Bradford Has Big Game In Rams Win

ST. LOUIS — Through the first four games of his NFL career, St. Louis Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford hasn't made many mistakes. But the No. 1 overall pick showed he is human on Sunday.

Bradford and the Rams got the ball back with 4 minutes and 21 seconds remaining in the second quarter following a Bradley Fletcher interception of a Matt Hasselbeck pass that Fletcher returned to the 2-yard line.

After a 1-yard run by running back Steven Jackson, Bradford tried to force a throw into coverage that was intercepted by Seattle Seahawks outstanding rookie safety Earl Thomas.

In the post-game press conference with Bradford, following the Rams impressive 20-3 victory for their second win of the season, the rookie was able to make fun of himself a little bit when he was asked what happened with that interception. <>p "Bad play. Bad throw. Bad read," Bradford said. "Pretty much everything a quarterback can do bad I pretty much did it on that play right there. I think I probably got a little excited. We wanted to put points up, wanted to go up 14-3 in that situation. I need to understand that it's not worth forcing anything down there. I should have thrown that ball away and got us to the next down."

The second quarter interception was one of the few mistakes the University of Oklahoma product made on Sunday afternoon in what turned out to be the rookie's best game of the young season.

Bradford completed 23 of 41 passes for 289 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, for a quarterback rating of 84.3. He rushed two times for eight yards and accounted for 297 yards of total offense.

Sunday's victory, which put the Rams at 2-2 after going 1-15 a year ago, served as another strong example of Bradford being the right guy for the St. Louis Rams rebuilding project — an undertaking that feels like it is well ahead of schedule thanks to 2008 Heisman Trophy winner.

"Sam is exceptional, very exceptional," wide receiver Mark Clayton said. "I had a chance to be with Joe Flacco his rookie year. To see where Sam is right now, man, it's amazing. They ask a lot of him and he takes it in stride. He can bear it on his shoulders. He goes out on the field and he leads us. He gets us into plays that he wants, that he thinks is best. That's so impressive for a rookie."

In four regular season games Bradford has completed 58.2 percent of his passes (92 of 158) for 944 yards, with six touchdowns and six interceptions, and has a quarterback rating of 72.3.


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