Seahawks defense strikes quickly in Seattle

AP

The Seahawks offense didn’t rebound from last week’s sluggish performance to open Week 17 against the Rams.

Seattle went three and out on the opening possession of the game after gaining five yards, but the Seahawks lead 7-0 thanks to some help on the other side of the field. Linebacker Malcolm Smith held onto a pass that went right through tight end Lance Kendricks’ hands and returned in 37 yards for a touchdown.

The Seahawks defense force a three and out on the next Rams possession, so the Seahawks offense now has the luxury of trying to get back on track with a lead in their pocket.

The Seahawks wrap up the NFC West and home field advantage in the NFC playoffs with a victory over the Rams on Sunday. The Rams have not won in Seattle since 2004.