Amidst the local Southern California tragedies, the Los Angeles Rams returned to the L.A. Coliseum to host the Seattle Seahawks. It was another close contest among NFC West divisional rivals, but the Rams won this matchup, 36-31.
The Seahawks drew first blood with an 8-yard Russell Wilson touchdown pass to Nick Vannett. The Rams responded quickly when Jared Goff found his TE Gerald Everett for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Rookie RB Rashaad Penny wasted no time finding holes in the Rams defense, and scored on an 18-yard touchdown run; Seahawks took the lead, 14-7.
The Rams settled on a 35-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to trim the lead to 14-10 early in the second quarter. Both defenses stopped offensive production until Todd Gurley scored on a 17-yard run to take the lead, 17-14.
The defensive presence for both teams continued entering the second half. The Rams broke the offensive silence 9:44 left in the third quarter. Zuerlein hit his second field goal of the game to increase the lead, 20-14. The Seahawks retook the lead at 21-20 courtesy of a Wilson 23-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett and a slew of costly penalties against the Rams.
The first play of the fourth quarter was a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Higbee for the Rams to regain the lead. The Rams failed to convert a 2-point conversion, keeping the score at 26-21. Sebastian Jankowski trimmed the Rams’ lead to 26-24 after nailing a 33-yard field goal. Pete Carroll made a costly decision by going for an onside kick that failed. The Rams capitalized with a Zuerlein 20-yard chip shot to increase the lead, 29-24. Dante Fowler Jr. made up for his previous costly penalties with a fumble recovery deep in the Rams’ red zone. This resulted in a Brandin Cooks 9-yard rushing touchdown. The Rams added to their lead, 36-24. The Seahawks did not back down, and trimmed the lead to 36-31, but that would be the final.
The Los Angeles Rams will travel to Mexico City to take on the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs. This will be a Monday night game held on November 19, and kickoff will begin at 5:15 p.m. PST.