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Seahawks 14, Rams 9

Seahawks hold off gritty Rams

ST. LOUIS — The Seattle Seahawks completed a lousy night for St. Louis sports fans.

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Golden Tate, and the Seahawks made a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute to preserve a 14-9 victory over the Rams on Monday night — less than an hour after the Cardinals lost in the World Series just up the street.

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The Seahawks (7-1), riding the best start in franchise history, were clinging to the lead when they were forced to punt with just over five minutes left in the game.

They managed to pin St. Louis at its 3-yard line, but Kellen Clemens — starting at quarterback in place of the injured Sam Bradford — calmly marched the Rams (3-5) to the Seattle 1 as time wound down. Daryl Richardson was stuffed on third down and Clemens threw a fade incomplete in the corner of the end zone on fourth down as time expired.

The Seahawks won despite gaining just 135 yards of total offense, 80 of it on Wilson’s second TD pass to Tate, the third-fewest yards in a victory in franchise history. Wilson was sacked a career-high seven times by the Rams defense.

Clemens finished with 158 yards passing, but he also threw two interceptions, one of them to Richard Sherman. Zac Stacy ran for a career-high 134 yards.

Greg Zuerlein staked St. Louis to an early lead with his first of three field goals, but Sherman’s pick put the Seahawks in business. Seattle took advantage of his fourth interception of the season by scoring six players later, when Wilson hit Tate from the 2-yard line.

Zuerlein got the Rams within 7-6 late in the third quarter, but the Seahawks answered.

Two plays later, Wilson went deep down the sideline to Tate, who made an acrobatic leaping catch over Janoris Jenkins. Tate regained his balance and then mockingly waved at safety Rodney McLeod as he ran to the end zone, earning an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.

The Rams stayed in the game largely thanks to their defense, which took advantage of the Seahawks missing starting offensive tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini due to injuries.

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