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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson throws under pressure from St. Louis Rams safety Quintin Mikell, right, during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in St. Louis.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson throws under pressure from St. Louis Rams safety Quintin Mikell, right, during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. Photo by The Associated Press.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sidney Rice caught a touchdown pass and drew a pass interference call in the end zone that led to a field goal and the Seattle Seahawks defeated the St. Louis Rams 24-7 on Sunday.

The Seahawks defense also came up with a big game, sacking Sam Bradford five times and forcing him to lose two fumbles that led to touchdowns.

Marshawn Lynch scored for the fourth straight week, although he just missed on a third straight 100-yard game. Chris Clemons had three sacks and came up with both fumbles. The Rams 2-8) totaled 185 yards.

The Seahawks (4-6) won on consecutive weeks for the first time, following up on an upset over Baltimore, and have won 12 of 13 in the series.

Seattle improved to 2-4 on the road in a game notable for sloppy play and 19 punts, including a season-high 10 by the Rams' Donnie Jones.

Bradford frustrated

Sam Bradford slumped in a chair outside his locker stall, still in uniform long after teammates had showered and dressed.

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Rams quarterback Sam Bradford fumbles the ball while being sacked Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons during the third quarter of Sunday’s game in St. Louis. The Seahawks recovered the ball.

Even though there are plenty of reasons for the struggles, the St. Louis Rams' quarterback is taking the team's offensive woes personally.

Bradford was sacked five times, lost two fumbles and threw an interception in the Seattle Seahawks' 24-7 victory on Sunday.

The Rams were held to 185 yards, their second-lowest total of the season and the best effort of the season by the Seahawks.

"I'm beyond frustrated right now," Bradford said. "I've never been on a team that has been in this situation. I don't like it. I hope this is the only time in my career that I'm ever in a situation like this."

Steven Jackson had a tough day, too. Running behind an injury-filled line, Jackson was held to 42 yards on 15 carries to end a run of three straight games of 125 or more yards.

The Rams (2-8) opened without starting tackles with Rodger Saffold (pectoral) and Jason Smith (concussion). Practice squad callup Kevin Hughes was called on to play after fill-in tackle Mark Levoir injured his right shoulder in the first half.

"We just couldn't get it together," Jackson said. "We knew they were pretty good against the run. As the injuries occurred and things went down, we became pretty much isolated to doing certain things."

Wide receiver Sidney Rice completed a 55-yard pass to open the game, caught a touchdown pass and drew a pass interference call to set up a field goal in the first half for Seattle.

Chris Clemons had three of Seattle's five sacks of Bradford and also forced the Rams quarterback to fumble twice, both of which led to touchdowns.

"We did a lot of the things that we talked about as a team that we couldn't do if we wanted to win the game," Bradford said. "So, obviously, we have to take those things into account and not make those mistakes.

"We just have to keep going, keep fighting."

Marshawn Lynch scored for the fourth straight week, although he missed on a third straight 100-yard game, finishing with 88 yards on 27 carries.

The Seahawks (4-6) won on consecutive weeks for the first time, following up on an upset over Baltimore, and have won 12 of 13 in the series.

Seattle improved to 2-4 on the road in a game notable for sloppy play and 19 punts, including a season-high 10 by the Rams' Donnie Jones.

Lynch scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter, five plays after Bradford fumbled at the St. Louis 25, and Justin Forsett broke several tackles on a 22-yarder on third-and-11 to clinch it with 4:21 to go. The play came three plays after Red Bryant intercepted a pass tipped at the line by Brandon Mebane.

With under seven minutes to go in the first quarter, the Rams had two interceptions, a blocked punt and their first touchdown in the opening quarter since Jackson scored on a 47-yard run on St. Louis' first offensive snap of the season against the Eagles.

After that, they couldn't get going. A defense that totaled four sacks kept it close for a while, but the Rams never made it to the red zone and crossed the 50 only three times.

"I thought the defensive guys were battling their butts off," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "It's hard to play defense when you're behind and it's hard to win games when you only score seven points."

Seattle took a 10-7 lead on Steven Hauschka's 19-yard field goal to end the half, one play after Justin King was called for interference in the end zone against Rice.

Rice executed a flea-flicker on the game's first play, hitting Mike Williams in stride with a step on King for a 55-yard gain to the Rams 30. On the next play, Jackson was intercepted by Chris Chamberlain.

The Rams didn't take advantage of that turnover, but Quintin Mikell's pick on the Seahawks' next series set up Brandon Lloyd's 30-yard touchdown catch. Lloyd fell down on his route and then sprang to his feet to catch cornerback Richard Sherman by surprise.

Rice made his second big play on a 14-yard catch that tied it 7-all midway through the second quarter.

The Rams' 10 first-down snaps in the half produced minus-2 yards.

Notes: Rams LB Josh Hull (hamstring) was sidelined early in the first quarter. ... WR Mark Clayton had a fair catch on a punt return for St. Louis after Austin Pettis (knee) was hurt in the second half. ... Former L.A. Rams QB Vince Ferragamo was introduced on the sideline in the first quarter. ... The last Seahawks player to get three sacks was Patrick Kearney Dec. 12, 2007, against Arizona.

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