Fumble-itis strikes again
I was told I had to pick this game for my moments in time segment this week for one reason, and one reason only. NWSB Senior editor “Q” told me he was in St. Louis at this game with the rest of the travelling 12th man!
It was the 2007 season and the Seattle Seahawks were slated to take on the woeful St Louis Rams in St Louis. Both teams were coming off 2 game win streaks with the Rams streak coming after going 0-8 to start the season.
The Seahawks were 6-4 and fighting the Arizona Cardinals for the right to represent the NFC West in the playoffs.
The Rams started the scoring in the first quarter. Seattle was pinned to their 1 yard line after a punt and painful penalty.
Seahawks RB Maurice Morris was then tackled on the first play in the end zone for a safety. After the ensuing free kick, the Rams would take the ball to the house, capping their drive with a huge 53 yard touchdown run from Steven Jackson.
Seahawks kick returner Josh Wilson was not satisfied as he took the kickoff 89 yards for an impressive return touchdown. The score made it 9-7 Rams.
On the next Rams drive, Mark Bulger came out of the game after throwing an interception to Seahawks DE Patrick Kerney on a botched shovel pass. Bulger was injured in the first drive of the game after a vicious Leroy Hill sack and would be replaced by Gus Frerotte.
The first quarter ended right after the Rams scored one last time, with Frerotte connecting with Isaac Bruce for a 15 yard score.
The second quarter was a lackluster one, to say the least, with the Rams getting the lone score in the 2nd on a Jeff Wilkins 23 yard field goal. That made the score 19-7 St Louis.
The Seahawks took over from there.
Josh Brown kicked a 33 yard field goal in the 3rd quarter to bring the Seahawks to within 9. Matt Hasselbeck would then connect with Deion Branch from 9 yards out to make it a 19-17 game.
The fourth quarter finalized the Seahawks comeback, with FB Leonard Weaver pounding the ball in from 5 yards out, putting Seattle up 24-19.
The comeback was complete, but could they hold on? The Rams were sure to make it close, and they did.
The Seahawks attempted a 52 yard field goal with just under 3 minutes to go in the game, but missed the attempt. The Rams then put together a spectacular last drive, starting at their own 42 yard line and making it all the way to the Seahawks 1 yard line.
With 27 seconds left in the game, on fourth and goal on the Seahawks 1 yard line, the Rams just needed to punch the ball in to win the game.
They wouldn’t get a chance.
Frerotte bobble the snap and recovered it at the 5 yard line and was hit immediately. The turnover on downs ended the game and deflated the now 2-9 Rams as they would go on to finish the season in dead last in the NFC West with a 3-13 record.
Hasselbeck would finish 21/38 for 249 yds, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Maurice Morris was in for the injured Shaun Alexander and ran 16 times for 79 yards. Weaver’s 5 yard touchdown was his lone carry of the game.
Branch had 5 grabs for 79 yards and a touchdown and Bobby Engram had 7 grabs for 70 yards. Patrick Kerney had 3 sacks on Rams QBs on the day along with his interception and a forced fumble while Leroy Hill got a sack and a forced fumble.
Trufant had an interception in the game as well.
The Rams OJ Atogwe had the lone Rams pick of the day while Will Witherspoon and Brandon Chillar each had 2 sacks for the Rams and Le’Roi Glover had another. Bulger was 3/5 before leaving the game with 32 yards passing and the Kerney interception.
Frerotte went 20/32 with 161 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Steven Jackson had 23 carries for 90 yards and that long touchdown.
Isaace Bruce had 6 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown while Mike Furrey had 5 catches for 54 yards.
Here is a video highlight of the beautiful Josh Wilson runback.