Bradford the Key in St. Louis’ Victory over Seattle

If there’s a head coach in the National Football League that knows rookie quarterbacks the most, chances are it’s the Seahawks’ Pete Carroll.

At his Wednesday press conference from the team’s Renton, Wash. training facilities, Carroll said that St. Louis’ rookie, Sam Bradford, had been asked to do a lot already as a starter and that he was handling it in stride.

That continued confidence and growth in the opening stages of Bradford’s professional career continued Sunday, as he led the Rams to a 20-3 victory at home over the Seahawks.

After Seattle’s first stalled drive of the game, Bradford brought his offense down to the Seattle 15-yard line, where, on third-and-10, the University of Oklahoma product found receiver Brandon Gibson in the middle of the end zone for the game’s opening score.

Already up a touchdown in the second half, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound Bradford provided his Rams insurance with his second touchdown. Dumping the ball down behind the line of scrimmage to Kenneth Darby with 10:45 to go in the third quarter, the reserve running back turned up field and scampered down the left side of the field. A key block was the finishing blow to the Seahawks’ defense, as Darby found the end zone on the 21-yard play.

Bradford finished the game 289 yards through the air, the two touchdowns and an interception.

The win was St. Louis’s second in a row at home. It was the first time the team’s won at home in consecutive games since 2006.

Seattle was by defensive end Chris Clemons, who brought down Bradford twice for sacks. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck finished the day with 191 yards passing and an interception.

For the moment, St. Louis (2-2) and Seattle (2-2) sit tied atop the NFC West, while Arizona (2-1) is set to play San Diego in minutes.

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