The Seahawks had everything going against them on Sunday as they entered a hornet’s nest known as the Edward Jones Dome. They were coming off a bye, and the week before were beaten up badly in Chicago. They were still without their MVP in Shaun Alexander, and also were missing wide out Bobby Engram. The team was looking to prove that despite all the things against them, they were still the defending NFC Champs. They did just that – and more. With a gutsy effort that included a booming 54-yard field goal from Josh Brown as time expired, the Seahawks won their biggest game of the year with a 30-28 win over the Rams.
The win has to be credited to a big day for Matt Hasselbeck, who threw for 268 yards and three TD’s. The winning drive was not so easy, as Hassleback thew completions for 14, 19, and 9 yards to set the Hawks up. Then it looked as if the Hawks blew their chance, as there was an illegal formation penalty on Seattle after they spiked the ball with less than 10 seconds left. Usually that would represent a 10-second run off that would have ended the game, but the refs instead said that becuase the ball had been spotted and snapped properly, there would be no runoff.
With that, bring in Brown, who was his usual automatic, even from a whopping 54 yards out. This win was not just a win in the division and gets the Hawks back on track, it gives the Hawks a serious vote of confidence that they can win a big game, on the road, without Alexander. Seattle even has the knowledge of knowing they came back on the road from a double-digit deficit, as they trailed 21-7 midway through the third quarter.
It was a wake up call for the Rams, who maybe at 4-1 throught they were one of the elite in the NFC. Their defense was the letdown, allowing 364 yards, and simply not doing enough to back up a huge 360-yard day from Marc Bulger. It’s time to find out just how far the Rams have come as they have a brutal schedule coming up in the next few weeks with games at San Diego, vs Kansas City, at Seattle and at Carolina. If they want to stay in the race in the NFC West, they are going to have to shore up the “D.” For Sunday, it was an opportunity wasted at home against one of the NFL’s best.