Just when it looked like the Seattle Seahawks would get the ball back with plenty of time to drive for a field goal that would give the lead, and possibly the game, Johnny Hekker and the St. Louis Rams pulled off a fake punt.
Hekker, a Pro Bowl punter for the Rams, completed an 18-yard pass from deep in St. Louis territory to keep St. Louis’ drive alive.
Not only did the call catch the Seahawks off guard, it caught the Rams as well — until special teams captain Chase Reynolds said, “Yeah, it’s real! Let’s do it!”
“We’re so prepared, it’s scary,” Hekker said. “There was no off call. It was go time. We were ready.”
The Rams were able to run out the clock and take a 28-26 win over the Super Bowl champs.
Hekker had three punts for an average of 51 yards in addition to his 1-for-1 passing performance.
Here’s how some other former Beavers fared this weekend:
New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis had an interception and three tackles in a tough 24-23 loss at Detroit.
Teammate Brandin Cooks caught two passes for 23 yards and and had one punt return for 15 yards in the loss.
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson was 5-for-8 passing for 43 yards and one touchdown in relief of Cam Newton in a 38-17 loss at Green Bay.
Defensive lineman Dwan Edwards had two tackles and an assist in the loss.
Cornerback James Dockery one one special teams tackle for the Panthers.
Atlanta running backs Steve Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers played in the Falcons’ 29-7 loss at Baltimore.
Jackson had 22 yards on eight carries and one catch for three yards.
Rodgers had two carries for nine yards and one catch for three yards.
Chicago defensive lineman Stephen Paea started and had one tackle and one assist in a 27-14 loss to Miami.
Cleveland cornerback Jordan Poyer had two punt returns for 6 yards and added a tackle in the Browns’ 24-6 loss at Jacksonville.
Pittsburgh receiver Markus Wheaton was targeted twice but did not have a catch in the Steelers' 30-23 win over Houston on Monday night.