Seattle's Carroll too late to thwart fake FG

Updated: September 30, 2012, 6:32 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Pete Carroll wanted a timeout to thwart a fake field goal, running onto the field to get the officials' attention after the coaches upstairs detected trickery.

He was too late to stop the biggest of several big plays by St. Louis Rams' special teams.

Rams holder Johnny Hekker threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to decoy Danny Amendola to give St. Louis a lead late in the first half on its way to a 19-13 victory against the Seahawks on Sunday.

"I was calling timeout but they didn't see me," Carroll said. "I was out on the field, I don't know how far, but I was out there running at them. We saw it from upstairs. I didn't do a good enough job of getting in their view, because I was calling time out before the ball was snapped."

Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, setting a club record with a 58-yarder and then topping it with a 60-yarder.

Zuerlein is a perfect 12 for 12 on the year. He also was a perfect decoy on the biggest play of the day.

The Seahawks (2-2) lost six days after beating Green Bay when a botched call by replacement officials on the final play gave them the winning touchdown. Regular officials were back this weekend.

"We still need work," wide receiver Sidney Rice said. "Right now it's not looking too good. We're way better than what we're showing on the field. The way we practice every week, we've got to make that stuff carry over to the field. It's getting kid of depressing now."

Marshawn Lynch led Seattle with 118 yards on 20 carries, including an 18-yard score on the game's first possession.

The Rams (2-2) intercepted Russell Wilson three times, with Bradley Fletcher clinching it with a pick at the Rams 25 with a minute to go.

"It's a disappointing loss," Wilson said. "We felt we should have won that game. We had opportunities. You don't ever want to turn the ball over and me personally had three turnovers and that's never good. You just want to look at the film and see what I can do better and learn from it and move on."

A week after sacking Aaron Rodgers eight times, the Seahawks got to Sam Bradford twice.

Tate had one catch for 7 yards on Sunday after making one of the most memorable sort-of touchdown catch in the history of the NFL against the Packers.

Rice denied there was any hangover from the victory over the Packers.

"Definitely not. We put that behind us Tuesday morning in the meeting," Rice said. "That was the first thing we did, put that game behind us. What we did out here today was reflection on us. It's definitely on us. As an offense, we've got to do much better."

Referee Mike Carey tipped his cap to fans as he walked onto the field, and also shook hands with Carroll and wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The only moment the officials were really noticed was when umpire Chad Brown got some razzing from fans after he slipped and fell while getting into position before the Rams punted out of their end zone in the third quarter.

Bradford was 16 for 30 for 221 yards and an interception. Wilson completed his first seven passes for 78 yards before his first incompletion early in the second quarter. He finished 17 for 25 for 160 yards.


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