Quarter notes: Fourth

Russell Wilson

In a nutshell: Seahawks 20, Rams 13. The Rams tied the score at 13 with 11:23 left in the quarter on a 25-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to cap an 11-play, 52-yard drive that began at the end of the third quarter. But the Seahawks came back and drove 90 yards in 10 plays to a 1-yard scoring run by Russell Wilson with 1:39 left. The big play was Golden Tate’s leaping catch of a 44-yard pass from Wilson at the Rams’ 29. The Rams drove to the Seahawks’ 29 in the closing seconds, but Richard Sherman intercepted Sam Bradford’s fourth-down pass at the goal line.

Players of the quarter: Tate and Wilson. Before he made his big catch, Tate recovered a Marshawn Lynch fumble on the second play of the drive. Wilson passed and then ran the Seahawks to the winning score.

Play of the quarter: Facing a third-and-5 from their 27-yard line on the game-winning TD drive, Wilson went to Tate, who made a leaping grab over cornerback Trumaine Johnson for a 44-yard gain to the Rams’ 29.

Non-plays of the quarter: Facing a third-and-9 from their 35-yard line, Wilson uncorked a deep pass that Doug Baldwin came down with for a 49-yard gain to the Rams’ 16. But a holding penalty on tight end Anthony McCoy nullified the play, and the Seahawks had to punt. Then, it appeared Chris Clemons came up with a fumble-forcing sack of Bradford and Malcolm Smith returned the ball for a touchdown. But the officials reviewed the play and determined it was an incomplete pass.

Numbers of the quarter: 8 and 0. As in the Seahawks went 8-0 at home for only the third time in franchise history, and first time since 2005, when they made their run to Super Bowl XL.


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