Seattle Seahawks head coach spoke to reporters for about 15 minutes after the game. Mora said he thought his team came out a little anxious early on, with the Seahawks turning the ball over on three of their first four possessions.
“I felt like they were a litte tight,” he said. “But they did a nice job of settling down, getting into a rhythm and our defense gave us a chance offensively, to find that rhythm.”
The Seahawks eventually did get the offense going after the defense kept St. Louis out of the end zone. At the end of the game Mora was somewhat subdued coming off of the field, but said his first, official win as the Seahawks head coach meant a lot to him.
“It was especially emotional for me because there is significance,” Mora said about his first official win as the Seahawks head coach. “I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that there was. I have thought about this day for a long, long time. To go out there and listen to our crowd and see the effect that they had on the game, and the penalties, it was kind of a surreal experience for me.”
Even though the Rams looked awful and the team struggled in the opening stages of the game, guys were pretty pleased with the team’s overall performance.
In particular, fullback Justin Griffith, who did a nice job of clearing space for Julius Jones and the rest of the running backs, was happy to get the running game going.
Seattle finished with 167 yards on the ground on 34 carries for a 4.9 per-carry average.
“With the run scheme you’ve just got to go in there for the nasty, 2-or-3 yards and eventually you’ll pop a big one,” Griffith said. “But we saw that today. We just kept plugging away. For a minute there it seemed like the running game wasn’t going, but we saw a look, and we took advantage of it and we got a score.”
The biggest play of the game probably was the Rams’ blocked field goal on Olindo Mare’s 49-yard attempt that was returned 51 yards by safety Quincy Butler with under a minute left in the half.
The Rams had 12 men on the field on the play, but the Seahawks couldn’t challenge that call within the last two minutes, and the officials are responsible for counting all the players on the field to make sure there are not too many.
The officials missed the call initially, but Mora knew about it and talked to the side judge, and the officials up in the booth also caught it. So the only decision Mora would have had was whether or not to go for it if the yardage marked off did not result in a first down. And Mora said he had already decided to go for it if they were fourth-and-1.
The Seahawks eventually got the ball back, got a first down on the penalty yardage marked off and scored three plays later on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Nate Burleson on an slant route.
It was probably the biggest play of the game, in that the final result was a 14-point swing, with the Seahawks going ahead 14-0 at the end of the half instead of being tied 7-all.
Referee Pete Morelli said the 12-men-on-the-field penalty is something that is always reviewable during the game, which is triggered by the booth and then reviewed on the field.
Mora said he was impressed with the controlled intensity that rookie linebacker Aaron Curry played with. Curry and Rams running back Steven Jackson got into it a couple times on the field, with Jackson throwing a blow and getting a personal foul call at the end of the half, but Curry never retaliated and didn’t seem to let the loose play get him out of his game.
Curry finished with four tackles on the day.