The Seattle Seahawks arrived in Los Angeles as 9 point underdogs. But the game would remain a shootout until the very end. The Seahawks nearly doubled their passing yards on the ground and had almost two 100-yard rushers. But the Seahawks would fall short in the waning moments to the Rams 36 – 31.
The Rams have moved into a dominating position for their second consecutive NFC West title, but it would be hard-earned as Eastern Washington Alumn Cooper Kupp would leave the game with a knee injury.
Wilson would go on to throw three touchdown passes, rush for 92 yards, and complete 65% of his passes. But on the final drive needing a touchdown to win, Wilson would throw four straight incompletions sealing the victory for the Rams. Fans argue that Wilson could have run for the first down extending the drive. But the odds of Wilson gaining 10 yards with the defensive backs in a zone, the odds converting were minimal.
The game wouldn’t go without some highlights for the Seahawks. Wilson’s three touchdown game put him in the ranks of Peyton Manning and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to throw 20 touchdown passes in each of their first seven NFL seasons. Rookie Rashaad Penny would also rush for 108 yards and the Seahawks would pick up 273 yards against the 13th ranked rushing defense.
This season the Seahawks have scored 31 points in both contests against the Rams. As such, both contests ended with the Seahawks on their game winning drive. The Seahawks would lose due to penalties by Ifedi and Fluker. In Los Angeles, Wilson would overthrow Tyler Lockett on 4th and 10.
Seattle will face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday in Seattle.