Final

Rams 0

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Seahawks 28

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, September 13, 2009

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 

1 2 3 4 T
STL 0 0 0 00
SEA 0 14 14 028

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hasselbeck (SEA) - 279 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Jones (SEA) - 19 CAR, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Carlson (SEA) - 6 REC, 95 YDS, 2 TD

Hasselbeck recovers to connect with Carlson for 2 TDs as Seahawks blank Rams

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- The feisty, new-look Seahawks of coach Jim Mora attacked on defense during plays -- and scrapped after them.

On offense, they showed balance between run and pass, and did a good job of protecting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Rams No Hassel

Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck's second and third quarter stats bested St. Louis Marc Bulger's entire game on Sunday.

QBs by quarter
Bulger Hasselbeck
When All qtrs 2nd, 3rd
Cmp-Att 17-36 17-22
Yards 191 184
TDs 0 3
Pass rating 63.5 140.9

It was as if 2008 never happened.

St. Louis resembled the same old Rams, who went 2-14 last year and got Steve Spagnuolo his first head coaching job.

Hasselbeck, playing his first game since Thanksgiving Day, overcame two interceptions in his first nine throws Sunday to connect with John Carlson for two touchdowns in Seattle's 28-0 romp past the Rams.

Hasselbeck, who missed nine games last season with a bad back, finished 25 of 36 for 279 yards passing, his most for an opener.

Seattle's first shutout in almost two years was its ninth consecutive win over its division rivals. It was also Seattle's biggest win to begin a season since a 38-0 victory over Philadelphia in 1998.

"The whole offseason, they said our team was soft," said rookie outside linebacker Aaron Curry, the fourth overall pick who scuffled repeatedly with Rams running back Steven Jackson. "We've got to change our image."

Fast Facts

• The Seahawks beat the Rams for the ninth straight time.

• In Jim Mora's debut as Seattle's head coach, Julius Jones rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown while Matt Hasselbeck was 25 for 36 for 279 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

• The Rams were shut out for the first time since 1998 in Steve Spagnuolo's first game as an NFL head coach.

• St. Louis has scored 16 or fewer points in 13 of its last 17 games and has lost 11 straight games.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Mora was smiling after his first game as a head coach since the end of the 2006 season for Atlanta. Nine months ago, the Seahawks were 4-12 for Mike Holmgren.

The former visiting locker room attendant for the Seahawks at the old Kingdome returned to his hometown for a day he said he'd thought of "for a long, long time."

"It was especially emotional for me, because there is some significance to it. I'd be lying if I told you there wasn't," the 47-year-old said. "It was kind of a surreal experience."

His revived Seahawks took advantage of a rare use of instant replay to cruise over the sloppy, undisciplined Rams, who pushed and shoved their way to 10 penalties. Two of them were personal fouls after plays by offensive lineman Richie Incognito.

"Would you rather us just get our tail kicked and walk back [to the huddle]?" Jackson said. "You saw some fight in this team."

Yet St. Louis gained just 247 yards in an effort similar to its 38-3 loss against Philadelphia that opened last season.

"Yeah, I'm not going there," said Spagnuolo, who was the Giants' defensive coordinator at the time.

The game's most decisive -- and weirdest -- play came late in the first half. Seattle's Olindo Mare struck a 49-yard field goal try low. C.J. Ah You blocked it, and three other Rams could have. Quincy Butler scooped the ball and ran 49 yards for an apparent touchdown.

As the Rams were about to snap for the tying extra point, referee Pete Morelli announced the booth officials had called for a review -- for whether St. Louis had 12 men on the field.

Turns out, they did. The Rams' sideline had almost no reaction to the rare reversal. Three plays later, Hasselbeck found Nate Burleson for a 12-yard touchdown. Instead of 7-7 at halftime, Seattle led 14-0.

The Rams never recovered.

"They count [players] every play, just in case that foul is called," Morelli said of the replay officials.

The issue of giving replay officials authority to review such plays grew after an infamous incident involving former Steelers coach Bill Cowher in 1995, four years before the current replay system began. The late referee Gordon McCarter incorrectly called Pittsburgh for 12 men on the field during a game against Minnesota. Cowher was fined for comically stuffing into McCarter's pocket a photo from the press box showing 11 Steelers on the field.

St. Louis managed just 13 first downs against the new, attacking schemes of first-year defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Marc Bulger, playing with tape on his broken right pinkie, was 17 of 36 for 191 yards. He was sacked three times.

He said the Rams "aren't going to panic" after just one game.

And Spagnuolo sounded encouraged.

"I'm obviously disappointed in the result, but I'm not disappointed in the effort," he said. "We feel we are better than that. And that's a good thing."

Game notes


RB Julius Jones took the new run game of Seahawks first-year offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, going untouched 62 yards for a touchdown in the second half. Jones finished with 117 yards on 19 carries. ... Mora said Lofa Tatupu and fellow LB Leroy Hill, who left in the first half with a groin injury, apparently have minor injuries and stayed out as a precaution. ... Rams LB James Laurinaitis debuted with 14 tackles. Spagnuolo said the rookie got "dinged" in the knee but should be OK.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
STL
SEA
1st Downs1325
Passing 1st downs
717
Rushing 1st downs
46
1st downs from penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
2-128-15
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5770
Total Yards247446
Yards per play4.36.4
Total Drives1212
Passing170279
Comp-Att
17-3625-36
Yards per pass
4.47.8
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-210-0
Rushing77167
Rushing Attempts
1834
Yards per rush
4.34.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-22-3
Penalties10-854-25
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:3332:27

Passing Leaders

STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bulger17/361915.3003-21
SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck25/362797.8320-0

Rushing Leaders

STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson16674.2022
Avery188.008
SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones191176.2162
James11302.708

Receiving Leaders

STLRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson58717.4045
Avery6467.7016
SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Carlson69515.8238
Burleson77410.6113

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSTLSEA
seaTD5:50John Carlson 1 Yard Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yds, 6:15
07
seaTD0:18Nate Burleson 12 Yard Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yds, 3:55
014
THIRD QUARTERSTLSEA
seaTD5:08John Carlson 33 Yard Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 99 yds, 3:55
021
seaTD3:52Julius Jones 62 Yard Run (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 62 yds, 0:00
028