Seattle takes control of race in NFC West

Seahawks 31 Rams 16

Nfl Gameday

Week 10

November 14, 2005

SEATTLE -- The NFC West race might have ended yesterday.

Seattle's Shaun Alexander romped again, this time for 165 yards on a season-high 33 carries and three touchdowns, and the Seahawks beat the mistake-prone St. Louis Rams, 31-16, at Qwest Field.

The Seahawks (7-2) turned St. Louis' botched fake field-goal attempt in the second quarter into a 24-3 scoring run. They have a three-game division lead on second-place St. Louis, which had won two straight to resuscitate its season. Essentially, that is a four-game bulge with seven regular-season games remaining because Seattle has swept St. Louis after losing the previous four to the Rams (4-5).

Seattle has won five straight overall for the first time since 1999.

Despite many misplays, the Rams closed to 24-16 with seven minutes left. Quarterback Marc Bulger's 14-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass through the mist found Torry Holt, playing his first game in four weeks after being sidelined by strained knee ligaments. Bulger was also playing for the first time in four weeks, coming off a strained shoulder. But then Alexander and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck each converted third-and-one runs. Seattle ran six straight times, then converted two more first downs before Alexander dashed 17 yards for his third score with 1:12 left.

St. Louis 3 0 6 7--16

Seattle 0 10 14 7--31

First quarter StL--FG Wilkins 31, 9:50.

Second quarter Sea--Alexander 6 run (J.Brown kick), 8:45. Sea--FG J.Brown 31, :15.

Third quarter StL--FG Wilkins 36, 12:22. Sea--Alexander 4 run (J.Brown kick), 9:20. Sea--Hackett 31 pass from Hasselbeck (J.Brown kick), 4:59. StL--FG Wilkins 39, :40.

Fourth quarter StL--Holt 14 pass from Bulger (Wilkins kick), 7:00. Sea--Alexander 17 run (J.Brown kick), 1:12. A--67,192.

StL Sea

First downs 22 21

Total Net Yards 353 417

Rushes-yards 21-75 36-174

Passing 278 243

Punt Returns 2-16 1-19

Kickoff Returns 6-112 5-114

Interceptions Ret. 2-49 1-4

Comp-Att-Int 28-40-1 17-29-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-26 0-0

Punts 2-41.5 3-39.7

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0

Penalties-Yards 8-49 3-69

Time of Possession 30:47 29:13

Rushing--St. Louis, S.Jackson 17-70, Bulger 2-9, M.Faulk 1-0, Wilkins 1-(minus 4). Seattle, Alexander 33-165, Strong 2-7, Hasselbeck 1-2.

Passing--St. Louis, Bulger 28-40-1-304. Seattle, Hasselbeck 17-29-2-243.

Receiving--St. Louis, Curtis 6-51, M.Faulk 5-54, S.Jackson 5-45, Holt 4-45, Manumaleuna 3-51, McDonald 2-26, Bruce 1-16, Looker 1-12, Cleeland 1-4. Seattle, Engram 6-70, Stevens 4-49, Jurevicius 3-27, Hackett 2-78, Hannam 1-10, Alexander 1-9.

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