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Seahawks win incredible, thrilling 30-29 nail-biter over Rams on Thursday Night Football

Los Angeles Rams v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images


The Seattle Seahawks (4-1) had a truly incredible win in an unbelievable, emotional Thursday Night Football thriller. They edged out the Los Angeles Rams (3-2) by a score of 30-29 on a night when the late Paul Allen was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor. Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes, including the game-winner to Chris Carson on 4th and goal. Tedric Thompson had a dramatic would-be game-ending interception, except the Rams offense had one more chance to get the win... only for Greg Zuerlein to miss the game-winning field goal wide right.

Seattle overcame an early turnover, fought back to take a 14-6 lead, gave up the lead and fell behind 20-14 early in the 3rd quarter, but Russell was clutch in the 4th quarter, while the defense made a couple of timely plays late on. You could even argue not allowing the Rams to advance substantially further on their game-winning drive attempt was a stop.

What a win! WHAT A WIN!

1st Half

Seattle started with the ball and instantly gave it away. Jaron Brown fumbled on the game’s third snap and the Rams recovered it. Initially he was ruled as out of bounds, but Sean McVay won his challenge and Los Angeles set up shop deep in Seattle territory. The Seahawks defense stood firm and held them to a Greg Zeuerlein field goal. A key play on that drive was Poona Ford tackling Todd Gurley on 3rd and short. 3-0 Rams.

The Seahawks only got one first down on their next series, and the Rams marched right down the field in response. Todd Gurley looked as fresh as ever, but the defense was able to stifle the Rams in the red zone and hold them to another field goal. 6-0 Rams.

For all of their early first quarter dominance, the Rams would close the quarter trailing thanks to a terrific 7-play, 75-yard drive that featured a 38-yard bomb to Will Dissly and this ridiculous touchdown throw from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett, who made a tremendous toe-tapping catch. 7-6 Seahawks.

The Rams went three-and-out on consecutive possessions, and then the Seahawks extended their lead with a 40-yard strike from Wilson to rookie DK Metcalf. Marcus Peters got toasted and no safety helped. 14-6 Seahawks.

Jared Goff finally got into gear and drove the Rams into the Seattle red zone, where Gurley had the ball extracted from him by Jadeveon Clowney, who also got the recovery.

The Seahawks continued to find offensive success, and this throw to Will Dissly was just out of this world.

Unfortunately, the Seahawks stalled out at the Rams 30 on a failed 3rd and 1 run with Chris Carson. They tried drawing the Rams offsides, failed, and Jason Myers missed a 48-yard field goal wide right.

Los Angeles capitalized with points at the other end right before halftime. Jared Goff went on an 8-play, 62-yard drive against a poor two-minute Seahawks defense. They thought they had forced them into another field goal attempt, but Ziggy Ansah was flagged for roughing the passer. Cooper Kupp caught a touchdown in zone coverage to get the Rams within 1 at the break. 14-13 Seahawks.

2nd Half

What could’ve been a two-score lead at the half for the Seahawks quickly became a deficit after the Rams’ first possession of the second half. An easy 6-play, 75-yard drive was capped off by a Todd Gurley touchdown run on a play that looked like a delay of game but went uncalled. 20-14 Rams.

Field position was flipped in a big way when the Seahawks were forced to punt and Michael Dickson pinned the Rams at their 1. Jared Goff could only move them a single yard, and Johnny Hekker’s punt went out of bounds just inside Rams territory. The offense took advantage, as a 6-play, 47-yard drive ended in a 10-yard quick screen touchdown to David Moore. 21-20 Seahawks.

That lead wouldn’t last long, as ridiculously poor defensive play was exploited by Sean McVay’s team. Gerald Everett had a 32-yard catch and run to the Seahawks 1, and Todd Gurley walked in on the next play. The two-point conversion was overturned to no good, as Jared Goff did not cross the plane before his knee was down. 26-21 Rams.

The Seahawks were in position to take the lead back, with Wilson finding Rashaad Penny for 30 yards down the sidelines and to the Rams 17. A holding call on Mike Iupati backed the Seahawks up to 3rd and 17 instead of 4th and 1. The conversion failed and Jason Myers had to come in and kick a field goal. 26-24 Rams.

Seattle’s defense just struggled to get stops, as Goff found Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks on two huge third down conversions that gained a combined 50 yards. Pete Carroll lost a timeout as a result of challenging for OPI on the Cooks play.

...But they would get a stop to force the Rams to kick a field goal, which Zuerlein made again. 29-24 Rams.

A controversial roughing the passer penalty on Clay Matthews helped aid Seattle’s 12-play, 75-yard drive that took a ton of time off the clock. On 4th and goal at the 5, Russell Wilson scrambled and found Chris Carson wide open for a touchdown... but not before a bobble. The two-point conversion was missed, so the score remained 30-29 Seahawks.

Needing to hold the Rams to no points on the potential game-winning drive, TEDRIC THOMPSON DID THIS AMAZING THING!

With 2:08 left, the Seahawks hadn’t sealed victory yet. They needed another first down to ice things. With one timeout burned, the Rams had to get a 3rd and 2 stop... and got it. They ran an option play and it backfired spectacularly, so the Rams would get the ball back. JoJo Natson was swarmed at his own 8.

Goff surgically drove the Rams to the Seahawks’ 30 and nearly got intercepted on his 2nd and 10 throw. They took a delay of game thanks to no timeouts, so it was 3rd and 15 with :20 left. Gerald Everett got free for a gain of 9 yards to set up Zuerlein with :15 left. Greg Zuerlein for the win from 44 yards out... NO GOOD!!!!!!!

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Seahawks injury report

RG D.J. Fluker did not return after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1st quarter. He was replaced by Jamarco Jones.

Next week’s opponent

The Seahawks return to the road for a game against the Cleveland Browns (2-2) on Sunday, October 13th at 10 AM PT on FOX.