Final

Rams 22

(4-5, 2-3 away)

Seahawks 24

(6-3, 4-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, November 12, 2006

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 

1 2 3 4 T
STL 10 3 3 622
SEA 7 7 0 1024

Top Performers

Passing: M. Bulger (STL) - 215 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Morris (SEA) - 21 CAR, 124 YDS

Receiving: D. Jackson (SEA) - 5 REC, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Seahawks deny Rams on late field goal by Brown

SEATTLE (AP) -- The thrilling has seemingly gotten so routine for Josh Brown, he barely reacts to it now.

But his Seahawks? They love it -- and Brown.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Rams brought pressure defensively that helped create turnovers and Seattle QB Seneca Wallace (right) accounted for two of them that allowed the Rams to stay in the game. Still, Wallace proved to be effective in the passing game and had two touchdowns on the day. As noted before, the Rams have to play near-perfect football and cannot afford turnovers. QB Marc Bulger threw his second interception on the year and the Rams lost by two points.

Once again, they jubilantly mobbed each other after their absurdly cool kicker calmly made a 38-yard field goal with 9 seconds left as Seattle beat St. Louis 24-22 on Sunday and seize control of the NFC West.

After his second game-winning kick to beat the Rams in less than a month, Brown simply bowed his head into the hug of holder Ryan Plackemeier.

The stunned Rams (4-5) simply stared at a fourth consecutive loss.

It was Brown's fifth winning field goal for the Seahawks (6-3) since Oct. 2, 2005, when he clanged a potential winner from 47 yards off the left upright at the end of regulation in an overtime loss at Washington.

"I'm not shocked I made it," Brown said. "I think I would have been more shocked had I missed.

"It's definitely not an arrogance thing. ... We prepare like this every day."

It all forced Seahawks defensive end Grant Wistrom to grudgingly praise his kicker.

"This is the third game he's won this season, isn't it?" Wistrom said of Brown, correctly. "He's pretty important.

Elias Says
Josh Brown
Remember when the Seahawks' Josh Brown kicked a 54-yard field goal to turn an apparent defeat into a 30-28 win in the closing seconds of the game at St. Louis on Oct. 15? Well, four weeks later, he did it again.

Brown turned another deficit into a win -- again against the Rams -- with his 38-yard field goal with nine seconds left at Seattle on Sunday. It turned a 22-21 deficit into a 24-22 victory.

Now, the Elias part: Brown became the first player in NFL history to beat the same team twice in the same season with a trailing-to-leading field goal in the final minute of the game.

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"But I don't want to give him too much credit. He thinks he's pretty good already."

Brown probably would not have gotten his chance without Nate Burleson's first Seattle heroics.

His team stalled with just 10 total yards in two-plus quarters, Burleson ran back a punt 90 yards to give Seattle a 21-16 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Burleson, who became the punt returner just last week after falling out of Seattle's crowded receiving rotation, ran through an arm tackle attempt by Kay-Jay Harris and behind a block by Marcus Trufant. He then juked punter Matt Turk and sped to the reviving score.

"I looked at the punter. He looked at me. I knew I had to give him something," Burleson said of Seattle's first punt return for a score in three years.

The Rams responded by driving to the Seattle 14 on 7-for-9 passing by Marc Bulger. Steven Jackson, who gained 93 yards on 18 carries, bulled the final 14 yards, carrying four Seahawks across the goal line, for a 22-21 lead with 2:30 left. A holding penalty on center Richie Incognito nullified Torry Holt's catch of Bulger's 2-point conversion pass, and Bulger's next conversion try was incomplete.

Incognito also had a personal foul at the end of the touchdown for jumping into a pileup after Jackson's helmet had come off in the end zone. That meant Jeff Wilkins had to kick off from the 15.

"I wanted to protect Steven -- and it resulted in a personal foul," Incognito said.

Josh Scobey returned Wilkins' pushed-back kickoff 33 yards to the St. Louis 49. Two runs by Maurice Morris for 15 yards and a 10-yard pass from Seneca Wallace to Darrell Jackson pushed Seattle to the Rams 20 with 13 seconds left.

Brown then won another game.

"Another day at the office," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said, sighing. "My goodness."

Wilkins appeared to have kicked his fourth field goal to put St. Louis up 19-14 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. But just before the ball was snapped, first-year Rams coach Scott Linehan threw his red challenge flag to dispute an incomplete pass to Kevin Curtis.

A replay review overturned the call to give Curtis a 5-yard reception. Linehan then chose to go for a fourth-and-1, but Bulger's pass to a well-covered Joe Klopfenstein fell incomplete.

"Yeah, the defense was playing good enough that you hate to take points off the board," Bulger said, adding he thought a fullback going the wrong way ruined the play.

"If we score a touchdown on that drive, we make it two-score game and it would have been a pretty good situation for us. We certainly could have used the [three] points at the end of the game."

Wilkins' 35-yard field goal gave St. Louis a 16-14 lead in the third quarter.

Seattle led only 14-13 at halftime despite outgaining St. Louis 243-119. Morris, starting his sixth consecutive game while league MVP Shaun Alexander heals a broken left foot, had 79 of those yards. Morris finished with 124 yards on 21 carries.

St. Louis stayed in the game early because Leonard Little blew past right tackle Tom Ashworth, filling in for injured starter Sean Locklear, on a third-down from the St. Louis 6. Little crashed into Wallace's arm before Victor Adeyanju picked up the fumble and ran 89 yards untouched for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Game notes


The Rams lost Pro Bowl LT Orlando Pace for the rest of the season because of a torn left triceps. ... Wallace, in his third NFL start while Matt Hasselbeck recovers from a sprained knee, was 15-of-23 for 161 yards and two first-half touchdowns, to Jackson and Jerramy Stevens. ... Bulger was 26-for-40 for 215 yards and an interception. ... Rams DB Travis Fisher injured his right forearm. He said he is due for a CAT scan on Monday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
STL
SEA
1st Downs1819
Passing 1st downs
109
Rushing 1st downs
89
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
6-144-11
4th down efficiency
0-20-0
Total Plays6455
Total Yards299283
Yards per play4.75.1
Total Drives1012
Passing191123
Comp-Att
26-4015-23
Yards per pass
4.34.2
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-246-38
Rushing108160
Rushing Attempts
2026
Yards per rush
5.46.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-42-3
Penalties7-583-16
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession33:5226:08

Passing Leaders

STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bulger26/402155.4014-24
SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wallace15/231617.0205-35
Branch0/000.0001-3

Rushing Leaders

STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson18935.2130
Bulger188.008
SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris211245.9020
Wallace23015.0031

Receiving Leaders

STLRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holt77310.4018
Bruce7669.4022
SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson58517.0130
Stevens3299.7115

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSTLSEA
stlTD9:27Victor Adeyanju, 89 yd fumble return (Jeff Wilkins kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 61 yds, 5:49
70
seaTD5:49Darrell Jackson, 3 yd pass from Seneca Wallace (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 76 yds, 3:26
77
stlFG0:12Jeff Wilkins 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 38 yds, 5:38
107
SECOND QUARTERSTLSEA
seaTD7:45Jerramy Stevens, 15 yd pass from Seneca Wallace (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 94 yds, 3:20
1014
stlFG0:32Jeff Wilkins 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 57 yds, 7:12
1314
THIRD QUARTERSTLSEA
stlFG5:45Jeff Wilkins 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 33 yds, 2:42
1614
FOURTH QUARTERSTLSEA
seaTD8:38Nate Burleson, 90 yd punt return (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 8 yds, 2:08
1621
stlTD2:37Steven Jackson, 14 yd run
Drive info: 11 plays, 69 yds, 5:49
2221
seaFG0:13Josh Brown 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 29 yds, 2:21
2224