Rams vs. Seahawks: Final Game Grades and Player Analysis

Todd PheiferAnalyst IIIDecember 30, 2012

Rams vs. Seahawks: Final Game Grades and Player Analysis

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    The Seattle Seahawks did not play their best football against the St. Louis Rams, but they won 20-13 to finish the season 11-5.

    Seattle used a late touchdown run by Russell Wilson and a victory-sealing interception by Richard Sherman to get by the Rams and head into the playoffs with a perfect home record and a five-game winning streak.

    Let’s take a look at the Seahawks’ final postgame grades and evaluations.

Quarterback

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    Final Grade: A-

    From a production standpoint, Russell Wilson had an excellent game. 

    The rookie quarterback was an efficient 15-for-19, for 250 yards and a touchdown.

    He also ran for 58 yards and a game-winning score.

    Wilson did not play a flawless game, and he was sacked six times. However, it is hard to blame him for all of those sacks since his offensive line did not provide him with a ton a protection.

    In the end, he led a clutch drive that culminated in a victory. That is what you want from your QB.

Running Backs

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    Marshawn Lynch: A-

    Marshawn Lynch put in another day at the office with 100 yards on 18 carries.

    He did not find the end zone, but he was certainly a stabilizing force in the Seattle offense as the bruising running back kept rolling until the very end. 

    You have to deduct a few points for the fumble, but overall Lynch Beast Mode had a very solid afternoon.

    Michael Robinson: A

    Robinson did what he does best. He cleared space for Marshawn Lynch and he was available for some sneaky offensive plays.

    He caught all three balls that were thrown to him, and he scored a touchdown. Great game.

Wide Receivers

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    Sidney Rice: F

    Rice was targeted once and ended the day with zero catches. In addition, he was flagged for an illegal formation play in the fourth quarter.

    Not exactly a solid afternoon.

    Granted, Rice may have been targeted a few more times had Wilson been given a few more seconds to work, but in the end Sidney looks very meager in the box score.

    Golden Tate: A-

    A very solid day for young Mr. Tate, as the acrobatic receiver pulled in three balls for 105 yards. 

    The jury is still out on whether Golden Tate is a long-term solution at wide receiver, but he was Wilson's favorite target against the Rams and he had a couple of nice grabs, including a long 44-yard reception.

Tight Ends

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    Zach Miller: B-

    A fairly decent performance for Zach Miller, though it was nothing particularly special.

    Granted, Miller had a very nice touchdown catch in the first quarter that was taken away by a penalty on the other tight end, Anthony McCoy.

    McCoy had a nice catch himself in the third quarter, but he wiped out an additional big play in the fourth quarter with a penalty.

    An up-and-down day for the tight ends.

Offensive Line

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    Russell Okung: B+

    Solid pass protection. Gave up one sack.

    Paul McQuistan: B+ 

    Provided some nice blocks to spring Marshawn Lynch.

    Max Unger: A-

    Appeared to be a solid game for the Pro Bowl center, but perhaps he could have helped the right side a bit more.

    J.R. Sweezy: C 

    Sweezy struggled against the St. Louis defensive line all day.

    Breno Giacomini: F

    Not a good game for Breno. He surrendered several sacks, and could have given up more.

    Overall, the offensive line did not have a great day. The Rams were hungry, and they were constantly in the backfield. Seattle settled down a bit later in the game, but the right side especially had a tough day.

Defensive Line

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    Against the run: B+

    The Seahawks were very solid against the run, as Red Bryant, Alan Branch and Brandon Mebane were able to clog the middle and hold the Rams to 79 yards rushing.

    Unfortunately, none of those players were able to put consistent pressure on Sam Bradford.

    Pressuring the quarterback: C-

    Chris Clemons was active, but the Seahawks registered zero sacks in this game. Throughout the game, it seemed like Bradford was able to take more and more time to throw.

    Still, the defense was solid overall and did not allow St. Louis to go up and down the field. 

     


Linebackers

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    Malcolm Smith: B-

    Smith did adequately in place of the injured Leroy Hill, though Steven Jackson did run right over him in the third quarter. If Sam Bradford's arm isn't coming forward, Smith has himself a defensive touchdown.

    Bobby Wagner: B-

    Not a big tackling day for Wagner, but generally a good performance. Led the team in tackles. 

    K.J. Wright: B-

    Wright's holding call gave the Rams a first down in the third quarter, but generally speaking Wright played a nice game. Bradford did seem to target the middle of the field quite a bit in this game.

Defensive Backs

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    Richard Sherman: A-

    For the most part, Bradford stayed away from Sherman. Richard did have a holding call in the fourth quarter, but he also came up with an interception to seal the victory.

    Jeremy Lane: C

    Lane got beat a few times as Bradford seemed to target him on slants. He also got flagged for illegal contact in the third quarter. 

    Earl Thomas: A-

    Thomas caught Amendola to save touchdown in second quarter and he had a heads-up safety blitz with 45 seconds remaining to disrupt Bradford.

    Kam Chancellor: A-

    Also a good game for Chancellor, who kept Bradford from trying downfield throws.

Special Teams

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    Steven Hauschka: A

    Two long field goals were the only offense for quite a long time in this game.

    Jon Ryan: A-

    Great punts put St. Louis deep in their own territory throughout the game. Ryan almost put the ball on the one with one of his punts, but the coverage team could not get there.

    Leon Washington: B-

    A mixed performance for Washington. Runbacks was adequate, but nothing particularly special. Early in the fourth quarter he caught a ball deep in the end zone and decided to run it back. He made it to the 15, and probably should have taken a knee.

Coaching

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    Final Grade: B-

    It is always a little hard to know whether team struggles are due to poor play-calling or inadequate performances on the field.

    The offensive line likely caused some of the offensive plays to go awry, though it did seem like Seattle took some time to make adjustments.

    There were a couple of questionable calls, such as handing the ball off to Robert Turbin on a third-and-five.

    In addition, challenging the first down spot and going for an onside kick turned out to be poor decisions.

    Still, the game was won and Seattle executed an excellent final drive.