A recap of the Seahawks’ 27-17 victory over the Rams in St. Louis on Sunday:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Justin Forsett. One week after rushing for 9 yards on eight carries against the Vikings in Minnesota, Forsett went off for a career-high 130 on 22 carries against the Rams. And the Seahawks needed almost every one of them. His 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. His 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. His career-long 26-yarder in the fourth quarter drive to the Olindo Mare field goal in the four quarter that made it 27-10. Basically each of the 68 yards he generated in the final quarter.
So what gives? Forsett ran for 123 yards against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago after leading rusher Julius Jones went out with a bruised lung. Then came the meltdown in Minneapolis. Now a day that produced career highs in rushing yards, longest run and touchdowns.
“It’s about consistency in this league,” the second-year back said. “We should be able to build on this and continue to grow next week. Hopefully.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Facing at fourth-and-1 from the Rams’ 18-yard line as the final seconds were ticking off the clock in the third quarter, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp had called a play-action pass. The Seahawks didn’t run the play before time expired, however. During the timeout as they were changing ends of the field, the play was switched to a run and Forsett broke an 11-yarder to the 7. He scored two plays later.
“Coach (Jim) Mora challenged us,” Forsett said. “He asked us what we wanted to do. Everybody wanted to run the ball.”
Defense: The Rams had a fourth-and-4 from the Seahawks’ 34 in the second quarter. Quarterback Kyle Boller went to wide receiver Donnie Avery, but cornerback Kelly Jennings got a hand on the ball. Josh Wilson intercepted the deflection and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown – and at least a 10-point swing in what turned out to be a 10-point game.
“I never saw Josh,” Jennings said. “I thought the ball was on the ground and then I heard everybody screaming and I saw Josh running. I know Josh, once he gets the ball in hands he’s hard to catch. It was a play we practiced all week, and I was there to make the play.”
Special teams: Mare’s 38-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It made the score 27-10, but it was significant for another reason, as well. It was Mare’s 16th field goal in a row, which ties the franchise record set by Todd Peterson in 1999 and tied by Josh Brown – who now kicks for the Rams – in 2004. Mare has not missed since he was criticized by Mora after missing two field goals in a six-point loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 3.
“The guy responded like a champion to the criticism I leveled at him,” Mora said.
Grant Wistrom was everywhere you turned this weekend. The former defensive end for the Seahawks and Rams was at the Seahawks’ hotel on Saturday night. He was sneaking up on his former teammates during pregame warm-ups today. He was recognized during the game as one of the Rams’ alumni of the week.
Wistrom, who is down to 235 pounds, looks great. He is running a gym with his wife and helping raise their two children.
On a second-and-1 play in the third quarter, QB Matt Hasselbeck faked a handoff to Forsett to the right side, but kept the ball and ran for 19 yards to the left side. Was that the called play?
“Whatever they said,” Hasselbeck offered.
Told that no one had said anything about the play, he said, “Then whatever they say.”
Pressed at bit, he added, “I don’t know, there’s some gray area in this offense.”
When Mora stepped to the podium, he started by expressing his and the team’s concerns for the four policemen who were killed today in Pierce County.
“Before we talk about the game I want to address the incident that happened today,” he said. “The Seattle Seahawks want to offer their condolences to the families of the slain officers and our hearts go out to them. It certainly puts what we do in perspective when you lay your life on the line like that.”
Defensive lineman Cory Redding got a concussion, but it was not considered serious.
Jones did not play, in fact he didn’t even workout before the game as planned. He was still having too much pain from the bruised lung he got against the Cardinals two weeks ago, Mora said.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It is different, especially for those of us who remember coming to this stadium when it was Astroturf, when it was the ‘Greatest Show on Turf,’ when they had Leonard Little and Grant Wistrom and the defense they had. They were very, very tough to beat.” – Hasselbeck, when asked about defeating the Rams for the 10th consecutive time