SEATTLE — Los Angeles faced adversity with injuries and missed opportunities throughout the game, but was still able to come away with a 33-31 victory over Seattle to improve to 5-0 on the season.
L.A. had two chances to put points on the board early in the game, but came away empty on both possessions. With JoJo Natson inactive, safety Blake Countess took back the opening kickoff to the visitors 39. But the offense sputtered to a rare three-and-out.
The defense did its job to force a punt, and linebacker Cory Littleton did what he does best — block a punt. With punter Michael Dickson kicking deep in his own territory, Littleton burst through the left side of the return team and got his hand on the ball. It went five yards to the right, were safety Marqui Christian was there to recover the loose ball. Christian returned it 11 yards to the Seattle 13-yard line.
Though the Rams were able to get down to the Seattle two-yard line, quarterback Jared Goff's pass to running back Todd Gurley was tipped in the end zone and intercepted by defensive end Frank Clark.
The Seahawks took advantage of the extra possession, going down the field to score a six-yard rushing touchdown from running back Mike Davis.
Down 7-0, L.A. came back to tie the game with a two-yard score from Gurley. On the first play of the series, Goff completed a deep cross off play action to Kupp for 27 yards, getting L.A. in Seattle territory.
But Gurley would do the rest, taking a swing pass 19 yards, and a handoff 16 yards before going into the end zone on a two-yard run. With kicker Cairo Santos' extra point, L.A. tied the game.
With No. 30's plunge into the end zone, he became the first player with a touchdown in eight consecutive regular-season games since Jamaal Charles back in 2014.
The Rams would have an opportunity to go up by a touchdown early in the second quarter to cap a long drive. But a shovel pass from Goff to Gurley came up one-yard short on the left side, and Gurley was stuffed on 3rd-and-goal from the one. Los Angeles settled for a Santos 19-yard field goal to go up 10-7.
Seattle came right back, with Wilson connecting with wideout Tyler Lockett on a 39-yard deep pass to go up 14-10. But L.A. got the lead back with an eight-play, 70-yard drive that got down the field in a hurry. Goff completions to Gurley and Kupp advanced the visitors into Seattle territory. Tight end Tyler Higbee then made a strong-awareness catch after a ball over the middle went off of Kupp, as Higbee caught it and ran for 17 yards.
A few plays later, Goff faked to Gurley on the left, rolled to his right and hit Kupp. The wide receiver made a man miss and went into the end zone for a six-yard touchdown.
Seattle, however, tied the game at 17 with a 52-yard field goal with 1:55 left in the second quarter. Though Los Angeles made it down to the home team's 30 on their ensuing two-minute drill, the offense went backwards from there. Goff ended up firing a Hail Mary pass to end the second quarter and was intercepted in the end zone — marking Goff's first multi-interception game since Week 5 against Seattle in 2017.
Defensive stops were hard to come by early in the second half, as the Seahawks outscored the Rams 14-7 in the third quarter. Seattle scored a touchdown on the opening possession of the half, driving 75 yards in nine plays. Wilson made an off-schedule play to get the ball to wide receiver David Moore in the back of the end zone for a three-yard touchdown.
Los Angeles came back on the ensuing drive to go 64 yards in nine plays, ending with a Gurley two-yard touchdown to tie the game. With wideouts Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp both sidelined by a concussion, wide receivers Josh Reynolds and KhaDarel Hodge had to sub in. Reynolds caught passes for 22 and 17 yards, then took a jet sweep for 10 yards on the possession. With 3rd-and-goal from the Seattle two, Gurley ran it in behind some strong blocking from his offensive line, and the extra point tied the game at 24.
But the topsy-turvy nature of the game continued, with the Seahawks once again taking the lead with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Moore. Los Angeles had trouble stopping the run on that possession, with running back Chris Carson taking a 21-yard carry on 3rd-and-1 from the Seattle 45 to keep the drive alive.
The Rams responded with a touchdown of their own, getting going with a 56-yard run on a jet sweep to the right by wideout Robert Woods. L.A. went for it on 4th-and-2 from the 10, and got some help as the Seahawks were called for defensive pass interference to give the visitors a first down. Gurley then ran it in from five-yards out for his third touchdown of the game.
Santos, however, missed the extra point to keep the score at 31-30, Seattle.
Needing a big stop, the defense finally tightened up and got one. Rushing from the left end on 3rd-and-10 from the Seattle 36, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh took down Wilson for his third sack of the season.
After a punt, Los Angeles got the ball at its own 18 but was able to go down the field to take the lead. Goff connected with Woods on consecutive completions of 20 and 17 yards, putting L.A. scoring position. While the drive stalled just before the club could get into the red zone, Santos connected on a 39-yard field goal to give L.A. a 33-31 lead.
Wilson looked like he put Seattle in scoring position on the ensuing drive with a 44-yard pass to Lockett. But a false start and offensive holding put Seattle in a bad spot. On 2nd-and-23, Littleton batted the ball away at the line of scrimmage. And on 3rd down, Littleton forced Wilson to throw the ball away.
After a punt, the Rams were able to get a first down, but came up short on the ensuing set of downs on a third-down run by Gurley. Going for it on 4th-and-short, Goff took a QB sneak for two yards to the L.A. 44. With Seattle having taken its final timeout, the Rams were able to take two kneel downs for a big victory on the road.
With the win, Los Angeles is 5-0. The club will be back on the road next week to play the Broncos.