Seahawks stand firm to hold off battering Rams
(Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks made a last-second defensive stand at the goal line to produce a 14-9 victory against the St. Louis Rams on Monday in a tough road test for the NFC leaders.
St. Louis had driven the length of the field on the game's final possession and had two chances to score from Seattle's one-yard line but the Seahawks' defense stopped a running play and then forced an incompletion as time expired.
"We needed 97 yards and got 96," St. Louis quarterback Kellen Clemens told reporters after starting the last drive on his own three-yard line.
"They scored two touchdowns and we had three field goals. That's the difference in the game."
It was the third successive victory for Seattle (7-1), who regained a half-game edge over New Orleans (6-1) atop the NFC despite being outplayed by the Rams.
St. Louis (3-5) held the ball for more than 38 of the game's 60 minutes and had 339 net offensive yards to the Seahawks' 135 but could not find a way into the endzone.
Seattle's Russell Wilson tossed a touchdown pass in the second quarter for a 7-3 lead and put the visitors 14-6 ahead on an 80-yard strike to Golden Tate in the third.
The Rams kept moving the ball, but could only manage three field goals from Greg Zuerlein, the last coming with 12:51 remaining in the game.
Clemens, playing in place of Sam Bradford, who tore his ACL last week, completed only 15-of-31 passes and had two interceptions. Continued...