Exciting. Nail-biting. Heartbreaking. One of the best games of the NFL season.
These are only a few of the words that I used to describe last night’s Thursday Night Football contest between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. A game that saw four lead changes in the second half. A game that left Seahawks fans happy, and Rams fans heartbroken. The game came down to the power leg of Greg Zuerlein, who just missed a 44-yard field goal, and the Seahawks won the game by one point, 30-29.
The start of this game was low scoring, and to be honest, how I expected it to go. A game with two. teams historically known for their defenses. Through the first quarter, the score was 7-6 Seahawks. The Rams got their six points via two field goals from Legatron, and the Seahawks got their seven points via an amazing touchdown grab from Tyler Lockett (and the extra-point after).
At the half, the score was still a one-point lead for the Seahawks, 14-13. DK Metcalf would catch a 40-yard pass from Russell Wilson, and Cooper Kupp would catch one from Jared Goff. Extra points followed.
Coming into this game, a huge question surrounding the Rams was how Todd Gurley was going to be used in the offense. He did not have a touchdown in the first half. What was going on with Gurley?
Whatever questions people had about Gurley were all put to bed, as in the third quarter alone, Gurley had two touchdowns, single-handedly giving the Rams the 26-20 lead going into the third quarter. Whatever happened to the Seahawks defense, who held a powerful Rams offense in check during the first half?
That same Seahawks defense clutched up in the fourth quarter, holding the Rams to a single field goal. Late in the fourth quarter, when the Rams were driving, Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson intercepted a pass to halt momentum. That interception was almost for naught, as the Rams drove right back down the field after the Seahawks failed to convert on third and two.
Chris Carson caught a touchdown pass with 2:28 left in the game to give the Seahawks the 30-29 lead for good. Was it for good, though? Barely. After driving deep into Seahawks territory, Legatron came on for a 44-yard field goal. If he makes this field goal, the Rams have the 32-30 lead, and they escape Seattle and the 12th man with a tough win.
The snap. The kick. It looks like it is going to go just inside the right post.
The ball is traveling. And it misses. Just to the right of the right goal post. The Seahawks celebrate, and they escape with a close win.
Russell Wilson played the game of his life, and the Rams were on the cusp of a clutch win. The Seahawks are now suddenly a force to be reckoned with in the NFC, and the Rams? They have some questions surrounding them.