Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/8/14
There are three phases to every football game: offense, defense and special teams. Often overlooked in the shuffle of competition is the importance of the latter phase, a phase that sees second- and third-string players who fought for roster spots in training camp take the field. On this particular afternoon, the St. Louis Rams reminded football fans just how important these fringe players are to a winning franchise. Two relatively-unknown rookies, kicker Greg Zuerlein and punter Johnny Hekker, were the stars in a 19-13 win against the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Zuerlein made all four of his field goals Sunday and became the first rookie in NFL history to make a 60-yard attempt. Hekker continued to show why he was nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week honors two weeks ago, averaging 39 yards per punt and even throwing his first career touchdown pass. Seattle continued to produce offensively after an inspiring — and controversial — performance against the Green Bay Packers last Monday...
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