That stings. The Seattle Seahawks (2-3) took the Los Angeles Rams (5-0) the distance. but Jared Goff and Todd Gurley were just too much, as they overcame a 31-24 deficit in the 4th quarter and eked past the Seahawks 33-31. It pretty much ends the NFC West for all intents and purposes, but it was no doubt a spirited effort by an undermanned defense and an offense that carved up the Rams defense on the ground, and hit a few big plays through the air. Unfortunately, Chris Carson’s fantastic day and David Moore’s two-TD performance was all for naught.
Despite a good kick return to their own 45, the Rams went three-and-out thanks to a superb strip-sack by Frank Clark on Jared Goff. Unsurprisingly, the Seahawks responded with a three-and-out. Unfortunately, Michael Dickson had a punt blocked and returned to the Seahawks 13. The Seahawks defense mad a heroic stand as Tre Flowers broke up an end zone pass and Frank Clark picked it off in the end zone and returned it to the 25. The first career INT for #55. Todd Gurley was the intended receiver.
Seattle went to work on offense, showing great balance and some classic Russell Wilson improvisation, as he pitched the ball forward to Nick Vannett for 30 yards all the way inside the Rams 20. Vannett held on the next play, but the Seahawks ran it down the Rams’ throats and dug themselves out of a 1st and 20 hole. Mike Davis capped off a 9-play, 74-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown plunge. 7-0 Seahawks.
Yet another big kick return gave the Rams great field position. Cooper Kupp began the Rams’ third offensive possession by getting free for 27 yards. Todd Gurley got a big catch-and-run and two plays later he was across the goal-line. 7-7.
Apart from a stupid personal foul penalty by Troy Hill, the Seahawks offense didn’t conjure up much of a response, and Wilson was lucky not to throw a pick-six to Sam Shields on 3rd and 3.
Faced with 3rd and 5, Robert Woods schooled Shaquill Griffin for 31 yards, then Cooper Kupp got free for 25 yards, tack-on 15 yards after a Quinton Jefferson personal foul. Todd Gurley appeared to score on a pop pass two plays later, but it was overturned, and Gurley was stuffed on the ensuing 3rd and goal from inches away. Cairo Santos kicked a field goal from 19 yards out. 10-7 Rams.
Tyler Lockett got the crowd pumped by taking a short kickoff to midfield. He would be the recipient of a 39-yard touchdown strike from Wilson off of play-action, as Marcus Peters was miles behind #16. Fourth TD of the year for Lockett. 14-10 Seahawks.
You knew it wouldn’t be that easy, though. Cooper Kupp had an easy touchdown off play-action to cap off an 8-play, 70-yard drive that saw Goff fortunate on a deflected catch-turned-first down for Tyler Higbee, and a dropped interception by Tedric Thompson. 17-14 Rams.
A critical third-down conversion to Tyler Lockett helped put the Seahawks in field goal range on an 8-play, 27-yard drive, as Sebastian Janikowski tied the game up. 17-17.
Brandin Cooks took an enormous hit from Tedric Thompson that had Cooks knocked out momentarily. It was a catch and fumble recovered by the Seahawks, but a penalty for defensive holding negated it all. Cooks walked off in a woozy state while Thompson remained in the game. The Rams marched down the field with ease for a field goal attempt for Cairo Santos, then were driven out of it after a false start and then Jared Goff with an unforced fumble trying to throw. After a delay of game, Goff threw a Hail Mary that was picked off by Tedric Thompson to end the half.
On 3rd and 3 of the opening possession of the 2nd half, Mike Davis broke free for 37 yards, with Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett helping with downfield blocking. Chris Carson dodged a certain loss on the ensuing 3rd and 1 and turned it into a drive-extending first down. Carson set up 1st and goal with a play-action catch underneath to the Rams’ 6. On a terrific extending of a seemingly dead play, Russell Wilson found David Moore in the back of the end zone for his first career touchdown. Officials determined that Moore did not step out of bounds beforehand. What a play! 24-17 Seahawks.
The Rams, even without Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, still just carved up the Seahawks defense and found themselves at the 1-yard line fairly quickly. After Todd Gurley was stuffed for a loss of three on 1st down, he gained two yards back on 2nd down. He wouldn’t be denied the third time. 24-24.
Seattle continued to run at will on the Rams and with success. Chris Carson burst through the defense with a 21-yard scamper on 3rd and 1 and into Rams territory. On 3rd down and 6, Russell Wilson found David Moore on a double move wide open for his second touchdown. Marcus Peters again burnt to a crisp. 30 yards! 31-24 Seahawks.
It took only one play for the Rams to deep into Seahawks territory, as Robert Woods took a jet sweep for 56 yards to the Seahawks’ 18. Seattle held serve and stopped them on third down, then Sean McVay went for it on 4th and 2. It paid off as Shaquill Griffin committed pass interference trying to break on the route. Todd Gurley sauntered in for his hat trick touchdown. The PAT by Cairo Santos though was SHANKED. 31-30 Seahawks.
Chris Carson broke another successful run, but other than an illegal contact penalty, the Seahawks didn’t conjure up much, giving the Rams the ball back and the first punt of the game since the opening quarter. A booming kick from Michael Dickson backs the Rams up at their own 18. With nine minutes to go, the Rams burned their final timeout of regulation. Goff found Robert Woods on consecutive plays to get to the Seattle 25. Frank Clark blew up a 2nd down jet sweep with Robert Woods, and they settled for a field goal after a 3rd down Gurley draw. Cairo Santos from 39 yards away, and he got it. 33-31 Rams with 6:05 left.
Play-action set up Tyler Lockett wide open downfield to the Rams 35 on the second play of Seattle’s ensuing drive. A gain of 44 on the play. D.J. Fluker held Ndamukong Suh two plays later, putting the Seahawks out of field goal range. They didn’t gain another yard and were forced to punt with two timeouts remaining and 3:28 to go. Gurley picked up a first down on his first carry. He had a short gain on the next snap, and the Seahawks sat on their timeouts. Second down saw Gurley cutback and gain 7 yards. 3rd and 1 with the game on the line... Gurley gets stopped short! Tedric Thompson with the huge play with 1:39 to go. Sean McVay went for it on 4th and inches and converted. Game over. 33-31 Rams final.
Seahawks injury report
DE Frank Clark walked off under his own power with an apparent foot injury in the 2nd quarter. He returned to the game on the same drive.
RB Mike Davis limped off after a 4th quarter carry. He returned in the same quarter.
Next week’s opponent
The Seahawks go to London for a “road” game against the Oakland Raiders (1-4) at 10 AM PT on FOX.