The Seahawks slipped up in the race for the NFC West on Sunday night, looking lifeless for much of their 28-12 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles.
Seattle kicked a field goal on its opening drive, but the Russell Wilson-led offense wouldn’t score again until the fourth quarter. The Rams scored 21 consecutive points to close the first half and added a backbreaking touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff had a strong night overall (22-for-31 passing, 293 yards), but his two touchdowns were matched by two interceptions. After the Seahawks took that 3-0 lead, he marched his team down the field for two touchdown drives and completed nine of his first 10 passes.
Goff had an ugly start to the second half, however, throwing a pick-six on the opening drive and another interception on the following possession. That helped give Seattle three possessions while trailing 21-9 in the third quarter, but the offense managed just two first downs during that stretch. Wilson finished 22 for 36 for 245 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception.
A 7-yard touchdown run by Rams running back Todd Gurley put the game away; it gave Los Angeles (8-5) a 28-9 lead with 11:07 to play.
Seattle’s loss carries massive implications for the NFC West; the Seahawks (10-3) are one game behind the 49ers (11-2), who beat the Saints earlier Sunday. The result also helps keep the Rams’ slim wild-card hopes alive.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Seahawks vs. Rams on “Sunday Night Football” Week 14.
Seahawks vs. Rams final score
Seahawks vs. Rams scoring plays
8:39 — Seahawks kicker Jason Myers 39-yard field goal.
5:11 — Rams running back Malcolm Brown 1-yard run. XP good.
11:28 — Rams quarterback Jared Goff 2-yard pass to wide receiver Robert Woods. XP good.
0:51 — Rams quarterback Jared Goff 10-yard pass to wide receiver Cooper Kupp. XP good.
12:54 — Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs 55-yard interception return. XP no good.
11:07 — Rams running back Todd Gurley 7-yard run. XP good.
7:07 — Seahawks kicker Jason Myers 34-yard field goal.
Seahawks vs. Rams updates, highlights
Final: Rams 28, Seahawks 12
11:19 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Rams. Wilson takes a deep shot, and it’s picked off by cornerback Troy Hill. That should do it.
11:16 p.m.: The two-minute warning hits shortly after a Seahawks fourth-and-18 conversion.
11:05 p.m.: Seattle forces a three-and-out and narrowly avoids disaster by muffing a punt but recovering.
10:59 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Seahawks. Wilson just missed his man on third-and-15, and Seattle settles for a kick.
10:45 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Rams. Todd Gurley in from 7 yards out. That was a 95-yard drive that could be a dagger. Rams 28, Seahawks 9.
End third quarter: Rams 21, Seahawks 9
10:25 p.m.: Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald gets to Wilson for a sack on third down.
10:19 p.m.: BLOCKED FIELD GOAL, Seahawks. Seattle gets a hand on a 37-yard attempt by Greg Zuerlein.
10:19 p.m.: The Rams try a double pass on third-and-7. Kupp misses Tyler Higbee, open in the end zone.
10:09 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Seahawks. Goff throws an arm punt on third-and-5 from the edge of field goal range. Diggs gets his second pick, and Seattle takes over inside its own 5.
10:02 p.m.: PICK-SIX, Seahawks. Just what Seattle needed; Goff throws wide (or is expecting a different route) and is picked off by Quandre Diggs, who has nothing but green in front of him for a 55-yard return. Extra point is no good, though. Rams 21, Seahawks 9.
Halftime: Rams 21, Seahawks 3
9:41 p.m.: The Seahawks get near midfield, but they let the clock run out following a sack. They face an 18-point deficit at halftime, and Los Angeles starts with the ball in the third quarter.
9:32 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Rams. Goff with his second touchdown pass of the game, a 10-yard dart to Cooper Kupp. Little under a minute left for Seattle to respond. Rams 21, Seahawks 3.
9:26 p.m.: The two-minute warning comes just after the Rams convert a second-and-14 to move into field goal range.
9:13 p.m.: Seattle gets its first stop of the night, forcing a three-and-out.
9:08 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, Seahawks. Seattle goes for it on fourth-and-2 from inside the 30. Russell Wilson rolls out and has a man open, but the pass is broken up by Jalen Ramsey.
9:04 p.m.: Goff on first two drives: 9-for-10, 116 yards.
8:59 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Rams. Goff hits wide receiver Robert Woods in the flat for a 2-yard score. Rams 14, Seahawks 3.
End first quarter: Rams 7, Seahawks 3
8:53 p.m.: The first quarter ends with the Rams in Seeahawks territory. Goff is hitting his targets early.
8:39 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Rams. Los Angeles makes it look easy on the first drive. Gains of 19, 15, and 33 before a 1-yard touchdown run. Rams 7, Seahawks 3.
8:31 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Seahawks. Jason Myers is good from 39 yards out. Seahawks 3, Rams 0.
8:27 p.m.: Seattle running back Rashaad Penny went down with a knee injury after a 16-yard reception. Would be a big loss.
8:24 p.m.: The Seahawks begin with the ball after a touchback.
7:00 p.m.: Here are the inactives.