When the St.Louis Rams look back on the 2006 season, they can blame the likely reason as to why they missed the playoffs on one player – Seattle kicker Josh Brown. Sunday, just a five weeks after Brown booted a game-winning field goal to beat the Rams in St.Louis, the Hawks kicker did it again on Sunday, this time a 38-yard game-winner that went right through that gave the Hawks a 24-22 win at Qwest Field.
The loss for St.Louis was their fourth in a row, and the first loss to the Hawks back on October 15th has put them in a complete tailspin. Since then, the team has lost games to the Chargers, Chiefs, and now again to the Hawks. The loss drops them to 4-5, two full games back of Seattle, and likely with Seattle getting healthy, it will mean the last chance for them to draw close with seven games to play.
The Rams had built a 16-14 lead on the leg of their star kicker, Jeff Wilkins, but a major special teams mistake allowed the Hawks to regain the lead with 8:19 to go. After a long punt, Seattle returner Nate Burleson took the kick back a Hawks record 90 yards for the go-ahead score at 21-16. The Rams put together a nice drive that was capped with a Stephen Jackson touchdown to give them a 22-21 lead.
They went for two, and on the play, center Richie Incogntio held, taking away the points that would have given the Rams a 24-21 lead. Then he was assessed a personal foul, that cost the Rams 15 yards on the kickoff. Josh Scobey returned the kick 33 yards to the Rams 49, and it was evident from there that Brown would need just a few yards to get a shot to put the game away – he did.
Seattle is clearly on the uprise following the win. They will be getting their two superstars, Matt Hasslebeck and Shaun Alexander, back in the lineup in the next few weeks, and from there should be able to make a pretty solid run at again being the team that represents the NFC in the Super Bowl. For the Rams – just another missed chance thanks to the leg of Brown – again.