And yet none of that mattered on a cold and rainy afternoon at CenturyLink Field, as the Rams beat the Seahawks 23-17 to improve to 4-1 in the NFC West.
“There hasn’t been a win like this one, man. There hasn’t,” linebacker
St. Louis held Seattle to a season-low 313 offensive yards and forced three turnovers, maintaining control of the game throughout.
“Case made some good decisions,” Fisher said. “I thought the offensive line played well against that front. That front is really good. Fortunately, we were able to just keep the run game going throughout the game, and we got creases, and Todd made some plays.”
The Rams took an early lead on a 42-yard field goal by
On 3rd-and-1 from midfield, fullback Will Tukuafu took a handoff up the middle and got hit hard by safety
“It was a great hit by Mark Barron,” Ayers said. “I was then able to come in and the ball came right to me, so I was able to scoop it, make a few guys miss, have some good blocks down the field, and I was able to get into the end zone.”
The scoop and score put the Rams up 10-0, which helped set the tone for the rest of the contest.
In the second quarter, the defense recorded another turnover when
With the pick, Johnson not only broke Wilson’s streak, but extended his own of recording an interception in four consecutive games. He’s up to seven picks on the season and 15 for his career, which leads all members of the 2012 draft class.
“He’s getting his hands on the ball and he’s making plays,” Fisher said. “In addition to the interceptions, he’s breaking up a lot of passes, which is good. So he’s feeling good. And I think you could also agree that he’s tackling very well. He’s bringing a lot of contact to ball carriers, receivers, and tight ends.”
While the Rams could not capitalize on that turnover, they did take advantage of strong field position later in the period. Ayers and defensive end
“AD’s been carrying the team the whole year. So I just wanted to put a little bit on [my] shoulders to take a little pressure off him,” Hayes said. “He’s basically been carrying our D-line since Rob [Quinn’s] been out. So, just kind of want to help do my part today.”
But that half-sack in particular was especially productive, as
The visitors wasted no time in taking a shot to get back on the board, as quarterback Case Keenum fired a deep ball to
“It was actually a double move at the line of scrimmage, to tell you the truth,” Britt said. “Case did a great job of just putting the ball out there.”
It was Britt’s second touchdown catch of at least 25 yards in the last two weeks, displaying the chemistry and timing between he and Keenum.
“We’ve been doing an excellent job on the practice field taking time before practice and after practice to make sure we’re on the same page,” Britt said.
In the fourth quarter, the Rams moved down the field with a few fortunate bounces and heady play by their center. On 3rd-and-1 from the Seattle 40, running back
“You hit the bottom of the pile and you’re just trying to do whatever you can to get the ball,” Barnes said. “And luckily, I had just enough left in me to keep a hold of it and the refs saw it well enough to know I had the ball.”
A play later, running back Todd Gurley broke through for a 20-yard gain, but toward the end of his run he fumbled while hurdling a defender. And once again, Barnes was down the field to fall on the football, this time making the recovery on the Seattle two-yard line.
“On the goal line, I was just trying to follow the play and I happened to be right behind him. It was a good clean recovery,” Barnes said.
Those two fumble recoveries made a lasting impression.
“Tim was huge,” Long said. “Tim was like the MVP.”
On 3rd-and-goal, Gurley finished the drive with his 10th rushing touchdown of the season, giving St. Louis a 23-10 advantage.
The touchdown run came on a situation where just about everyone in the stadium may have figured Gurley would receive the handoff. But he was able to get into the end zone anyway thanks to a solid push up front.
“It means a lot. Everybody knows what we’re going to do, but we just go out there and execute anyway,” Gurley said.
Just when it looked like Seattle may score again, the Rams forced another turnover to halt the opportunity. Wilson scrambled for a 20-yard gain in the red zone, but defensive end
Seattle forced St. Louis to go three-and-out, but had no timeouts and only 1:07 on the clock when they regained possession. Before the final whistle blew, Wilson connected with Jermaine Kearse for an 18-yard touchdown. But, the onside kick went out of bounds, and Keenum took a knee to secure the road win.
With the victory, the Rams have now won three in a row and improve their record to 7-8. They’ll finish the 2015 season on Sunday against the 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif.
“We treated this like a playoff game. We’ll treat next week at San Fran the same way,” Laurinaitis said. “Our goal, like I said three weeks ago, was to go 4-0 in the last four. We’re 3-0 right now and hope we can keep it going.”