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.”
The Rams provided a flashback to last season as quarterback Jared Goff threw touchdown passes to wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Tailbacks Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown each had a touchdown run.
“Just playing our game, being ourselves, being able to start fast, get in our rhythm,” Woods told NBC after the game. “We had a good performance last time with them [in a loss in Seattle in October]. This time we were able to finish our drives, score and play all four quarters.”
The Rams, the defending NFC champs, improved to 8-5, keeping them a game behind the Minnesota Vikings for the second wild-card spot in the conference. They’re behind the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFC West, but they’re not done quite yet. They play at Dallas next weekend.
“Tomorrow it’s right back to work,” Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald told NBC. “We’ve got to go week to week with it. We’ve got another great team we’ve got to play. We’ve got to just keep playing great football as a team together.”
Goff threw a pair of second-half interceptions to Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs, one of which Diggs returned for a touchdown. But the Seattle offense was held without a touchdown and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a league MVP candidate, had a quiet night. Wilson completed 22 of 36 passes for 245 yards. He was sacked five times and threw a late interception as Seattle suffered its first road loss of the season.
It was a costly defeat for the Seahawks as running back Rashaad Penny exited with a knee injury that Carroll said involved ACL damage. Still, opportunities remain for the Seahawks, who close the regular season with a Week 17 matchup with the 49ers in Seattle.
“We’ve got to go about our business,” Carroll said. “It’s really important for us to go ahead and move on and get rolling and stay true to what’s next.”
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December 8, 2019 at 11:00 PM EST
FG for Seahawks
Seattle made it a two-score game (as long as those two scores are touchdowns with two-point conversions) with a 34-yard field goal by kicker Jason Myers. (Rams 28, Seahawks 12 with 7:03 left in the 4th quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 10:48 PM EST
Another long TD drive for Rams
Todd Gurley’s seven-yard touchdown run capped a 95-yard march for the Rams. This game is slipping away for the Seahawks, along with the NFC West lead and the No. 1 playoff seed in the NFC. (Rams 28, Seahawks 9 with 11:07 left in the 4th quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 10:23 PM EST
Seahawks block Rams’ FG try
Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein had a 37-yard field goal attempt blocked. That came just after a gadget play by the Rams failed when wide receiver Cooper Kupp’s pass missed tight end Tyler Higbee in the end zone. Things have gone awry for the Rams in the third quarter and the Seahawks have a chance to get back into the game if they just can get something started on offense. (Rams 21, Seahawks 9 with 5:39 left in the 3rd quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 10:14 PM EST
Goff throws another pick
After a great first half, Jared Goff has thrown two interceptions to Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs in the third quarter. At least this one wasn’t returned for a touchdown. (Rams 21, Seahawks 9 with 9:48 left in the 3rd quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 10:06 PM EST
Goff throws pick-six
Just when things were going so well for Jared Goff and the Rams, Goff threw an interception for a touchdown. His throw under pressure on the opening drive of the second half went straight to Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs, who raced 55 yards to the opposite end zone. It was Goff’s first interception for a touchdown since his rookie season in the NFL in 2016, before Sean McVay became the coach of the Rams. Seattle kicker Jason Myers missed the extra point. (Rams 21, Seahawks 9 with 12:54 left in the 3rd quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 9:43 PM EST
Halftime at the L.A. Coliseum
The Seahawks are playing for first place in the NFC West and the top seed in the entire NFC. The Rams are barely clinging to playoff hopes. But the Rams are on a major roll and are providing a flashback to last season, when they were next to unstoppable on offense and reached the Super Bowl. They lead the Seahawks, 21-3, at halftime at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Rams have touchdown drives of 75, 85 and 72 yards. Quarterback Jared Goff completed 15 of 18 passes for 184 yards. He threw touchdown passes to wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, and Malcolm Brown provided a touchdown run. The Rams amassed 240 yards of total offense in the half and shut out the Seahawks after an opening-possession field goal.
Quarterback Russell Wilson connected on 12 of 17 first-half throws for Seattle but for a modest 106 yards. Chris Carson ran for 49 yards for the Seahawks but fellow running back Rashaad Penny exited the game with a knee injury. (Rams 21, Seahawks 3 at halftime)
December 8, 2019 at 9:35 PM EST
Rams are pouring it on
The Rams upped their lead with Jared Goff’s 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cooper Kupp. It was Goff’s second touchdown pass of the night as part of a 15-for-18, 184-yard first half. (Rams 21, Seahawks 3 with 51 seconds left in the 2nd quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 9:12 PM EST
Seahawks fail on fourth down
This isn’t going well so far for the Seahawks. They failed on a fourth-and-one try from the L.A. 24-yard line. Russell Wilson threw an incompletion when the ball bounced off the hands of wide receiver Malik Turner, with Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey in coverage. (Rams 14, Seahawks 3 with 7:30 left in the 2nd quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 9:03 PM EST
Rams add to lead
The Rams are providing a flashback to last season. They upped their lead to 14-3 with a two-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to wide receiver Robert Woods to cap a 12-play drive. Goff has completed nine of 10 passes for 116 yards on the night, and Woods already has five catches for 62 yards. (Rams 14, Seahawks 3 with 11:28 left in the 2nd quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 8:44 PM EST
Rams have rapid response
The Rams are off to a good start on offense, getting a touchdown in reply to Seattle’s opening field goal. Malcolm Brown scored it with a one-yard run as the Rams hurried to the line of scrimmage and snapped the ball quickly after a 33-yard completion from Jared Goff to tight end Tyler Higbee on a third-and-nine play. (Rams 7, Seahawks 3 with 5:08 left in the 1st quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 8:35 PM EST
Seahawks get FG
The Seahawks had a nice opening drive but had to settle for a field goal as Jason Myers connected from 39 yards. Russell Wilson completed five of six passes and the Seahawks reached the L.A. 15-yard line. But Wilson was sacked on a third-and-three passing attempt, forcing the kick. (Seahawks 3, Rams 0 with 8:34 left in the 1st quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 7:45 PM EST
Seahawks can clinch playoff spot
The Seahawks can clinch a playoff berth with a victory when they face the Rams on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Seattle enters the game with a record of 10-2 and needs a win to remain in front of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. The Niners are 11-2 after winning Sunday in New Orleans but lost to the Seahawks earlier this season, giving Seattle a tiebreaker advantage at this point. The Seahawks would take over the No. 1 seed in the NFC, for now, with a triumph over the Rams.
The Seahawks are on a five-game winning streak and are coming off a 37-30 triumph at home Monday night over the Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns in that game and the Seahawks ran for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Seattle scored 24 straight points to open the second half to take control of the game but then allowed the Vikings to score 13 straight points to make things interesting late.
Wilson has had a terrific season and has kept his name prominently in the league MVP conversation, and is perhaps behind only Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in the race. Seattle has been led by its offense. The Seahawks are ranked in the league’s top 10 in total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense and passing offense. But they’re only 29th in pass defense, 23rd in scoring defense and 24th in total defense. They could be shorthanded in the defensive front seven for this game with Jadeveon Clowney and Ezekiel Ansah listed as questionable on the injury report.
The Rams lost by a point in Seattle in October and are clinging to long-shot playoff hopes. They need to win to remain a game behind the Vikings for the NFC’s second wild-card spot. The Rams are coming off a lopsided victory at Arizona that followed a 45-6 loss to the Ravens in their most recent home game. Quarterback Jared Goff has 12 interceptions to go with his 13 touchdown passes on the season. Tailback Todd Gurley hasn’t had a 100-yard rushing performance all season but is coming off a 95-yard outing against the Cardinals.
December 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM EST
How to watch Seahawks at Rams
When: Sunday at 8:20 p.m. Eastern time
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum