ST. LOUIS — As a former high school quarterback, Johnny Hekker had been waiting for this moment.
Hekker, the St. Louis Rams' rookie punter and holder, threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola on a fake field goal in a 19-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.
"I punted four years at Oregon State and didn't get any touchdown passes, so I have been waiting a long time for that,'' Hekker said. "To get that opportunity is a really special moment. To have a touchdown pass is awesome.''
Hekker, who played quarterback at Bothell (Wash.) High School, completed four passes for 35 yards and two first downs in his career at Oregon State. He was intercepted once, but he never had a touchdown pass.
"He's an athlete and everybody knows it,'' Amendola said. "That's why we have him running that play."
The Rams lined up for a 20-yard field goal attempt with 1:16 left in the third quarter.
Amendola acted like he was going to run off the field, but he stayed on it.
"It actually took a while, so I am surprised that they didn't see me,'' Amendola said. "It's a play where I'm acting like I'm coming off the field, but I never step out of bounds. I just wait until everybody gets set and lined up, and then I just get on the line.''
Nobody on the Seahawks' defense noticed him as he lined up wide right.
However, Seattle coach Pete Carroll was running down the sideline trying to call a timeout when the ball was snapped.
"They didn't detect him at all and I was able to stand up and throw him the ball for a touchdown,'' Hekker said.
Hekker thought he might have overthrown Amendola after he released the pass.
"As soon I released it, I'm like, 'Oh no, don't tell me that I did that,''' Hekker said.
Hekker's lob pass was on the mark.
"It's similar to (quarterback Sam) Bradford's,'' Amendola joked of the ball thrown by Hekker. "It's very efficient for sure.''
Speaking of efficiency, Hekker's quarterback rating was 118.8.
Bradford said he didn't give Hekker any throwing tips before the game.
"I've watched him play catch before practice,'' Bradford said. "He didn't really need any tips. He's a natural.''
A flag was thrown on the play, but the officials waved it off after a discussion.
"They are going to just to conference,''' Rams coach Jeff Fisher said of the flag. "They were made aware of the play before the game, and (referee) Mike (Carey) was aware of it. He's going to do it so they are absolutely sure that No. 16 (Amendola) was in the game on the previous play.''
Fisher said the fake field goal actually carries minimal risk in that situation.
"There is nothing negative associated with that play,'' Fisher said. "If they see him and they go out and cover him, you take the delay (of game penalty) and go kick the field goal.''
Rookies make their mark
Rookie defensive tackle Michael Brockers made his NFL debut and rookie wide receiver Brian Quick caught his first NFL pass.
Brockers, a first-round selection in the 2012 NFL draft, missed the Rams' first three games due to a high ankle sprain.
Brockers left the game briefly in the first quarter after hurting his ankle, but he returned to action.
Quick, the first pick of the second round in the 2012 NFL draft, failed to get both feet in bounds on a sideline pass in the first quarter.
He made amends by making a 19-yard reception on third-and-10 to keep alive the drive that ended with the touchdown off the fake field goal.
Several other rookies made big contributions in the game, including kicker Greg Zuerlein, Hekker, cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson and wide receiver Chris Givens.
"We brought them here to help us win, and that's what they are doing,'' Fisher said.
The Rams' inactives were: Running back Isaiah Pead, wide receiver Steve Smith, offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, safety Matthew Daniels, defensive tackles Matthew Conrath and Jemelle Cudjo and quarterback Austin Davis.
* The last time the Rams converted a fake field goal attempt was against Detroit on Nov. 1, 2009, when kicker Josh Brown threw a 36-yard pass to tight end Daniel Fells.
* Defensive end Robert Quinn notched his third sack of the season when he took down Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson for an 8-yard loss on a third down play in the fourth quarter.
* Former Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (2003-08) received a loud ovation when he was introduced in the first quarter.
* Roxana High School Performing Arts students sang the National Anthem.
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