NFL

Seattle Seahawks wrap up NFC West title with win over Rams

Dec 27, 2020, 6:01 PM
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) runs after a reception as Los Angeles Rams cornerbac...
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) runs after a reception as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (22) attempts the tackle during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks claimed the NFC West title with a 20-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, with Russell Wilson throwing a 13-yard TD pass to Jacob Hollister with 2:51 left for the clinching score.

Seattle earned its first division title since 2016 and its fifth since Pete Carroll arrived in 2010 behind a stellar defensive effort and a clutch late drive engineered by Wilson.

Seattle’s quarterback scored on a 4-yard run on the opening drive of the second half for a 13-6 lead. But the final drive was Wilson at his best: Wilson was 5 for 5 for 59 yards on the drive, hitting four different receivers.

Wilson connecting with Hollister was a bit of redemption for the tight end who was stopped inches short of the same end zone on the final play a year ago in Week 17 against San Francisco. That gave the division title to the 49ers.

Wilson finished 20 of 32 for 225 yards. But unlike earlier in the season when it was Wilson that staked Seattle to a 5-0 start, this victory was carried by the defense. Seattle flustered Jared Goff, shut down the Rams’ run game, and held Los Angeles to a season-low in points.

The Rams became the fifth straight opponent held under 20 points by Seattle, something accomplished only four other times in franchise history and not since 2014 — the last time the Seahawks reached the Super Bowl.

Goff was 23 of 42 for 224 yards and a baffling first-half interception that cost Los Angeles points. Darrell Henderson Jr. rushed for 62 yards before leaving in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

The Rams can still reach the playoffs with a win over Arizona in Week 17, but the past two weeks have changed the tenor of their season. Last week’s shocking loss to the then-winless New York Jets cost the Rams control of the division. Now, Los Angeles risks missing the playoffs entirely if it loses to the Cardinals and Chicago beats Green Bay next Sunday.

RUN DOWN

One of the biggest plays of the game came when Henderson injured his ankle midway through the third quarter. The big running back appeared on his way to the end zone, only to get tripped up from behind by Jamal Adams.

Already without Cam Akers due to an ankle injury, Henderson’s absence left Malcolm Brown as the primary running back the rest of the way.

Henderson’s injury and Adams hustle on the play proved critical. Goff was stuffed on a third-and-goal sneak from the 1, and Brown was stopped short of the goal line on fourth down.

STILL PERFECT

Jason Myers hit field goals of 45 and 49 yards in the first half to account for the Seahawks’ scoring. Myers has made 33 straight field goal attempts dating to last season.

HI AARON

Rams DT Aaron Donald sacked Wilson once, giving him 85 ½ for his career. That’s the third most in the first seven seasons of a career, behind DeMarcus Ware (99 ½) and Reggie White (95).

UP NEXT

Rams: Los Angeles will host Arizona in Week 17.

Penguin Air

NFL

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns takes off his helmet as he warms up during the Cleveland ...
Associated Press

Deshaun Watson suspension appeal ‘right thing to do,’ says Roger Goodell

Commissioner Roger Goodell said he feels the NFL needed to keep pushing for a year-long suspension for Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson.
6 days ago
...
Nikash Nath

Jets, Bengals and Eagles drop new alternate helmets

The Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets revealed new alternate helmets Friday ahead of the 2022 season.
24 days ago
FILE - Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson kneels on the field during an NFL football pract...
Associated Press

30 women settle claims with Texans related to QB Deshaun Watson

30 women who had accused the Texans of turning a blind eye to allegations against QB Deshaun Watson have settled claims against the team.
1 month ago
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the ...
Associated Press

Cleveland Browns trade quarterback Baker Mayfield to Panthers

Baker Mayfield's rocky run with Cleveland officially ended Wednesday when the Browns traded the QB to the Panthers for a future draft pick.
1 month ago
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson throws a pass during an NFL football practice at FirstE...
Associated Press

NFL insisting on indefinite suspension for Browns QB Deshaun Watson

The hearing for Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson started Tuesday with the NFL insisting on an indefinite suspension for the signal caller.
2 months ago
FILE - Tony Siragusa, defensive tackle for the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens, holds the Vinc...
Associated Press

Former NFL lineman, TV personality Tony ‘Goose’ Siragusa dies at 55

Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died. He was 55.
2 months ago
Seattle Seahawks wrap up NFC West title with win over Rams