 from the Seahawks’ 45. The Rams had another drive in making late in the first quarter, but Clemens threw an interception down the left sideline on a play where it looked like tight end Jared Cook stopped running his route. Linebacker Bruce Irvin, dropping into coverage, intercepted the pass at the Seattle 21. But with the Rams’ defense breathing fire, the Seahawks couldn’t do much with the ball. When not stuffing the running game, the Rams were all over quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson was sacked four times in the first half, with defensive end Robert Quinn getting three of them. Chris Long made it five sacks on the night when he got Wilson on the first series of the third quarter, forcing a punt.
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