The Rams (4-10) lost to the Seahawks (9-4-1) on Thursday Night Football as Seattle clinched the NFC West title.
- Seahawks TE Luke Willson scores on a eight-yard reception (Seahawks 7, Rams 0)
- Seahawks K Steven Hauschka makes a 48-yard field goal (Seahawks 10, Rams 0)
- Rams K Greg Zuerlein makes a 36-year field goal (Seahawks 10, Rams 3)
- Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin catches a one-yard pass for a touchdown (Seahawks 17, Rams 3)
- Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett scores on a 57-yard catch (Seahawks 24, Rams 3)
The Rams might have suffered more than a loss on Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks.
Rookie quarterback Jared Goff left the game and was being evaluated for a concussion after absorbing a fourth-quarter hit in the Rams’ 24-3 defeat at CenturyLink Field.
Goff, the No. 1 pick in the draft, was injured after scrambling and absorbing a hit by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Goff got up and went to the Rams’ huddle, but officials called a medical timeout and Goff was removed from the game and then escorted to the locker room.
Goff’s injury was another blow for a franchise that was humiliated by the Atlanta Falcons four days before and fired Coach Jeff Fisher on Monday.
John Fassel took some chances and tried to inject some life into the Rams in his debut as interim coach.
He went for it on fourth down, called for long passes and fake punts and even lined up an offensive lineman in the backfield.
But that was hardly enough against the Seahawks.
The Rams lost for the ninth time in 10 games and dropped to 4-10.
The Seahawks beat the Rams for the first time in four games and clinched the NFC West by improving to 9-4-1.
Before he was injured, Goff continued to struggle on a night when the Rams worst-in-the-NFL offense produced 183 yards.
Goff was trying to bounce back from last Sunday’s performance against the Falcons, when he had two passes intercepted – including a pick six – and had the ball stripped and returned for a touchdown.
On Thursday, he completed 13 of 25 passes for 135 yards. He was sacked five times.
Todd Gurley rushed for 38 yards in 14 carries, 22 yards coming on one carry.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who had five passes intercepted in last week’s loss at Green Bay, completed 19 of 26 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.
Both teams looked sluggish four days after embarrassing losses on Sunday.
Wilson gave the Seahawks a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a short touchdown pass to tight end Luke Willson.
The Seahawks added a field goal, but the Rams pulled to within, 10-3, with a Greg Zuerlein field goal just before halftime.
The Rams appeared to create a break in the third quarter when linebacker Bryce Hager intercepted a pass in the end zone. But officials ruled that he did not have control of the ball when his second foot came down inbounds.
Wilson then tossed a short pass to Doug Baldwin for a 17-3 lead.
He added a 57-yard touchdown pass to receiver Tyler Lockett early in the fourth quarter for a 24-3 lead.
Alec Ogletree intercepted Russell Wilson and the Rams took over at their nine-yard line, but were unable to convert the turnover into any points.
Case Keenum, in at quarterback while Jared Goff is being evaluated for a concussion, completed three consecutive passes for five, 16 and six yards to start the drive.
But it stalled after a couple incompletions and one-yard run by Todd Gurley.
The Seahawks took a knee to end the game and clinch the NFC West.
Alec Ogletree intercepted Russell Wilson and returned it eight yards to the Rams' nine-yard line.
This game has turned into a chaotic mess.
Jon Ryan faked a punt and took off for a first down. He tried to move the ball from one arm to the other as he sprinted down field, then got tackled and knocked out. He was helped off the field.
Ryan gained 33 yards but is now being evaluated for a concussion.
Later, Aaron Donald was called for a personal foul for throwing the referees flag that landed near him.
Meanwhile, Jared Goff is being evaluated for a concussion.
Jared Goff saw an opening and took off. The rookie quarterback, however, didn't step out of bounds on the long run and instead Richard Sherman hit him out - hard.
Goff was taken out of the game by referees and shortly after walked into the locker room.
Case Keenum took over and, with nothing to lose, the Rams attempted a long fourth-down pass into the end zone. It fell incomplete and the Seahawks will takeover on downs at the Rams' 18-yard line.
Seahawks fans have started to trickle toward the exits, their team leading 24-3 with 7:19 remaining in the game.
The pain continues for the Rams.
Russell Wilson launched the ball into the air and CenturyLink Field started shaking before the ball even landed in Jonathan Lockett's hands - 57 yards away - for a touchdown.
The Seahawks have blown this game open, 24-3, with 14:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. The scoring drive covered 67 yards in five plays and took 1:43.
Thomas Rawls caught a six yards pass and rushed for four yards in two carries before Wilson threw down field.
Three-and-out for the Rams.
Todd Gurley was tackled for a four-yard loss, Lance Kendricks caught a five-yard pass and Jared Goff's third-and-nine attempt fell incomplete.
Gurley has rushed for 43 yards in 11 carries.
The Rams have yet to gain 100 yards of total offense. They have 93 yards.
CenturyLink Field erupted as Doug Baldwin separated from Troy Hill and caught a one-yard pass for a touchdown.
The Seahawks lead the Rams, 17-3, with 3:12 remaining in the third quarter. The scoring drive covered 62 yards in eight plays and took 4:37.
The Rams' defense broke down.
Baldwin caught a 17-yard pass, Jimmy Graham broke three tackles on a 31-yard reception and Luke Willson caught a nine-yard pass in the first three plays of the series.
Bryce Hager nearly intercepted Wilson in the end zone, but the pass was ruled incomplete. John Fassel through the challenge flag for a first time, but the call stood after review. It appeared Haged did not have control before going out of bounds.
Rams defensive back Michael Jordan was injured during the series.
Goff was sacked, fumbled and recovered the ball on the first play of the drive.
He was also sacked on the last play of the drive.
In between, Tavon Austin rushed for nine yards and the Seahawks were called offsides.
This isn't a pretty football game.
Goff has been sacked four times.
The Seahawks have nine penalties for 66 yards. The Rams have three for 25.
The Rams' defense continues to step up.
Alec Ogletree knocked down Russell Wilson's third-down pass and the Seahawks punted after eight plays.
Thomas Rawls struggled in the first half and rushed for nine yards in eight carries. He rushed for 21 yards in fives carries to start the second half.
Thomas Rawls ran the ball twice to run out the clock in the first half.
The Seahawks lead the Rams, 10-3.
Neither team has been stellar, or anywhere close to it, on offense.
The Rams have 97 total yards of offense. The Seahawks have 106.
Jared Goff has completed seven-of-15 passes for 67 yards. Todd Gurley has rushed for 47 yards in 10 carries.
Russell Wilson has completed 11-of-14 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams finally got the ball moving on offense and scored some points.
Greg Zuerlein kicked a 36-yard field goal and Rams trail the Seahawks, 10-3, with 55 seconds remaining in the first half. The drive covered 51 yards in eight plays and took 3:39.
The Rams ran back-to-back plays for more than 20 yards.
Jared Goff completed a 24-yard pass to Kenny Britt and then Todd Gurley bounced off the edge to gain 22 yards.
The drive stalled when Goff was nearly picked by Richard Sherman in the end zone, Gurley rushed for a yard and then Pharoh Cooper caught a pass far short of a first down.
The Seahawks series was doomed from the start.
Alec Ogletree made a tackle for a loss before the Seahawks committed a false start and Ethan Westbrooks sacked Russell Wilson.
John Ryan punted.
Wilson has been sacked twice and the Seahawks have been held to 103 total yards of offense.
Jared Goff was sacked and it looked painful. Media members in the press box even cringed.
Johnny Hekker punted.
The Rams continue to struggle on offense.
Greg Robinson was called for a false start, piling onto the disappointing season from the No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft.
Goff has moved well, for the most part, inside the pocket but he has had few (or no) open receivers against the Seahawks' defense.
The Seahawks took over on downs at the Rams' 30-yard line but traveled nowhere after a few nice plays by the Rams.
Nevertheless, Steven Hauschka kicked a 48-yard field goal and the Seahawks lead the Rams, 10-0, with 8:45 remaining in the second quarter. The four plays in the scoring drive took 2:03.
This game can't be an endorsement to continue Thursday Night Football.
Johnny Hekker, no record (yet) for you!
The Rams punter needs one more ball down inside the 20-yard line to set a record. Instead, the former high school quarterback attempted a fourth-down pass to Michael Thomas, but the pass fell incomplete.
The Seahawks will take over on the Rams' 30-yard line.
Malcolm Brown was tackled for a four-yard loss on the first play of the drive, digging the Rams a hole they couldn't get out of.
Between timeouts and challenges, this Thursday night game is just painful to watch.
Nevertheless, Russell Wilson completed an eight-yard pass to Luke Willson for a touchdown.
The Seahawks lead the Rams, 7-0, with 12:21 to play in the second quarter. The scoring drive covered 93 yards in 13 plays and took 6:47.
The Rams committed two penalties in the series, including a costly call on Dominique Easley for roughing the passer and then Alec Ogletree was called for holding on fourth-and-one.
Tyler Lockett caught 29-yard, six-yard and 15-yard passes. Rookie Michael Jordan has had a difficult time covering him.
Pete Carroll has challenged two calls and has won them both.
This time, the Seahawks are rewarded with a turnover on downs as Todd Gurley was ruled short of a first down on fourth-and-one.
The Seahawks take over at their seven-yard line.
The Rams were starting to move the ball well, despite a long drop from rookie receiver Michael Thomas and then later Jared Goff missing a wide (WIDE) open Brian Quick in the end zone.
Todd Gurley has rushed for 19 yards in five carries.
Kenny Britt was injured early in the series but returned a few plays later.
Two penalties helped the Rams slow down the Seahawks in their first offensive series.
Jon Ryan punted.
Russell Wilson completed three of four passes for 15 yards and Thomas Rawls rushed for five yards in two carries.
But penalties helped stall the drive.
It's a chilly night in Seattle. The temperature at kickoff was 37 degrees.
The Rams are off to a bad start against the Seahawks.
Jared Goff was sacked on third and long and Johnny Hekker punted.
Lance Kendricks missed a catchable ball on first down, Todd Gurley caught a short pass and was tackled for a two-yard loss on second down and then Goff couldn't get rid of the football with pressure coming.
Pharoh Cooper returned the opening kickoff with Benny Cunningham now on the injured reserve. Rookie Michael Thomas returned kicks last week, but had the unforgettable muff to start the game.