LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Todd Gurley flattened Tre Flowers with a brutal stiff arm on his path to Los Angeles’ remaining landing, the Rams delivered a transparent message proper to the face of the Seahawks and the NFL.
Though it is too quickly to say whether or not the Rams solved their offensive issues in time to make the playoffs, the staff that dazzled the league prior to now two seasons might be harmful down the stretch.
“We’re lastly taking part in the best way we should always have been taking part in,” Rams defensive sort out Aaron Donald stated.
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Jared Goff handed for 293 yards and two touchdowns, Gurley ran for 79 yards and that decisive fourth-quarter TD and the Rams prevented Seattle from clinching a playoff berth with a 28-12 victory Sunday night time.
From begin to end of their remaining sport below the Coliseum lights, the Rams (8-5) appeared like their most harmful selves of the earlier two seasons. Of their fifth win in seven video games, the Rams had little hassle derailing the highly effective Seahawks’ five-game profitable streak.
“I feel this can be a completely different staff now with a special mentality,” left sort out Andrew Whitworth stated. “I feel we’re capturing our shot within the subsequent three weeks. You possibly can definitely see indicators of final yr. You do not management your future, however we management how we come out right here.”
Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp caught TD passes whereas the Rams stored their playoff hopes burning with an aggressive, creative sport plan on each side of the ball. In addition they left the Seahawks reeling from their first highway defeat of the season after sacking Russell Wilson 5 instances.
Los Angeles nonetheless trails Minnesota (9-4) by a sport for the second wild card spot and its third straight playoff berth, however its possibilities improved with this vital division win.
The Seahawks (10-3) fell out of first place within the NFC West with simply their second loss since Sept. 22.
“This was a tough night time,” coach Pete Carroll stated. “We didn’t do what we deliberate to do in any respect. You’ve received handy it to them. They performed nice. They did all the things they wished to do.”
Wilson handed for 245 yards amid fixed strain from the Rams. Quandre Diggs returned an interception 55 yards for a landing early within the third quarter, however it was the Seahawks’ solely landing.
“Clearly it felt like we weren’t ourselves on the market,” stated Seattle tight finish Jacob Hollister, who had a key drop. “They outplayed us, and we have simply received to maintain working.
Woods had seven catches for 98 yards and his first landing of the season, and tight finish Tyler Higbee had seven catches for a career-high 116 yards because the Rams appeared just like the thrilling offensive unit led by coach Sean McVay in his first two seasons.
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McVay known as a intelligent sport stuffed with jet sweeps and difficult schemes. He additionally continued to offer extra late-season motion to Gurley, who responded emphatically.
These NFC West rivals’ first assembly of the season was determined by the Rams’ missed discipline purpose with 11 seconds left two months in the past in Seattle. Los Angeles didn’t let it get practically that shut this time.
The Rams’ offense began off with two landing drives. Malcolm Brown punched within the opening TD after Higbee’s 33-yard reception put Los Angeles on the purpose line, and Woods then caught a brief TD go to cap an 85-yard drive.
Goff led one other TD drive late within the first half, connecting with Kupp from 10 yards out with 51 seconds left, whereas Wilson was left pissed off by the Rams’ protection and his personal receivers’ drops.
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Goff and Woods miscommunicated at midfield on the opening drive of the second half, and Diggs returned it untouched for his second profession landing and his second interception in his first 4 video games with Seattle.
Diggs grabbed his third interception for the Seahawks on the subsequent collection, catching an overthrown go by Goff. Former USC star Rasheem Inexperienced then blocked a discipline purpose try by the Rams, however Seattle’s offense was unable to capitalize, with Wilson repeatedly getting rocked by blitzing Rams.
Los Angeles’ remaining 95-yard TD drive ended with Gurley flooring Flowers.