A Divisional Matchup With Important Playoff and Seeding Implications
Sunday Night Football Seahawks at Rams was a big game. Seattle was looking to keep pace with the San Francisco 49ers at 11-2. While the Rams were looking to keep their playoff hopes alive. Sitting at 7-5 they might need to win out and get help. They are sitting right on the outside looking in. Hoping to catch the Vikings, Or Seahawks or anyone.
Seattle could move into the top seed in the NFC with a win. Or they could fall back down to the 5th seed with a loss. That's how close things were. Seahawks at Rams came in after a solid Monday Night win. Taking care of the Vikings 37-30. The score was closer than the game was. Minnesota came on late to make it a game.
Russell Wilson went 21/31 for 240 yards 2 TD's and 1 Interception. He was not really needed as the Seahawks had a solid game plan. Keep it on the ground to Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. They combined for 38 carries 176 yards and a touchdown each. This would most likely be the same gameplan going into Sunday night Seahawks at Rams.
Los Angeles came off a decisive 34-7 victory in Arizona. Jared Goff seemed to get his groove back. Throwing for 424 yards on 32/43 passing and 2 touchdowns. Rams fans should be happy Coach Sean McVay started using Todd Gurley more. While he didn't have a huge game. He had 19 carries being used early and often.
Seahawks at Rams will look to stop Gurley and control the run game themselves. Time of Possession will be a huge Sunday night. The team that can keep their defence rested and control the momentum should win the game. Aaron Donald has been a key for most offensive lines. Being double and triple-teamed all year. Expect much of the same to give Wilson the time he needs in the pocket.
Seahawks at Rams Started Perfect For The Home Team
Los Angeles would kick off after winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half. Seahawks at Rams came out with a strong drive. Russell Wilson mixed in Play action with handoffs to Carson and Penny. D.K. Metcalf was the receiving target to get Seattle into the RedZone. A sack by Samson Ebukam would force Seattle to settle for the field goal. 3-0 for the visiting team taking off 6:24 off the clock.
The home team had an answer on Sunday Night Football. It was clear Todd Gurley was going to get fed tonight. Getting the first two rushes against the Seahawks at Rams. On the 3rd downplay Goff found Robert Woods for 18 yards and a 1st down. The Rams were rolling. After 2 more 1st downs Goff found Tight end, Tyler Higbee, for the big gain. 32 yards downfield but he wasn't able to roll into the Endzone. Malcolm Brown took care of things with the 1 yard TD rush. 7-3 for the home side.
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Seahawks at Rams were forced into a quick 3 and out. Rams had the ball back and looked to build on their first drive. Goff was happy to hand off to Gurley and McVay was using the Jet motion nicely. Josh Reynolds had a wide receiver reverse for 11 yards and a first down. Goff found Higbee for another first down. That brought us to the end of the 1st quarter.
Seahawks at Rams Had No Answer In The Second Quarter
The Rams were quick to go back to the running game. Gurley started the quarter off with 3 straight runs for 13 yards and a 1st down. Goff was quick to the line to stop Seattle from changing. It also didn't allow adjustments to the Rams formations. Higbee had another first down catch and Los Angeles was in business. On play action on 2nd and goal. Goff found Woods towards the sideline to make it 13-3. Greg Zuerlein hit the extra point and it was 14-3 with 11:28 to go in the 2nd quarter.
After a touchback, Seattle started at its own 25. They were able to string together a couple of first downs. Metcalf with an 11-yard catch. followed by a Chris Carson 1st down run. Seahawks at Rams were looking to get something going. Los Angeles was able to force Seattle into a 4th and 1. Pete Carroll decided to go for it and was stopped. Jalen Ramsey made a nice defensive play and the Rams had the ball back.
Both teams exchanged a quick three and out. The Rams didn't waste any time with their next possession. With time winding down in the half. Jared Goff executed a great drive down the field. Passes to Higbee for 22 yards, and Kupp for another big first down. Seahawks at Rams seemed to have no answer. Todd Gurley kept the defense honest with a couple of strong runs. on 3rd and 4, Goff found Kupp over the middle for the touchdown. L.A. had a 21-3 lead.
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Seattle was left with some time on the clock. Wilson was looking to get some points back before the Rams got the ball to start the 2nd half. After a first down by Carson. Hill got a knockdown for the Rams and Fowler came up with a big sack. The 1st half came to an end with a 21-3 lead for the home team. The route looked to be on.
Jared Goff was 15/18 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Gurley had 13 carries for 43 yards but was being involved in the game. And Woods and Kupp both had touchdowns. On the Other side of the ball Russell Wilson was 12/17 but for only 107 yards. Carson had a strong first half but they couldn't string anything from his 8 carries for 49 yards.
3rd Quarter Had Chances For The Seahawks at Rams
Los Angeles Rams started the second half with the ball. They also had a chance to put the dagger into Seattle. After a 14 yard catch for Woods to start the drive. Kupp with another 1st down shortly after. The Rams looked to be rolling along nicely. Todd Gurley got involved with a 5-yard run, then a 5 yard run for a loss. A flag for blocking in the back was declined and it was 3rd and 10.
Goff made his first mistake of the night. Finding Quandre Diggs who ran it into the endzone. Diggs plays for Seattle so you can see where the problem lies. Myers missed the extra point but just like that. And it was only 21-9 for the Seahawks at Rams on Sunday Night Football. It didn't get any better for the 3rd quarter if you are a Rams fan.
Seahawks at Rams kicked off after the score. Goff and the home side looked to drive downfield once again. Gurley had a big 23-yard run and things were in business. Until Goff threw his second interception of the game to Diggs. Looking for Cook in the endzone. Diggs read it well and undercut the route to give the Seahawks at Rams the ball right back at the 3-yard line.
Seattle wasn't able to do anything deep in their own end. Gifted the ball back they were forced into another 3 and out. The Rams got the ball back on their own 48-yard line. Great field position to once again march down and put the game out of reach. A big 20 yard run by Gurley to start the drive and Los Angeles was already in field goal position. After attempting a trick play Kupp missed a wide-open Higbee in the endzone. The Rams would settle for a field goal attempt. Seattle blocked it and just like that, they had the momentum again.
The Rams defense had the answer it seemed. Seahawks at Rams were only able to get a couple of first downs before the drive was stalled. Aaron Donald had a big sack on 3rd down forcing Seattle into a punt. The next couple of possessions were battle of the defenses. both teams were forced into 3 and outs and the 3rd quarter came to an end. Rams were up 21-9 looking to hold on.
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Rams Were Able To Hold On For The Win
Seahawks at Rams punted to start the 4th quarter. The home team up 21-9 came out with a purpose to drain the clock. After another big Play to Tyler Higbee, who finished the game with 116 yards on 7 receptions. Sean McVay channeled his 2018 self and ran two ends around. Woods ran the same play twice for 2 first downs. That brought up a first and goal for the Rams. Gurley was feed and stiff-armed his way to the endzone.
The point after was good and the Rams had a 28-9 lead in the 4th quarter. Seahawks at Rams were not going to be counted out yet. Metcalf made some big catches on 3rd down and the Hawks looked to be in business again. The home team defense came up big to force the field goal. 28-12 with 7:03 to go in the 4th quarter.
Seahawks at Rams kicked it off hoping for a big stop. Los Angeles ran the ball 3 straight times to take time off the clock. They weren't able to get a first down. Seattle would get the ball back down 2 scores. with under 5 minutes to go in the game it was an uphill battle. It was Russell Wilson so a comeback couldn't be counted out yet.
The Seahawks at Rams were able to drive the ball down the field. But L.A. was happy to play deep and let them complete the under routes. They were able to get down the field before Wilson tried to force it. Troy Hill made the interception in the endzone to seal the game. Big win for the Rams at home as they move to 8-5.
3 Big Weeks Ahead For Seahawks and Rams
With the 49ers winning against the Saints and moving to 11-2. The Seahawks fall back to the 5th spot and a wild card berth. The NFC is so close this year we could see a 12 win team not getting the bye. Seattle will head out on the road to play the Carolina Panthers. While they have had an up and down season it should be a tough task for Pete Carroll's team. Rashaad Penny will be out for the season. Seahawks at Rams lost more than just the game.
The Rams travel to Dallas to face the 6-7 Cowboys. This is a great chance to build on a 2 game winning streak. While the Cowboys come in on a 2 game losing streak. They are in a tough spot after making the Superbowl Last year. Los Angeles could possibly win out and go 11-5 and not make the playoffs.
The NFC is so strong this year that a 10-3 record gets you a wildcard birth. It will come down to games between the 49ers and Seahawks. Packers and Vikings, and Rams at 49ers. it will be a tight run to the finish. Brees will look to hold the Saints in the number 1 seed by winning out.
It will be an interesting end to the season. Seahawks at Rams sure helped but L.A. needs more help to make the playoffs. They might have waited too long to make their move. Dallas will be desperate with the Eagles pulling out the win on Monday night. We should have a great game on Sunday afternoon.
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