SEATTLE (AP) - Matt Hasselbeck, playing his first game since Thanksgiving Day, overcame two interceptions in his first three throws Sunday to connect with John Carlson for two touchdowns in Seattle's 28-0 romp past St. Louis.
The Seahawks took advantage of a rare use of instant replay to cruise over the sloppy, undisciplined Rams.
Hasselbeck finished 25 of 36 for 279 yards passing, his most for an opener. Seattle beat its division rival for the ninth consecutive time with its biggest win to begin a season since a 38-0 victory over Philadelphia in 1998.
Under new coach Steve Spagnuolo, the Rams gained just 247 yards in a flop that looked alarmingly like their 38-3 loss against Philadelphia that opened last season. The Rams were also doomed by 10 penalties - two personal fouls after plays by volatile offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
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