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LOS ANGELES — The Rams and Seahawks have played a close 30 minutes, with the score tied 10-10 at the break. Here are a few notes from the first half.
JOHNSON STARTS, MAKES IT CLEAR WHY
Rookie safety John Johnson started at strong safety and made it clear why he was in the game early and often.
The Boston College product broke up a few deep passes early — when it was clear the Seahawks were trying to text the young player. Then in the second quarter, Johnson made a key takeaway that put the Rams in position to score.
Seattle had the ball on Los Angeles' 15, when Johnson undercut tight end Luke Willson's route and intercepted quarterback Russell Wilson's pass. Johnson nearly returned the pick to the house, but was stopped at Seattle's 19-yard line.
L.A. scored a field goal to capitalize on the takeaway.
Safety Cody Davis, starting for injured Lamarcus Joyner, gave the Rams an extra possession with an interception on a Seattle trick play.
On 1st-and-10 from the Seattle 32 — the first play of the Seahawks' drive — wide receiver Tanner McEvoy received a handoff in the backfield and set up to pass to the far side of the field. The attempt to running back J.D. McKissic was underthrown, though, and Davis was there to make an interception on the defense's left.
Wide receiver Tavon Austin scored his first touchdown of the season to capitalize on Davis' interception.
On 3rd-and-11, Austin lined up in the backfield as the running back next to quarterback Jared Goff and took a handoff on an inside run. The play was blocked well, and Austin used his speed to get into the end zone for the first points of the game.
The Rams moved the ball well offensively on their first drive, but had a touchdown overturned on a costly fumble.
On 2nd-and-5 from the Seattle 12-yard line, Goff faked a handoff to Austin on a jet sweep to the right, then uses a backhand flip to pitch the ball to running back Todd Gurley on the left. Gurley appeared to reach the end zone, extending the ball over the pylon.
But on further review, Gurley had actually fumbled before stepping out of bounds at the one-yard line. The ball, however, was already loose and hit the pylon for a touchback.
Austin also had trouble catching a pair of punts in the first half, muffing both. Austin signaled for a fair catch on both punts. He recovered the first, but Seattle recovered the second to give the visitors an extra possession in L.A. territory.
FAST START DEFENSIVELY
The Rams got off to a strong start defensively with a pair of big plays by defensive tackle Aaron Donald and linebacker Alec Ogletree.
Though Seattle was able to gain a first down, Donald wrecked the start of the next drive by tackling running back Eddie Lacy in the backfield for a four-yard loss. After an incomplete pass broken up by rookie safety John Johnson, Ogletree sacked quarterback Russell Wilson for a six-yard loss to force a punt.