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Seahawks lose 28-12 to Rams in wretched performance, lose NFC West lead

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Seattle Seahawks v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

It’s not often that the Seattle Seahawks (10-3) lose a primetime game. It’s also not often they get blown out like they did against the Los Angeles Rams (8-5), who kept their season alive while denying Seattle both a playoff spot and the #1 seed in the NFC. A 28-12 final score goes the Rams way and Seattle’s offense did not even get into the end zone.

Russell Wilson struggled and so did his receivers, who often didn’t get open and there were some drops along the way. Rashaad Penny was lost to (potentially serious) injury, the defense was largely dismal, once again having no answers for Sean McVay’s offense. Jared Goff threw for two touchdowns, Todd Gurley had 79 yards rushing and 34 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Tyler Higbee had 116 yards receiving in place of the injured Gerald Everett. There were no sacks by the Seahawks, while Wilson was sacked five times.

San Francisco leads the NFC West outright again.

1st Half

The Seahawks got on the board first with an 11-play, 54-yard drive that featured Russell Wilson going 5/6 for 48 yards. A third-down sack led to a Jason Myers field goal to make it 3-0 Seahawks. The moment of concern was a left knee injury for Rashaad Penny after a successful screen pass, and he was ruled out for the game.

Jared Goff lit up the Seattle secondary with a dominant drive, as receivers were wide open to the tune of 3/4 for 67 yards. A big catch by a wide open Tyler Higbee for 33 yards set up 1st and goal at the 1, which Malcolm Brown punched in. 7-3 Rams.

After a three-and-out by the Seahawks, the Rams offense scorched this defense for 85 yards on 12 plays, as the pass rush was MIA and the secondary was getting shredded. Jared Goff found Robert Woods on a crossing route for an easy score at the goal-line. 14-3 Rams.

Seattle got a good drive going down to the Rams’ 24, where they went for it on 4th and 1 and Malik Turner dropped the play-action pass rollout. Thankfully, the Rams went three-and-out and they forced a punt. Unfortunately, Seattle went three-and-out again after a fumbled exchange between Wilson and C.J. Prosise, and eventually a 3rd down drop by Jacob Hollister.

These mistakes would culminate in Jared Goff again leading a touchdown drive, with Cooper Kupp open to cap off a 72-yard drive right before halftime. 21-3 Rams.

Seattle’s one-minute drill was a mess, as they blew their timeouts and gave up with :36 left after Wilson took a sack.

2nd Half

The Seahawks defense got the team’s first touchdown of the game, as Shaquem Griffin pressured Jared Goff into a bad throw and a pick-six by Quandre Diggs. Huge play, although Jason Myers missed the extra point. 21-9 Rams.

Quandre wasn’t done. Another pick, this time on a deep pass by Goff with the Rams in potential scoring position! But the Seahawks went three-and-out and punted it right back to Los Angeles.

It looked as if the Rams would get points to extend their lead again, but they wound up with zero. Cooper Kupp missed a wide open Tyler Higbee for a touchdown on a 3rd down trick play, then Rasheem Green blocked Greg Zuerlein’s field goal to keep the score 21-9.

The Seahawks offense marched into Rams territory, but Aaron Donald is inevitable, and he sacked Wilson out of any 4th down “go for it” consideration. Los Angeles went three-and-out on the next possession, as Goff couldn’t quite connect deep downfield with Brandin Cooks. None of it mattered because Seattle still couldn’t sustain a drive even entering the 4th quarter.

While the offense wasted its opportunities, the Rams bullied the Seahawks defensive line and linebackers on a series of jet sweeps and play-action bootlegs. Todd Gurley stiff-armed Tre Flowers into dust for the touchdown. A 95-yard drive in which no third down was forced. 28-9 Rams.

The Seahawks finally went up tempo but forgot to score a touchdown. They opted for a field goal after penalties on Mike Iupati and Germain Ifedi turned 1st and 10 into 1st and 25. 28-12 Rams.

The Rams went three-and-out but killed some precious time off the clock. Seattle ran an abomination of a hurry-up offense and Wilson got picked off in desperation time.

Seahawks Injury Report

RB Rashaad Penny injured his knee in the first quarter. He did not return.

DT Quinton Jefferson was dinged up in the second quarter but returned.

LB K.J. Wright had his hand looked at in the fourth quarter but returned to action.

LB Cody Barton had an undisclosed injury in the fourth quarter but he returned to the game.

Next week’s opponent

The Seahawks head to Charlotte for their final regular season road game, as they take on the slumping Carolina Panthers (5-8) on Sunday, December 15th at 10 AM PT on FOX.