ST. LOUIS - Just 1 yard from the end zone, a win for the St. Louis Rams slipped through Gus Frerotte's fingers.
The backup quarterback fumbled the snap on fourth-and-goal from the Seattle 1 with 27 seconds left yesterday, allowing the Seahawks to hold on for a 24-19 victory.
Frerotte picked up the loose ball, but was tackled at the 5, ending a last-ditch scoring attempt and the Rams' modest two-game winning streak after an 0-8 start. The Seahawks have won six straight against St. Louis, and the Rams, dominant in recent seasons at home, are 0-5 at the Edward Jones Dome this season.
"We were fortunate today," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. "I don't think we played our best football."
Seattle (7-4) won its third straight by rallying for 17 unanswered second-half points after falling behind, 19-7. The Seahawks travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles on Sunday.
The Rams (2-9) had one last chance when Josh Brown missed a 52-yard field goal with 2:44 to go. Then, St. Louis took over at its own 42 and drove to the 4 with just over a minute to play.
Frerotte, playing after starter Marc Bulger left with a concussion in the first quarter, missed a wide-open Isaac Bruce on first down, then threw a 2-yard pass to Drew Bennett. On third down, Steven Jackson ran to the 1, setting up the doomed final play.
Matt Hassselbeck was 21-for-38 for 249 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Seahawks.
Frerotte was 20-for-32 for 161 yards and one interception, and threw a 15-yard first-quarter touchdown pass to Bruce. Jackson carried 23 times for 90 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. *