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October 29, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Tuesday links: Breaking down an ugly win

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Well, that one just about redefined ugly win.

It’ll take some perusing through the record books to figure out if Seattle has ever won a game with these kinds of stats before, being outgained on the ground 200-34 and getting just seven first downs, and yet still emerging victorious.

ESPN.com, though, has some good numbers here, noting among other things that:

— It was the fewest yards for Seattle in a win since getting 128 in a victory over the Chargers in 2000;

— The Rams still don’t have a rushing touchdown this season;

— Seattle really bucked the odds in winning despite being outgained by more than 200 yards as teams are 291-37 when outgaining their foes by 200 or more yards since 2001.

Due to the way the visiting locker room is situated in St. Louis, the Seattle defenders were in one room and the offensive players in another. And that seemed fitting given that the mood was at least somewhat celebratory on the defensive side, while the offensive side was largely one of resignation that things will have to change quickly if the Seahawks want to achieve their lofty goals this season.

Still, the Seahawks are 7-1 for the first time in franchise history, 14-2 in their last 16 games. And they do indeed keep finding a way — Carolina, Houston, Tennessee all also had the “ugly game” feel to it, as well. But all also finished as wins. For today, Seattle will take it.

Now for some links. ….

— Here’s my game story focusing in part on the final goal-line stand, but also  touching on the Golden Tate TD reception that ultimately won the game (and pictured in a John Lok photo above);

— Here’s the notebook, with items on the running game, Sidney Rice, and more;

— Columnist Larry Stone says the Seahawks got a win full of worries;

Jayson Jenks writes that the Seahawks have major protection issues;

—  Hugh Millen breaks down the goal-line stand;

— St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell says the Rams got too cute at the end;

— The Post-Dispatch writes that the Rams knocked the stuffing out of the Seahawks but just couldn’t convert at the end;

— The Post-Dispatch also notes that Rams’ RB Zac Stacy had a career-high 134 yards against the vaunted Seattle defense;

— You can find all the Post-Dispatch coverage here;

— NFL.com says quarterback play doomed the Rams;

— Here’s the AP recap via USA Today;

— Hare are the AP’s “Five Takeaways” from the game;

— ESPN says the Seattle offensive line has to improve;

— Seahawks.com writes that “somehow, someway” the Seahawks got it done;

— Seahawks.com also offers a Game at a Glance;

— Lots of Rams-focused links from ESPN.com;

— Finally, the Seahawks would  be the No. 2 seed in the NFC if the season ended today.

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