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    Rams finally shut down Seattle's Alexander

    Rams finally shut down Seattle's Alexander
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Saturday, Jan. 08 2005

    SEATTLE - Shaun Alexander has feasted on the Rams this season, with 326 yards
    rushing in two games. But in what could be the running back's last game in
    Seattle, the Rams put the clamps on him Saturday.

    Alexander, scheduled for free agency, was limited to 40 yards in 15 carries by
    the Rams. That's only 2.7 yards a carry - a far cry from the 8 yards a carry he
    gained when the teams met in November.

    The Rams did it with defensive captain Tyoka Jackson sidelined with a sprained
    ankle, and with defensive end Leonard Little's work day limited by a groin

    "I'm so proud of these dudes," Jackson said following the Rams' 27-20
    first-round victory. "These young guys. Tony (Hargrove) playing his first
    playoff game and playing well against who I think is going to be a Hall of Fame
    tackle (Walter Jones). Jimmy Kennedy, not known for his pass rush, he gets the
    biggest sack of the game."

    Kennedy got his first career sack when Seattle was at the doorstep of the Rams'
    end zone in the final minute of play. On first and 10 from the St. Louis 11,
    Kennedy used a swim move to get by Seahawks guard Jerry Wunsch for a 6-yard
    sack of Matt Hasselbeck.

    "It was a big play," Kennedy said. "They could have gone into score, we're
    playing overtime and Hasselbeck is saying, 'We're going to win.'"

    That was a joking reference to Hasselbeck's comments last season on the
    overtime coin toss in a postseason game against Green Bay. Hasselbeck said: "We
    want the ball and we're going to score." Those comments were picked up on the
    referee's microphone and heard by millions.

    The Rams' run defense was no joke Saturday. The Rams allowed nine rushers to
    top 100 yards during the regular season. But the entire Seattle team managed
    only 81 yards and was outgained on the ground by St. Louis, which managed 102.

    "We needed that," Rams safety Adam Archuleta. "They've been gashing us on the
    ground. But, hey, this is playoff football. You've got to stop the run."

    And that was the mind-set entering Qwest Field on Saturday.

    "If they were going to beat us, they were going to beat us passing the ball,"
    Little said.

    Injury update

    Rams running back Steven Jackson suffered bruised ribs late in the first
    quarter, but kept playing.

    "He didn't look like he was running very well," Rams coach Mike Martz said. "He
    was banged up pretty good. He was kind of tippy-toeing in there a little bit.
    He was in a lot of pain. We'll take a look at it and see where he is."

    Offensive guard Tom Nutten and his injured left knee made it all the way to the
    game-winning TD drive in the fourth quarter before giving out. He was replaced
    after two plays on that possession by rookie Larry Turner.

    T. Jackson sits

    Tyoka Jackson was among the seven pregame inactive for the Rams. Jackson, who
    finished fourth on the team in sacks (four) during the regular season, suffered
    a sprained ankle last week.

    With Jackson down, defensive end Erik Flowers dressed for the first time since
    the Rams' 37-17 loss at Buffalo on Nov. 21. Flowers muffed a short kickoff in
    that game, contributing to a disastrous third quarter in which the Rams were
    outscored 20-0.

    Other Rams inactives: RB Arlen Harris (hamstring injury); CB Dwight Anderson;
    FB Nick Burley; OG Darnell Alford; G-C Matt Lehr; and QB Jeff Smoker.

    After sitting out the past seven games, WR Mike Furrey dressed for the first
    time since the Rams last played Seattle - on Nov. 14 at the Edward Jones Dome.
    Furrey received a game ball Saturday for his work on kickoff coverage.

    Among the inactives for Seattle were former Rams DE Grant Wistrom (knee) and CB
    Michael Harden of the University of Missouri.

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    Re: Rams finally shut down Seattle's Alexander

    Shaun was definitely shut down today. Not taking anything away from you guys, but I think he helped shut himself down. This could be his last game in a Seahawks uniform.

    And no offense to Jimmy Kennedy, but Wunsch is a back up who (in my opinion) had no business being on the field with Sean Locklear sitting on the sideline.


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