After leading 6-0 going into the half, the Rams give up 20 unanswered points to the Seattle Seahawks. Exiting the 3rd Qtr it was 6-6 and neither team appeared to have the upper hand. Next we witnessed an exercise in bad luck, poor performance, and utter futility. The 4th Qtr had just started and Rams QB Hill, once again under duress, tosses a pass into the turf to avoid a sack, but instead throws it to a Seattle defensive tackle. Watching live it looked like Hill had momentarily joined the Seattle payroll, but upon further review if was fairly obvious is was an errant attempt at grounding the ball. A few plays later Seattle RB Lynch runs 9 yards up the middle (completely untouched) for a TD.
The Seahawks other score of the 4th quarter came from a ball in and out of the hands of a Rams receiver, finally caught by Seattle defensive secondary (Irwin) and run in for a pick 6. If that wasn’t enough disappointment, on a last ditch effort the Rams drove the field (6:05 remaining in the game) to Seattle’s 6 yard line. Benny Cunningham runs the ball to the 1 yard line where it is knocked out of his hands and out of the end zone. You got it; touch back and it’s Seattle’s ball back on the 20 yard line.
The Rams final drive of the game was simply pouring more salt into the wound. Penalty, sack and loss of 12 yards, and another sack for minus 11 yards. Its 4th and 35 with just more than 2 minutes remaining on the clock. Sadly, you have to go for it. Do me a favor though, if you’ve decided to give up, please don’t take the time to prove it. But of course the Rams did. The next play is a 10-15 yard pass in the middle of the field (why not just punt the ball?) What a heartless effort/ending.
The final score is Rams 6 – Seahawks 20. The Rams fall to 6-10 for the season. A season that showed a lot of promise, left us all wondering about the future. Enjoy the off season Rams fans. Without some significant changes, we’ll not be seeing it anytime soon.