During week six of the NFL season the Seahawks suffered a rare home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. During that game, the Hawks looked poised to win, but gave up a first down on third and 20, which allowed the Cowboys to get a late win. After the crushing home loss, the Seahawks made the decision to part ways with troubled receiver, Percy Harvin. With the Receiver out of town, and another loss in St Louis to the Rams, the defending Superbowl Champions looked to be in a lost season. Now the Seahawks look to right the wrong and avenge a week 7 loss.
In St Louis, the Rams always seem to play the Seahawks tough the last few seasons. In 2013, with a back-up quarterback, the Rams were able to give Seattle its toughest match up of the season as the defense played like a Superbowl contender. Unfortunately for the Rams, as strong as the defense was, they couldn’t make up for the lack of a real starting quarterback and they lost to the Seahawks 14-9 on the final play from the one yard line.
In week 7 the Rams were able to pull of the shocking upset victory with several trick plays. On a Jon Ryan punt, the entire Rams special teams rolled to the right, and Tavon Austin acted as if he had lost the ball in the lights. Meanwhile, the ball had actually gone left, and Stedman Bailey was all alone and ran the ball back for a touchdown. The Rams had gotten the entire Seahawks squad to avoid looking up for the ball, and followed their moves. The play was a gutsy call by coach Jeff fisher, but he was not done yet.
In the Final moments of the game the Rams lead 28-26. The Seahawks defense came up big, and was able to stop the Rams deep in their own territory. With two time outs, and over a minute left in the game, the team, coaches, and fans were confident that Russell Wilson would be able to get the ball back and lead Seattle down to get into field goald range and Steven Haushka would kick the game winner.
Coach Fisher of the Rams was also very confident that would happen, and he made sure it did not get the chance. The Rams looked to punt the ball away, but as the ball was snapped, punter Johny Hecker threw a short pass and gave the Rams the first down, effectively sealing the win for the Rams.
The Seahawks offense would never get the ball back. The game ended on a controversial no call by the referees. The Rams appeared to have fumbled the ball, and cornerback Richard Sherman looked to have recovered the ball. The play was not even reviewed and Seattle had lost back to back games for the first time in two seasons, and the only time in 2014
Fast-forward to week 17, and those same Seahawks who sat at 3-3 are in prime position to once again capture the number one seed in the NFC. If the Seattle can pick up the win and right the wrong that happened back in October, the playoffs must come through the Pacific Northwest on the way to Superbowl 49. The Rams have constantly been a thorn in the side of the Seahawks and do not plan on ending the season with a 6-10 record. In addition to the rivalry making things tough for Seattle, the Rams are the only team in the division to get a win over them. Seattle has swept both the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers already. The game kicks off at 1:25 in sold out Century Link Field.
Commentary By Andy Lapic
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