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Final Drive Falls Short in Loss to Seattle on Monday Night

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Facing a 14-9 deficit with less than six minutes remaining and their worst starting field position of the evening, the Rams put together their longest drive of the evening.

It came up just short.

“We needed 97 yards and got 96,” QB Kellen Clemens said.

On 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line, Clemens’ last-play pass toward the corner of the end zone sailed over the head of WR Brian Quick, sending the Rams to their second home loss of the year.

The loss came despite a career-best performance from rookie running back Zac Stacy, as well as what was arguably the team’s best defensive performance of the year.

Stacy, who entered Monday with a career-high of 79 yards, nearly matched that total in the first half against Seattle, piling up 76 yards on 13 carries. He finished the evening with a career-best 134 yards on 26 carries, the most by a Rams rookie since Steven Jackson gained 148 on December 27, 2004. The Rams totaled 200 yards rushing on 37 carries, the first time a Rams team eclipsed the 200-yard plateau on the ground since the 2008 season finale in Atlanta.

In his first start since 2011, Clemens completed 15 of 31 passes for 158 yards, including three for five for 47 yards on the final drive.

“I thought he managed the game pretty well,” Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said of his quarterback. “It wasn’t easy for him. It was the second-rated defense in the National Football League, and he took us to the last play of the game, so I’m proud of his effort.”

Defensively, the Rams created pressure throughout the evening, and established a season-high by sacking Seahawks QB Russell Wilson seven times. Defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn each finished with three sacks on the evening, according to press box statistics.

The strong defensive showing was not limited to the passing game, however. Facing the league’s second-ranked rushing attack, the Rams held Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch to his lowest total on the ground in more than two years. Lynch carried eight times for 23 yards, his fewest since gaining 11 on six rushing attempts against Pittsburgh on Sept. 18, 2011.

“On defense, for the first time this year, we finally looked like us,” Long said. “Our coaches made some great adjustments in the run game, scheme-wise, and guys answered the bell. We ran the ball well, we stopped the run, but we were just a bit short.”

Game notes:

-Rams DE Robert Quinn collected three first-half sacks to push his NFC-leading season total to 10. DE Chris Long also recorded three sacks, marking his third career three-sack game. The Rams established a season-high with seven sacks on Monday.

-Zac Stacy eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time in his career, finishing with 134. Six of Stacy’s 26 rushing attempts went for 10 yards or more.

-K Greg Zuerlein connected on field goals of 27, 28, and 33 yards. His first missed attempt of the year was from 50 yards in the fourth quarter. Before that miss, Zuerlein had connected on his first 14 attempts of the season.

-The Rams outgained Seattle 339-135 for the evening, which included holding Seattle to -1 yards of offense in the first quarter.

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