Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Golden Tate caught eight passes for 129
yards and a touchdown and Marshawn Lynch rushed for 97 yards and a TD as the
Seattle Seahawks locked up the NFC's No. 1 seed with a 27-9 win over the St.
Louis Rams on Sunday.
Russell Wilson was 15-for-23 passing for 172 yards and a score and Malcolm
Smith returned an interception for a touchdown for the Seahawks (13-3), who
won the NFC West and secured home-field advantage throughout the conference
"It's a big deal. We're really pumped about that," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll
The Seahawks will play their divisional round playoff game on Saturday, Jan.
11 at 4:35 p.m. ET.
Kellen Clemens completed 21-of-30 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown and two
interceptions for the Rams (7-9), who were held to just 13 rushing yards.
"We didn't do the things we had been in the past and that was running the
football," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "They're the No. 1 defense for a
St. Louis will have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after
Washington's loss earlier on Sunday. The Rams will receive the Redskins' pick
to complete the Robert Griffin III trade.
After going three-and-out on their opening possession, the Seahawks cashed in
on an early mistake from Clemens as Smith intercepted a tipped pass and
returned it 37 yards for a score.
Seattle drove down the Rams' 6-yard line on their first drive of the second
quarter, but Wilson was sacked on second down before throwing an incomplete
pass on third and the hosts settled for a 28-yard Steven Hauschka field goal.
The teams traded empty possessions from there until Hauschka made it 13-0 with
his 35-yard field goal with three seconds left in the first half.
St. Louis finally got on the board just over four minutes into the second
half. Austin Pettis returned Jon Ryan's punt 32 yards down to the Seattle 31-
yard line. After picking up a quick first down on a short pass to Stedman
Bailey, Zac Stacy was stopped at the line and Clemens threw two quick
incomplete passes to set up a 36-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal.
The Seahawks answered with a 14-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that took nearly
8 1/2 minutes off the game clock. On 1st-and-10 from the Rams' 23, Lynch
rushed to the right side for no gain. Alec Ogletree was flagged on the play
for a late hit on Lynch, who was well out of bounds.
On the next play, Ogletree was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct once again
for his actions after tackling Seahawks running back Robert Turbin. Also on
the play, St. Louis' Kendall Langford was ejected after making contact with a
game official. As Langford was defending his teammate, he raised his arm and
accidentally knocked the hat off of the official. As he was leaving the field,
Langford spiked his helmet on the turf for yet another penalty.
Lynch punched it in two plays later for a 20-3 edge.
Wilson connected with Tate for a 47-yard touchdown completion early in the
fourth to all but seal the win.
Clemens tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook with 4:13 left, but was
unable to connect on the two-point conversion attempt to account for the final
Seattle finished 7-1 at home this season ... The Seahawks won the time of
possession battle 33:40-26:20 ... Seattle picked up 20 first downs and held
the Rams to just 11 first downs ... Lance Kendricks led the Rams with five
catches for 54 yards.