ST. LOUIS — Rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein broke the St. Louis Rams' record for longest field goal -- twice.
Zuerlein kicked four field goals, including a club-record 58-yarder in the first quarter and then a 60-yarder in the third quarter, as the Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 19-13 Sunday.
The Rams' previous record for longest field goal was a 57-yarder by Jeff Wilkins against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 27, 1998.
"It says more about the coaching staff than it says about me,'' Zuerlein said of breaking Wilkins' 14-year-old record. "A lot of kickers in the NFL can kick from those distances and make them. It just depends on the faith the coaches have.
"If 'Wilkie' would have had that chance, I bet he would have made it as well.''
Asked how he's earned the confidence of the Rams' coaching staff so fast, Zuerlein said, "Maybe they're gutsy.''
The NFL record for longest field is 63 yards, and it's held by four kickers. Zuerlein's 60-yarder is the longest in NFL history by a rookie kicker.
"He said one day he kicked a 75-yarder, so that was a short one for him,'' Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola said.
It was a banner afternoon for the Rams' field goal unit as it scored all 19 points, including successfully executing a fake punt for the go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter.
The Rams lined up for a 20-yard field goal attempt late in the second quarter, but holder Johnny Hekker, the team's punter, surprised the Seahawks by throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Amendola.
The Seahawks tried to get revenge on the Rams with an onside kick to start the second half, but linebacker Josh Hull recovered the loose ball.
Even though the Rams were unable to move the ball, the good field position led to Zuerlein's 60-yarder.
"I was on the head set and I said, 'Field goal,' and somebody said, 'Field goal?''' Fisher said of going for the 60-yarder. "I said, 'Yeah, it's only 60. It's well within his range.''
Zuerlein's performance created such a buzz among the 53,193 fans at the Edward Jones Dome that Fisher actually was booed when he sent out his punt team later in the third quarter instead of attempting a 65-yard field goal.
"That was more of a field position deal trying to win the game,'' Fisher said.
Zuerlein said he wouldn't have minded getting a shot at the NFL record.
"I would like to kick it every time, but that's just me,'' Zuerlein said.
Zuerlein now is 12-for-12 on field-goal attempts this season.
"Right now, our kicker is the MVP of the season,'' Rams running back Steven Jackson said. "He's doing a great job. Pretty much all we have to do is get across the 50-yard line and we're within his range.''
The Rams improved to 2-2, while the Seahawks fell to 2-2.
The Rams are 2-0 at home after going 1-7 at home last year.
"We can boast a little bit about making this a hard place to play because we're 2-0 here in the regular season, which is a credit to our fans,'' Fisher said.
The Seahawks received the opening kickoff and promptly marched 80 yards on eight plays for a touchdown.
Marshawn Lynch, who had 28 carries for 118 yards, capped the drive with an 18-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Sam Bradford threw a 52-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Chris Givens on the final play of the first quarter to move the Rams into Seahawks territory.
The drive ended when Bradford was intercepted by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on the second play of the second quarter.
Zuerlein kicked a 48-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
The Seahawks cut the Rams' lead to 16-13 after Steven Hauschka connected on field goals of 31 and 20 yards.
Zuerlein kicked a 24-yard field goal with 6:10 left in the fourth quarter to put the Rams up 19-13.
The Seahawks began their final drive with 3:09 left and moved into St. Louis territory before Bradley Fletcher intercepted a pass by Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson with one minute left after intended receiver Anthony McCoy slipped and fell.
Fletcher didn't try to advance the ball. He dropped to his knees and cradled the ball.
"He's a real smart young man and a good player,'' Fisher said of Fletcher, who missed the final 12 games last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. "It's a testament to him to go through what he went through last year and come back. We were told earlier in the offseason that he might not be ready until the middle part of the season. Well, he was ready today. He made a huge play for us.''
The Rams intercepted Wilson three times. Rocky McIntosh and rookie Trumaine Johnson also picked off passes.
Bradford completed 16 of 30 passes for 221 yards. He was intercepted once and sacked only twice by a Seattle defense that had eight sacks against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.
The Rams have a short week of preparation to get ready for their game against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night at the Edward Jones Dome.
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