Holmgren, at halftime, told the Seahawks special teams he needed a good return to start the third quarter. He got what he wanted.
Nate Burleson took the second-half's opening kick 91 yards for a touchdown, the first since Maurice Morris scored on a 97-yarder against the Rams on Oct. 20, 2002.
"Now that's good coaching right there," Holmgren said, causing laughter from the assembled media.
Burleson, who burned the Rams last year on a 90-yard punt return for a TD, got his first career kickoff return and third career return touchdown.
"Whatever coach says you've to try to adhere to it and try to make a play," Burleson said.
Burleson smiled as he said it, just one of several the smiles the special teams had on the day. One week after a disastrous performance against the New Orleans Saints, the special teams played flawlessly.
Long-snapper Boone Stutz had nary a problem after flubbing his first snap against the Saints. And the field goal team, which had allowed a block last week, gave Josh Brown plenty of time to convert all four of his attempts.
"They were not close all day," said Brown, who equaled his career-high for most field goals in a game. "We had great snaps, we had good holds… We were really smooth."
The smoothest part was Burleson, who had the fifth-longest kickoff return in team history. He credited his blockers for allowing him to get free but he helped his own cause when he stiff-armed Jonathan Wade's desperate last attempt at a tackle.
"Luckily my stiff arm worked that time," Burleson said. "There were a few times where it shoved back into me, so I'm going to keep doing those bicep curls."