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Rams-Seahawks first quarter

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The Seahawks wasted no time moving the ball. Fill-in running back  Maurice Morris ran for seven yards. Fill-in quarterback  Seneca Wallace fired a 12-yard completion to Darrell Jackson. Morris ran for four more yards.

Morris blew through the middle fo the Rams defense for 11 yards on a draw play, with the Rams front four getting caught up field. Then came an 11-yard completion to Deion Branch. Then came an 12-yard run by Morris, with Fakhir Brown making the TD-saving ankle tackle.

The Rams finally responded with a blitz, but Wallace got rid of the ball to Branch for a one-yard gain. Then a pass interference call on Brandon Chillar in the end zone put the Rams into a first-and-goal situation.

An ill-timed illegal substitution penalty on the Seahawks backed them up from Rams 1 to the 6-yard-line. A false-start penalty on third down  backed them up from the Rams 1 to the 6 again, on a running play fullback Mack Strong scored on.

And the Rams took advantage of those blunders when defensive  Leonard Little hammered Wallace -- forcing a fumble that Victor Adeyanju returned 90 yards for a touchdown. So instead of taking a 7-0 lead, the Seahawks fell behind 7-0.

Now THAT is how the Rams enjoyed their 4-1 start. They allowed a bunch of yardage, then made a big defensive play that resulted in points.

The Seahawks responded by moving the ball again, rather easily. They took the path of least resistence -- going right at the reeling Rams defense. Morris  broke off a 20-yard run, blowing past linebacker Will Witherspoon. Then Jackson lost Travis Fisher to make a 30-yard catch and run.

On third-and-four, Wallace  beat  a blitz with a quick pass out to D.J. Hatchett  to move the chains again.  Another  completion, this time to  tight end Jerramy Stevens, moved the ball to Rams 3.  Then came the TD pass to Jackson to get the Seahawks back to square one.

The Seahawks, with 134 yards offense less than 10 minutes into the game, managed to tie the game 7-7.

The Rams finally got the  ball -- on their 40, no less, Seahawks kicker Josh Brown kicked the ball out of bounds instead of kicking it to return specialist J.R. Reed. We assume he slipped, because no kicker in his right mind would kick away from a  Rams return specialist.

Steven Jackson gave the Rams a quick first down with two strong runs. But  on the  third play of the game, Alex Barron had ANOTHER false-start penalty.

Seattle blitzed on first-and-15 and the Rams saw it coming, with Marc Bulger swinging the ball to Jackson for a nice 12-yard gain. Then  Jackson muscled up the middle for another first down.

A nine-yard completion to Jackson moved the Rams into scoring position.  After a false-start  penalty on Todd Steussie, Stephen  Davis made up for it with an eight-yard run.

A fake-end-around, throw-the-the-screen-pass-instead play blew up on the Rams, so they had to settle for Jeff Wilkins' 40-yard field goal and a 10-7 lead at the end of one quarter.        

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