September 1976

Seahawks damaged hopes with key penalties
The Spokesman-Review

Losing to the Los Angeles Rams isn't so surprising. Almost everybody does. Saturday night, the Seattle Seahawks did, too.

But what the scrappy, never-say-die Seahawks didn't anticipate was getting beat by the Rams while beating themselves.

"This is the third game that we've played together," said Seattle's disheartened coach, Jack Patera, following the Rams' 16-13 National Football League exhibition victory over the expansion Seahawks before a Kingdome crowd of 62,532.

"We're making those mistakes, the errors, that I don't know how long it's going to take to correct. But I think the first five times we had the ball in the first half we stopped ourselves with penalties of some type."

Twice in the first half, which ended with the unbeaten Rams ahead 9-0 on three Tom Dempsey field goals, the winless Seahawks beat themselves out of scoring opportunities.

Seattle, now 0-3, marched 46 yards on its first possession to the Rams 32. A motion penalty on first down proved costly and four plays later rookie Don Bitterlich's 48-yard field goal attempt was low and short.

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