For the second straight year, the Rams traveled to Seattle in the final regular season game with a chance to notch the team’s first eight-win season since 2006. Also for the second straight year, the Rams came up short offensively, falling 27-9 to the Seahawks on Sunday.
Despite a defensive performance that held the Seahawks to just six offensive points in the first half, the Rams found tough sledding offensively, as they finished the day with 158 total yards.
“We played a real good football team today and didn’t play well,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do to come up here in Week 17 and beat the Seahawks.”
QB Kellen Clemens completed 21 of 30 passes for 157 yards, with one touchdown pass and two interceptions.
The Rams were held to just 13 yards rushing, including 15 yards on 15 carries from RB Zac Stacy, who fell short in his bid to become just the third Rams rookie to rush for 1,000 yards, finishing with 973.
After taking a 13-0 deficit into the half, the Rams registered their first scoring drive on their second offensive possession of the second half, on a 36-yard field goal by K Greg Zuerlein. They capped their scoring on their final offensive possession, with a 2-yard touchdown reception by TE Jared Cook.
The Rams finished at 7-9, marking the first time the team has secured consecutive seasons of seven or more victories since 2003-2004. Despite falling short of the .500 plateau, Fisher remained encouraged by the progress of much of the team’s roster, which entered the season as the youngest in the league, a trajectory that bodes entering the 2014 season.
“I’m encouraged about the guys in that locker room and the guys I haven’t met yet,” Fisher said. “They do everything that’s asked of them and they do it well. We have a lot to look forward to.”
News and Notes
– P Johnny Hekker, fresh off being named to his first Pro Bowl, along with teammate Robert Quinn, entered the game with a net punting average of 43.8. He ended the day with seven punts for 337 yards, according to press box statistics. If official, that would push his net average to 44.2, a new NFL record.
– Quinn collected his 19th sack of the season to increase his own team record. That figure was the most in the NFC, and second in the NFL to Indianapolis’ Robert Mathis, who pickup up two sacks on Sunday to finish with 19.5.
– Cook had five receptions on Sunday to finish the season with a career-high of 51.
– DE Eugene Sims netted the Rams’ 50th sack of the season in the first quarter. The sack gave the Rams their third 50-sack year in the last four seasons, including two in a row.
– With a 14-yard completion to TE Jared Cook on the Rams’ first possession, Clemens surpassed his 2007 passing yard total of 1,529, establishing a new career-high.
– Zuerlein connected on a 36-yard field goal in the third quarter. He finished the year 26-of-28 on field-goal attempts, which ties for the second-most accurate season by a St. Louis Rams kicker. Zuerlein connected on his last 12 attempts, and his 93 percent conversion rate matches Jeff Wilkins’ 2003 season, when he was 39 of 42. Only Wilkins’ 2000 season (17 of 17) was better.
– LB Alec Ogletree was credited with eight total tackles, according to unofficial press box statistics. He entered the game with 144 total stops, which tied James Laurinaitis’ rookie record from 2009.
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