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Second quarter

Peephole perspective: Former Seahawk K Josh Brown scored the only points of the quarter, capping an 83-yard drive. Seahawks 7, Rams 3.

Players of the quarter: The Seahawks’ maligned defense. Yes, the unit surrendered the 83-yard drive to Brown’s field goal. But they forced the Rams to settle for the three-pointer after the drive reached the Seahawks’ 14. The Seahawks forced three-and-outs on the Rams’ other two possessions, giving them four in the first half. The Rams had 121 yards in the first half, and 83 came on the field-goal drive.

Play of the quarter: The Rams had a third-and-1 on their second possession of the quarter and wisely gave the ball to RB Steven Jackson. But DT Brandon Mebane collapsed the middle of the line as he and DE Kentwan Balmer stopped Jackson for no gain.

Numbers of the quarter: 7/11. Raheem Brock and Chris Clemons teamed up for a sack of Sam Bradford. That gave Brock seven for the season and Clemons 11.

The bigger picture: The Rams got on the board as Brown kicked a 32-yard field goals with 8:54 left in the half. The three-pointer by the former Seahawk capped a 13-play, 83-yard drive that included Bradford passing to TE Daniel Fells for 15 yards on third-and-2 and Jackson contributing a 13-yard run and a 13-yard reception.

The Seahawks moved into Rams’ territory on the ensuing series, as Whitehurst scrambled for 7 yards to the Rams’ 46. But RB Marshawn Lynch was then dropped for a 4-yard loss and Whitehurst’s third-down pass to WR Ben Obomanu was incomplete.

The defense came up with a three-and-out effort, however, as Mebane and Balmer teamed up to stop Jackson for no gain on a third-and-1 play from the St. Louis 19.

The Seahawks got a big third-down play on the ensuing series, as Whitehurst passed to WR Ruvell Martin for 16 yards. But LT Russell Okung limped off the field after tweaking his sprained left ankle. That caused Chester Pitts to come in at left guard so Tyler Polumbus could slide out to tackle. Pitts was called for a hold on the next play. The Seahawks couldn’t come up with the 20 yards needed for a first down and punted the ball away.


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