The Los Angeles Rams are finding their stride as crunch time approaches in the NFL.
As a result, the Seattle Seahawks must wait at least a week to clinch their spot in the playoffs.
Jared Goff threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns and Todd Gurley ran for 79 yards and a touchdown as the Rams beat the Seahawks 28-12 on Sunday night at the L.A. Coliseum.
The result halted a five-game winning streak for Seattle (10-3) and knocked the Seahawks a game back of San Francisco in the NFC West. The 49ers (11-2) won a dramatic 48-46 shootout in New Orleans on Sunday to — at least for now — reclaim the top spot in the NFC.
The Rams (8-5) defense keyed their win over the Seahawks, holding Seattle to only six points on offense. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked five times. Wilson finished 22 of 36 for 245 yards and one interception.
The Seahawks lost running back Rashaad Penny to a sprained knee ligament early in the game. Seattle finished with 106 rushing yards, 76 from Chris Carson (on 15 carries).
Seattle's only touchdown came early in the third quarter when Quandre Diggs intercepted Goff and went 55 yards. Jason Myers missed the extra point, so Los Angeles still led 21-9.
The Rams' four touchdown drives covered 75, 85, 72 and 95 yards. Gurley had the fourth TD, a 7-yard run early in the fourth quarter that made it 28-9 and pretty much ended the suspense. Malcom Brown had a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Robert Woods (2 yards) and Cooper Kupp (10 yards) caught scoring passes from Goff in the second quarter.
Seattle plays at Carolina at 10 a.m. Sunday, then plays host to Arizona on Dec. 22 and San Francisco on Dec. 29 to close the regular season.
The Seahawks are currently in the first wild card spot in the NFC. Minnesota (9-4) holds the second wild card, just ahead of the Rams whose remaining games are at Dallas, at San Francisco and home against Arizona.
The 49ers play host to the Falcons next week and the Rams on Dec. 21 before closing with the game at Seattle.
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