The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

The Seahawks had their chance to be the No. 1 seed and knock out the Rams. They didn’t deliver.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill, left, celebrates after his interception Sunday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

The Seattle Seahawks had their chance Sunday night in Los Angeles to take the lead in the race for the top seed in the NFC playoffs and all but knock the Rams out of postseason contention. They squandered it badly, doing next to nothing on offense and losing to the Rams, 28-12.

The Seahawks’ winning streak ended at five games. They dropped to 10-3 and fell a game behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. The 49ers, after winning in dramatic fashion earlier Sunday in New Orleans, are back in position to secure the conference’s No. 1 seed.

“This was a rough night for the Seahawks tonight,” Coach Pete Carroll said at his postgame news conference. “We did not do what we had planned to do at all. I thought it was a really good night for the Rams.”

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