The Rams dropped to 2-3 on the season with a 37-31 loss to the Seahawks at the Dome Sunday. Their chances of winning may have very well slipped through the arms of Shaun McDonald. The Rams were able to cut Seattle’s lead to 37-31 with a 40-yard field goal from Jeff Wilkins with 3:38 to go. Mike Martz opted to kick off and let his defense try to stop the Seahawks, which they did on a three-and out.
The punt from Tom Rouen sailed to the Rams’ 40-yard line, where Shaun McDonald fumbled the ball almost as soon as he touched it. The ball was recovered by Seattle long-snapper J.P. Darche with 2:51 to go and the Seahawks were able to melt the clock for the win.
The Rams had won the last four meetings against the Seahawks.
St. Louis took a 7-0 lead before even putting their offense on the field, when kick returner Chris Johnson took the opening kick 99 yards for a Rams touchdown. But Seattle countered with two touchdowns before the end of the first quarter and led 14-7. Both drives were just three plays long.
Despite Marc Bulger’s touchdown passes to Kevin Curtis and Torry Holt in the second quarter, the Rams couldn’t ever get the lead back. With Seattle’s two top receivers, Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram, injured they had to rely on veteran Joe Jurevicius. He caught nine passes for 137 yards, including a second quarter touchdown, in between the Rams’ two scores.
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck finished with 316 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Rams also had trouble stopping the run, as Shaun Alexander raced for 119 yards and two scores. Marc Bulger countered with 336 yards passing and two touchdowns with one interception. Steven Jackson had 17 carries for 77 yards and a score.