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Special teams big for Rams, who hold off Seahawks 28-26 for first home win

  • St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey, left, is congratulated by teammates after running a punt back 90 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey, left, is congratulated by teammates after running a punt back 90 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey, right, runs past Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, left, on his way to returning a punt 90 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey, right, runs past Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, left, on his way to returning a punt 90 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) runs for an 8-yard gain as Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mike Morgan, left, defends during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

    St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) runs for an 8-yard gain as Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mike Morgan, left, defends during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)  (The Associated Press)

Punter Johnny Hekker's pass from the St. Louis 18 caught the Seattle Seahawks by surprise for the last of three big plays by Rams special teams in a 28-26 victory over the defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday.

Stedman Bailey had a 90-yard touchdown on a trick return that fooled the Seahawks into thinking another player was going to catch the punt, and Benny Cunningham's 75-yard kickoff return set up an early touchdown for the Rams (2-4).

Russell Wilson rushed for 106 yards on seven carries and also passed for two touchdowns while going 23 for 36 for 313 yards.

The Seahawks (3-3) dominated statistically, outgaining the Rams 463-272. Doug Baldwin's' 9-yard reception cut the deficit to two with 3:18 to go, but the Rams were able to run out the clock after Hekker's completion to Cunningham.

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