Seahawks Vs. Rams: Seattle Takes NFC West Crown With 16-6 Win Over St. Louis

The Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams hit the field on Sunday with the NFC West playoff spot up for grabs. Check out all the action at 5:20 p.m. on NBC.

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Rams Vs. Seahawks: Charlie Whitehurst Leads Seattle To NFC West Title

In the last game of the last week of the 2010 NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks used a career backup quarterback to clinch the NFC West with a win over the St. Louis Rams. Charlie Whitehurst, starting in place of the injured starter Matt Hasselbeck, managed the game as well as could be expected, leading the Seahawks to a crucial win over the Rams. Whitehurst never turned the ball over and drew first blood, finding Mike Williams for the only score of the game. The defense did the rest.

Whitehurst finished the game with 192 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, playing mistake-free football and keeping the Seahawks in the game. Marshawn Lynch got stronger down the stretch after nearly fumbling the game away, rushing for 75 yards on 20 carries. Ruvell Martin, a former practice squad player, led the Seahawks with three catches for 85 yards.

Sam Bradford got almost no help from his receivers throughout the game and made a critical mistake that broke the Rams down the stretch. Though he did throw for 155 yards, Bradford had one crucial interception in the fourth quarter as Seattle linebacker Will Herring slide underneath a throw to pick Bradford off. Steven Jackson added 11 carries for 45 yards on the ground and added four catches for 39 yards.

The Seahawks, at 7-9, are your NFC West champion. They will be the first team to make the playoffs with a losing record, but it doesn’t matter in Seattle tonight. The Seahawks will host the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday at Qwest Field.

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Seahawks Vs. Rams: Seattle Strikes First On Sunday Night Football

With the NFL Playoffs hanging in the balance, the Seattle Seahawks took the ball first on Sunday Night Football and immediately put together a drive. Just before kickoff, head coach Pete Carroll announced Charlie Whitehurst would be the starter and boy did Whitehurst respond. A perfect 5-5 drive by Whitehurst got the Seahawks going fast as the Qwest Field crowd erupted.

Whitehurst hit Ruvell Martin on a bomb on the second play from scrimmage after a quick swing pass going Whitehurst into the flow of the game. It was Whitehurst again to cap the drive as he rolled right and threw back to Mike Williams for the touchdown. Whitehurst finished 5-5 for 85 yards and a touchdown after the Seahawks took a holding penalty on the opening kickoff, negating a nice run-back by Leon Washington.

In the first quarter, the Seahawks lead the Rams, 7-0 with the final spot in the NFL Playoffs hanging in the balance.

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Matt Hasselbeck Active For Seattle Seahawks

As if it’s any surprise, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is active for today’s NFC West showdown against the St. Louis Rams. Hasselbeck has been dealing with an injured oblique, sustained during last Sunday’s loss. Hasselbeck scrambled for the end zone, injuring his oblique as he waltzed into the end zone untouched.

Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst took the snaps with the first team offense and spent the week preparing to be the starter. However, word from Qwest Field ahead of tonight’s game is that Hasselbeck appears to be ready to go and likely will start for the Seahawks. Although Whitehurst prepared as if he would start, it’s no surprise at all that Hasselbeck would retake control of the Seattle offense in the biggest game of the year.

The Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams hit the field with the NFC West on the line tonight at 5:20 p.m. The game will be televised by NBC nationally.

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