Seahawks keep hopes alive
SEATTLE - Doug Baldwin picked a national stage to remind the rest of the NFL what they passed up in last April’s draft.
Baldwin, an undrafted rookie out of Stanford, blocked a first-quarter punt that was returned by Michael Robinson 17 yards for a touchdown, then caught a 29-yard TD pass from Tarvaris Jackson in the third quarter as the Seattle Seahawks pulled away for a 30-13 win over the staggering St. Louis Rams last night.
Seattle (6-7) won for the fourth time in five games and kept alive its slim hopes for reaching the postseason. The Seahawks likely would need to win out to potentially make the playoffs a reality, but they’re at least back in the conversation after a 2-6 start.
Marshawn Lynch topped 100 yards rushing for the fifth time in the last six games, finishing with 115 on 23 carries. He tied a franchise record by scoring a touchdown in his ninth straight game, on a 16-yard run with 2:57 left to put away Seattle’s 13th win in its last 14 games against the Rams.
Seahawks fans threw bags of Skittles (Lynch’s favorite treat) into the end zone as the running back celebrated his ninth rushing touchdown this season.
Baldwin finished with seven catches for 93 yards and Steven Hauschka was 3 of 4 on field goal attempts for the Seahawks.
Sam Bradford started for St. Louis (2-11) despite a high left ankle sprain that has bothered him for nearly two months and was just 12 of 29 for 193 yards.