Third quarter

Peephole perspective: Two big gains on screen passes by the Rams, one for a TD. St. Louis 17-3.

Player of the quarter: Steven Jackson. Strained groin? What strained groin? The Rams’ battering-ram of a back showed no signs of his injury in taking a screen pass for 49 yards to set up St. Louis’ second TD.

Play of the quarter: That 49-yarder by Jackson. It got the Rams close enough, and also set up the screen for the TD that followed.

Number of the quarter: 34. It was the uniform number of both players involved in a big defensive play for the Seahawks. Burned by a couple of screen passes for gains 49 and 21 yards early in the quarter, CB Roy Lewis (No. 34) read a screen to RB Kenneth Darby (No. 34) and dropped him for a 2-yard loss.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks got the ball first, but did nothing with it in a three-and-out series. The Rams then screened their way to a 17-3 lead as QB Sam Bradford threw a screen pass to Jackson on the right side for a 49-yard gain to the Seahawks’ 21 and then – on third-and-10 – used a screen pass to the left side to RB Kenneth Darby to get the ball into the end zone.

The Seahawks next series fizzled when Rams MLB James Laurinitias dropped RB Justin Forsett for a 3-yard loss on second down from the Seattle 45 and DE James Hall then beat LT Tyler Polumbus in getting to Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard sack.

The Seattle defense made a couple of plays to thwart the Rams’ ensuing possession. First, DT Junior Siavii chased Bradford out of bounds for no gain on second down and CB Roy Lewis then dropped Darby for a 2-yard loss on a third-down screen pass.

Following another three-and-out by the Seahawks, the defense came up with a big third-down stop as Lewis blitzed to force Bradford into a 12-yard sack by LB Will Herring.


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