Seattle- After the San Francisco 49ers beat the New Orleans Saints in a thrilling 48-46 victory, the Seattle Seahawks had to get a victory over the Los Angeles Rams to keep their lead in the NFC West, and their first-overall seed in the NFC. On their first possession, the Seahawks had a productive drive as Russell Wilson went 5/6 for 48 yards to get the Seahawks in scoring position. The Rams’ defense stepped up to the challenge as they sacked Wilson on a third-and-short in the redzone to force the Seahawks to kick a 39-yard field goal. The field goal was successful and the Seahawks would lead, 3-0. The Rams answered the quick score with big plays by wide receiver Robert Woods and Tight End Tyler Higbee. Both players combined for 67-yards and running back Malcolm Brown finished the drive off with a one-yard touchdown to make it 7-3.
In the first half, the Seahawks had no answer for Woods. He had four catches for 50-yards, which was important for the Rams because it created big plays down field. Jared Goff was red hot as he drove his team down the field and threw a two-yard touchdown strike to Woods to extend their lead 14-3. On the ensuing possession, the Seahawks offense stalled as they went for a fourth-and-short and did not convert at the Rams’ 30-yard line.
The Seahawks could not put together a productive drive since their first possession, and struggled to find holes in the Rams’ defense. Before the end of the half, the Rams would score a third touchdown as Goff threw a four-yard slant pass to Cooper Kupp, extending the lead 21-3.
On the first possession in the second half, Goff threw an interception to Quandre Diggs, who scored off the turnover. However, the Seahawks missed the extra point to cut the deficit to 21-9. On the ensuing series, Goff threw his second consecutive interception to Diggs at the Seahawks’ three-yard line, and momentum started shifting towards the Seahawks’ sideline. However, the Seahawks failed to take advantage of the turnover. The Seahawks’ defense caught a big break on the next series, as they blocked the Rams’ field goal attempt to get great field position, but again could not get a productive drive out of their offense.
In the fourth quarter, Todd Gurley would put the game away with a six-yard scamper to the endzone to make it 28-9. With seven minutes left in regulation, the Seahawks finally put together a successful drive and kicked a field goal to make the score 28-12. The final score was 28-12. After the loss, the Seahawks are currently the fifth seed, and the 49ers are now the first seed in the NFC.
Wilson went 22/36 for 245 yards and an interception.
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