Rams Fall to Seahawks

Tavon Austin of the Rams returns a kick during a 14-9 loss to Seattle.

Bill Battle

Downtown St. Louis was buzzing Monday night.

Two major sporting events, Monday Night Football, and Game 5 of the World Series, took place just blocks away.

But all was quiet just a few hours later.

While the anticipation was high, it was the visiting teams leaving town with victories as the Seahawks defeated the Rams and the Red Sox topped the Cardinals.

It marked the first time ever that one city hosted a World Series game and a Monday Night Football game on the same night.

It also was the first time the Rams played a Monday Night Football home game since December of 2006 when Chicago visited.

The Rams (3-5) gave the NFC West leading and heavily favored Seahawks (7-1) a run for their money, but couldn’t generate enough offense in a 14-9 loss.

“I’m proud of the way they played. I’m not accepting the loss,” said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “They bounced back and they played hard.”

The game wasn’t decided until the final play.

Facing fourth and goal from the two-yard line with four seconds left, Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens tossed a fade pass in the corner of the end zone to Brian Quick, which fell incomplete.

“We wanted to give Kell options to get the ball out quick. He made the right read and we didn’t make the catch,” Fisher said of the final play.

“It was a good call by Schotty (Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer). He called a play that gave me a lot of options,” Clemens said. “They sold out from a defensive standpoint. They brought everybody and so the best option we had was Quicky.”

St. Louis, the only team in the NFL without a rushing touchdown this season, had first and goal from the six-yard line with under a minute left to play, but couldn’t punch it in.

The Rams’ final drive started at their own three-yard line.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked seven times. He was 10-18 passing for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had only eight carries for 23 yards.

Robert Quinn and Chris Long both registered three sacks.

“We played one of our best defensive games this year. That’s a great football team, as we all know, and we went toe to toe with them,” Quinn said. “I think playing on this Monday night really opened a lot of people’s eyes to what the Rams have got. We just keep building from here, make a few more plays on both sides of the ball, and we’re definitely going to really get this season turned around.”

Still, Wilson was able to connect with Golden Tate on touchdown passes of two and 80 yards, which proved to be the difference.

Rookie running back Zac Stacy gave the offense a spark, rushing for 134 yards on 26 carries.

While Greg Zuerlein did connect for three field goals, he did miss a key 50-yard attempt earlier in the fourth quarter. Had he made it, it would have meant the Rams would have only needed a field goal at the end of the game, instead of a touchdown.

Clemens was 15-31 passing for 158 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Rams outgained the Seahawks, 339-135. Seattle had just seven first downs.

“We are very fortunate to get out of here. I think everyone who watched that one knows that we are very fortunate,” said Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll. “The Rams played a great football game and did a lot of good stuff. They ran the ball down our throat. The time of possession, they just did a fine job under the circumstances with a new quarterback and all. They did a great job.”

With the World Series being played down the street, the announced attendance at the Edward Jones Dome was 55,966, at least 10,000 more than the actual attendance at the game.

“The crowd was awesome. They were great. I thought they came out and they supported us,” Fisher said. “They were loud, created problems for them early. They got to see a great football game.”

The Rams return to home action Sunday against Tennessee (3-4) at noon.