L.A. green with envy: Seat­tle wins NFC West

SEA­HAWKS 24, RAMS 3 Fisher-less Rams no match for Sea­hawks

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Tim Booth

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.

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