Seahawks up 13-0 at the half

AP

The Seahawks offense doesn’t look totally recovered from last week’s rough outing against the Cardinals, but their defense is in fine shape.

The Rams have just 54 yards at halftime and the Seahawks have forced a pair of turnovers on their way to a 13-0 lead. A win secures top billing and home field advantage in the NFC playoffs for the NFC West champions.

Malcolm Smith returned one Kellen Clemens interception for a touchdown and cornerback Byron Maxwell picked off another Clemens pass to give the offense time to find its footing. Russell Wilson was able to lead a couple of field goal drives, but sacks and penalties kept them from putting more points on the board.

Thanks to the defense, that hasn’t been a major problem. Based on what we’ve seen throughout the season, things aren’t likely to change much for a Rams team playing without wide receiver Tavon Austin again this week.

The Rams have also hurt themselves with penalties on both defense and special teams in a game that’s been physical and testy. The Seahawks have thrived in those kinds of games all year and they’ll just need to hold on for 30 more minutes to make it pay off with the top seed.