The Seattle Seahawks could not overcome penalties, turnovers and wasted opportunities in a 19-13 loss to NFC West division rival St. Louis on the road this afternoon.
With the loss, the Seahawks are now tied with the Rams at 2-2 overall.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson had his worst game of his young career, finishing 17 of 25 for only 160 yards, and three costly interceptions.
The Seahawks physically imposed their will against the Rams defense on the ground, finishing with 179 rushing yards. Marshawn Lynch led Seattle 20 carries for 118 yards, including an 18-yard score.
Seattle had one final chance to win the game on the final drive, but tight end Anthony McCoy slipped on an out route, and St. Louis running back Bradley Fletcher brought in the interception in the red zone.
Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlien boomed field goals from a franchise-record 58 and 60 yards.
But the swing play of the game came near the end of the first half.
After a productive drive stalled at Seattle’s 2-yard line, the Rams faked the short field goal, with punter Johnny Hekker hitting receiver Danny Amendola for a 2-yard touchdown pass, giving the Rams the lead for good, 10-7.
Amendola stayed out on the field after his offense’s unsuccessful play on third down. He snuck over and lined up on the ball near the Rams sideline. Seattle’s defense did not account for him.
St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford finished 16 of 30 for 221 yards and an interception.
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