L.A. green with envy: Seattle wins NFC West
SEAHAWKS 24, RAMS 3 Fisher-less Rams no match for Seahawks
seattle» Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, Tyler Lockett had 130 yards receiving and a score, and the Seattle Seahawks won another NFC West title with a 24-3 victory over the reeling Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.
Seattle claimed its third NFC West title in four seasons, ensuring itself at least one home game in the playoffs and keeping the pressure on the Detroit Lions in the competition for the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. Also, the Seahawks snapped a three-game losing streak to the Rams.
It wasn’t an impressive display by Seattle (9-4-1) but was far better than Sunday, when the Seahawks were blown out by Green Bay with Wilson throwing five interceptions.
Wilson was plenty good enough against the Rams (4-10). After slogging through the first half, Wilson threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin late in the third quarter for a 17-3 lead, then put the game away on a 57-yard touchdown strike to Lockett on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Wilson finished 19-of-26 passing for 229 yards, but he threw a careless interception at the goal line midway through the fourth quarter. Seven of those passes went to Lockett, whose previous career high was 104 yards. Luke Willson contributed an 8yard touchdown catch in the first half.
Another mostly forgettable Thursday game was made at least somewhat more entertaining by the Seahawks and their “highlighter” green uniforms that drew wild opinions all over social media. The “Action Green” uniforms had very little action in the first half, before a second-half effort that ensured another division-title banner would be raised at CenturyLink Field.
A tumultuous few days for the Rams after the firing of their veteran coach, Jeff Fisher, culminated in their fifth consecutive loss and first under interim coach John Fassel. The Rams’ defensive front caused problems for Seattle in the first half, but the Los Angeles offense provided zero help.
Rookie quarterback Jared Goff was 13-of25 passing for 135 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter to be checked by the Rams for a possible concussion. The Rams finished with only 183 total yards, 90 coming in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles tailback Todd Gurley again was unable to get started in the ground game, continuing a frustrating season. Gurley was held to 38 yards on 14 carries. He had 11 runs of 20 or more yards last year.