Not as bad as the Chiefs meltdown, but still ugly. The Rams gave up 10 points in the last 2:47 to lose to another awful team, the Seattle Seahawks 23-20. Just like the Chiefs, Missouri has another pro team with no guts who can’t finish a game.
With the Rams trying to rally around Jim Haslett to save him a spot as a head coach next year, they held the Senaca Wallace led Seahawks to 76 yards in the first half, then it all fell apart for St. Louis.
T.J. Duckett’s 1-yard run tied it, the Rams fizzled while going three-and-out, and Olindo Mare’s 27-yard field goal as time expired ended the Seahawks’ six-game losing streak. The Rams have lost eight straight.
Steven Jackson ran for 91 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown and Jason Craft led an energized defense with two fumble recoveries in the first half for the Rams (2-12). The second half was a completely different story, with St. Louis totaling 99 yards and only four first downs, and Jackson limited to 10 yards on seven carries.
Just like the Chiefs, the Rams missed enough offensive opportunities to blow out Seattle and then couldn’t hold off an injury riddled Seattle team.
Each team lost two fumbles in the first half, both of the St. Louis takeaways by Craft in Seattle territory. The Rams got only a 36-yard field goal by Josh Brown out of those breaks, quickly giving the ball right back after Craft forced and recovered a fumble by Josh Wilson on the ensuing kickoff at the Seattle 42.
The Rams’ two first-half touchdowns matched their total from the previous five games. Jackson’s 6-yard run in the second quarter capped an 18-play, 97-yard march — their longest drive of the year in terms of plays and yards.
The game was the Rams’ fifth to be blacked out on local TV the last three seasons, and the 65,000-capacity Edward Jones Dome appeared about two-thirds full despite an announced attendance of 56,123. The fans who showed up seemed interested mostly in booing excitable guard Richie Incognito after one of his four penalties.