Rams dump Seahawks for 2nd time this season

Nov 19, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; A general overall view of an empty SoFi Stadium prior to the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams recovered to beat the Seattle Seahawks 17-16 on Sunday in Inglewood, California, thanks to a field goal from Lucas Havrisik that was kicked with 1:31 left on the clock. The field goal was from 22 yards out.

After returning from an injury, Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith led Seattle into field-goal range in the game’s waning seconds. However, Jason Myers’ field goal attempt from 55 yards out was narrowly off target.

The Rams (4-6) ended a three-game losing slide thanks to the performance of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who completed 17 of 31 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. Royce Freeman had 17 rushes for 73 yards and a touchdown.

The two teams battling for supremacy in the NFC West put on a physical show. Kenneth Walker III, a running back for the Seahawks, and Cooper Kupp, a receiver for the Rams, both went off with injuries in the first half and did not return. Walker III injured his oblique, and Kupp injured his ankle.

On the play before the final one of the third quarter, Smith absorbed a strong hit from Aaron Donald, and as a result, he went to the sidelines with an injury to his right elbow. He didn’t come back until after the Rams had taken the lead.

Smith completed 22 passes out of 34 attempts, threw for 233 yards, and scored a touchdown.

After 7 minutes and 38 seconds, the Rams’ Darrell Henderson Jr. scored a touchdown by rushing for 1 yard to trim Seattle’s lead to 16-14. The Seahawks (6-4) jumped to a 13-0 lead after scoring on their first three drives.

During the game’s first drive, Smith completed a touchdown pass to DK Metcalf that went for 8 yards, and then Myers nailed field goals of 54 and 43 yards.

The visiting Rams defeated the Seahawks 30-13 in the first game of the year. The Rams held the Seahawks to just 180 yards of total offense. On Sunday, the Seahawks had 204 yards of total offense in the first half.

The Rams, who had only 78 yards in their first three drives, put together a nine-play drive that covered 75 yards to conclude the first half. Stafford threw a touchdown pass to Puka Nacua for 4 yards with nine seconds left to play, which cut Seattle’s advantage to 13-7.

To increase the score to 16-7, Myers kicked a field goal from 52 yards out with 8 minutes and 3 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Tyler Lockett, a receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, had five receptions for 51 yards, moving him over Brian Blades into second place all-time in the Seahawks franchise for both receptions and receiving yards. He trails future Hall of Famer Steve Largent in both categories.

Bobby Wagner, a linebacker with the Seahawks who spent one season with the Rams before returning to Seattle, made ten tackles to reach 100 for a 12th consecutive season, becoming only the third NFL player to accomplish this feat. The other two are called London Fletcher and Derrick Brooks.

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