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Rams 'knew' Marshawn Lynch would get ball at end

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A "miskick" highlighted the Seattle Seahawks' topsy-turvy opening week loss to the St. Louis Rams, but Marshawn Lynch getting stuffed short on fourth-and-1 in overtime was the exclamation point.

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The parallels between Sunday's situation and the goal-line interception in Super Bowl XLIX were unmistakable.

Not only from an outsiders perspective -- where narratives reign supreme -- but Rams players said they knew that the Seahawks would run the ball with Lynch on fourth-and-short after the heat coach Pete Carroll and coordinator Darrell Bevell took the past seven months for their decision to throw in the Super Bowl.

"It's fourth down, who (else) are they going to go to?" Michael Brockers said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I think they kind of know what happens when you don't give Lynch the ball, so we knew it was going to him."

Brockers led the Rams' charge with Aaron Donald, penetrating deep into the Seahawks backfield to seal the Rams victory.

Throwing would have taken huge cojones from Carroll, which Brockers apparently didn't believe he had.

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