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Brandin Cooks rushed for a 9-yard touch­down with 5:49 to play on the first snap af­ter Dante Fowler forced and re­cov­ered a fum­ble by Rus­sell Wil­son, and the Los An­ge­les Rams bounced back from their first loss of the sea­son with a 36-31 vic­tory over the Seat­tle Sea­hawks on Sun­day.

Jared Goff passed for 318 yards and two touch­downs, and Todd Gur­ley rushed for 120 yards and a score as the Rams (9-1) swept the sea­son se­ries with their di­vi­sion ri­vals.

Los An­ge­les moved into com­mand­ing po­si­tion for its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive NFC West ti­tle, but only af­ter plenty of late drama in a ri­valry that’s never lack­ing in ex­cite­ment.

Wil­son threw three touch­down passes, rushed for 92 yards and nearly ral­lied the Sea­hawks (4-5) all the way back af­ter his fum­ble.

He hit Mike Davis for a short TD catch to cap a 90-yard drive with 1:56 to play. Af­ter the Seat­tle de­fense held, he got the Sea­hawks to the Los An­ge­les 35 be­fore throw­ing four straight in­com­ple­tions in the fi­nal minute.

Ger­ald Everett and Tyler Hig­bee caught TD passes for the Rams, who sur­vived a topsy-turvy game with just enough big plays. Although the per­fect sea­son ended last week in New Or­leans, Los An­ge­les still has never lost back-to­back games un­der coach Sean McVay.

Fowler, the pass-rush spe­cial­ist ac­quired from Jack­sonville late last month, made up for his costly un­sports­man­like con­duct penalty in the third quar­ter by strip­ping Wil­son of the ball and then re­cov­er­ing the fum­ble, set­ting up Cooks’ run for a 12-point lead.

Wil­son also threw TD passes to Nick Van­nett and Tyler Lock­ett while join­ing Pey­ton Man­ning and Dan Marino as the only quar­ter­backs to throw 20 touch­down passes in each of their first seven NFL sea­sons. But the Sea­hawks have lost two straight af­ter win­ning four of five.

Rashaad Penny rushed for 108 yards and a touch­down in the in­jury ab­sence of Chris Car­son. The Sea­hawks had 273 yards rush­ing at the Coli­seum af­ter rack­ing up 190 yards on the ground in their 33-31 loss to the Rams last month in Seat­tle.

The Rams’ de­fen­sive strug­gles in last week’s 45-35 loss to the Saints were ex­tended thanks to Wil­son and the Sea­hawks, who made two sus­tained touch­down drives in the first quar­ter.

The Sea­hawks re­claimed the lead with Lock­ett’s TD catch in the third quar­ter, but only be­cause their drive was kept alive by an un­sports­man­like con­duct penalty against Fowler af­ter a third­down stop.

The Rams went right back ahead on a 10-yard TD catch by Hig­bee on the first play of the fourth quar­ter.

Seat­tle tried an on­sides kick af­ter Se­bas­tian Janikowski’s field goal with 9:52 to play, but L.A.’s Josh Reynolds snatched it. Greg Zuer­lein kicked his third field goal for the Rams.

Gur­ley’s gains: Gur­ley scored his NFL-lead­ing 17th touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter on a 17-yard run. He also scored a TD in his fran­chise-record 13th con­sec­u­tive game, ex­tend­ing his fran­chise record. He is the fourth player in league his­tory to score a TD in each of his team’s first 10 games.

Sack ma­chine: Aaron Don­ald sacked Wil­son 2½ times, giv­ing him a ca­reer­high 12½ sacks al­ready this sea­son. He teamed up with Ndamukong Suh for a huge third-down sack at the Los An­ge­les 15 in the fourth quar­ter, forc­ing Seat­tle to kick a field goal.

Big gift: Rams left tackle An­drew Whit­worth is do­nat­ing his game check to the Ven­tura County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s Conejo Val­ley Vic­tims Fund, which was set up to help the fam­i­lies of the 12 peo­ple killed last Wed­nes­day night by a gun­man in Thou­sand Oaks, the home of the Rams’ train­ing com­plex. The Rams held a mo­ment of si­lence be­fore the game.

In­juries: Sea­hawks: Car­son sat out with a hip in­jury, while start­ing right guard D.J. Fluker missed the game with a calf in­jury. Safety Bobby McDougald and line­backer K.J. Wright both played through in­juries. Rams: Re­ceiver Cooper Kupp went down in the fourth quar­ter hold­ing his left knee, which side­lined him ear­lier this sea­son. He even­tu­ally walked off the field.

TNS

Rams line­backer Dante Fowler forces a fum­ble by Seat­tle Sea­hawks quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son.

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