Sunday Night wrap-up: Rams handle the Seahawks 28-12

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Sean McVay might start getting people hired as head coaches again.

The Rams head coach, whose offense seemed to plateau this year, had his guys back in gear in Sunday’s 28-12 win over the Seahawks.

Despite a pair of Jared Goff interceptions, the Rams moved the ball efficiently throughout the night.

Goff finished 22-of-31 for 293 yards. He had a pair of touchdown passes early, as they built a lead they wouldn’t surrender.

They also had Todd Gurley involved, which hasn’t always been the case. Gurley finished with 23 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown.

The win keeps the Rams (8-5) alive for the final wild card spot, a game behind the Vikings for the sixth seed.

The Seahawks (10-3) missed an opportunity to clinch their own spot, though that seems inevitable. But the difference between home games throughout the playoffs and the fifth seed is a significant, if only because you’ll have to get on an airplane to go see the NFC East winner.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. Maybe it’s his background in baseball, where the starting pitchers put on jackets between innings in the middle of the summer.

But it was a bit weird for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to be wearing a parka on the sidelines when he wasn’t on the field.

It was far from a chilly night in Los Angeles, and it could have simply been a fashion choice.

Or perhaps he didn’t feel great, which you might surmise from looking at a box score. Wilson was 22-of-36 for 245 yards and an interception, and like his team, seemed to lack any amount of juice.

2. The Lions thought they didn’t need Quandre Diggs.

The Lions were wrong.

Diggs has found an immediate home in the back of the Seattle secondary, while the Lions are already eliminated from playoff contention at 3-9-1.

Diggs had a pair of interceptions in the second half, returning one for a touchdown. That gave him three in four games since joining the Seahawks.

Of course, the Lions got a 2020 fifth-round pick in exchange, and that guy might turn into a Hall of Famer or something. But they also had to send a 2021 seventh back to Seahawks for the privilege of improving their secondary.

The Lions had given Diggs a three-year, $18.6 million contract extension in September, 2018, but soured so quickly they just wanted rid of his contract. So I guess mission accomplished. Unless the point is being good at football.

3. Tyler Higbee is full of the Christmas spirit. Or something.

The Rams tight end has been incredible in December, with a pair of 100-yard games this month.

He had seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals last week, and seven catches for 116 yards against the Seahawks.

He hadn’t gained more than 47 yards in any non-December game this year, and only broke the elusive 25-yard barrier twice.

4. The Seahawks clearly missed Rashaad Penny, who left early in the game with a knee injury.

He had become a bigger part of their offense in recent weeks, when he was getting more work in response to Chris Carson fumbling.

He had 14 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles, and a combined 107 yards from scrimmage and two scores last week against the Vikings.

Penny was quickly ruled out, and they can only hope it’s not serious, as he gave them a certain balance.

5. The call of the night came from referee Shawn Hochuli, who held up play in the second quarter.

“We need the cheerleaders off the field please,” he said.

There was a gaggle of Rams cheerleaders and a mascot dancing at the time, spending more time in the end zone than the Seahawks offense did.

45 responses to “Sunday Night wrap-up: Rams handle the Seahawks 28-12

  1. Vikings took too much out of the Hawks on Monday and Seattle doesn’t get as many calls on the roads as at home.

  2. Seattle loses, and the football world rejoices. All those “12’s” commenting on Niners threads talking about how we are going to be the #5 seed and the NFC goes through Seattle. Enjoy that L and the 5th seed. 🤣

  3. Seattle finally plays a team that isn’t missing their top playmakers on offense and they got their stuff giftwrapped and handed to them. When Wilson isn’t playing on God mode, that team is pretty mediocre.

  4. Hahaha hope you enjoyed your one week of glory cause the Niners are back in their rightful place atop the NFC west and #1 seed in the NFC! Thanks for keeping it warm for us! Big brother will take over from here now 😉 have fun battling the lambs for a wild card spot! 😂😂😂

  5. Week 17 still looms large.

    Seattle got embarrassed tonight, no excuses

    Rams looking a lot more like last year’s team than the one we’ve seen most of this year.

    Would love to see them slip in the playoffs over Minnesota.

    Keep squawking 9ers fans, we all know you are afraid this is as good as your season will get so you gotta make noise about it now

  6. After the Niners game, a Seahawks fan went on a rant about how the Niners were still the 5 seed. I guess he forgot the Seahawks had a game tonight. Apparently the Seahawks forgot they had a game tonight because they didn’t show up at all.

  7. I suppose it’s possible that letting Quandre Diggs go for a 5th is just “the Lions being the Lions”, but it seems more likely that there was a good reason that they traded a guy that they had a significant investment in. He’s playing great for the Hawks so far, but it’s awfully soon to be qualifying that trade.

    Yes, sometimes the Lions make some headscratchers with personnel, but it’s a good bet that there was a reason they parted with Diggs. My guess is that we’ll find out at some point.

  8. aj66shanghai says:
    December 8, 2019 at 11:42 pm
    Week 17 still looms large.

    Seattle got embarrassed tonight, no excuses

    Rams looking a lot more like last year’s team than the one we’ve seen most of this year.

    Would love to see them slip in the playoffs over Minnesota.

    Keep squawking 9ers fans, we all know you are afraid this is as good as your season will get so you gotta make noise about it now
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    Dude, it’s the Seahawk fans that are doing all the squawking by super trollIng every 49er tread.

  9. not much to say – rams were better on both sides of the ball – esp in the first half. when they’re in rhythm running that offense, this version of the rams has kind of had the Hawks number the past couple years.

    still – it’s a road loss against a team that needed it more, and it’s just one game. re group and win the next one. 10-3 ain’t bad.

    sucks about Penny though – he was finally finding his game. the 1-2 running game bunch felt like it was going to be a real asset.

  10. Looked to this unaffiliated observer that the Hawks were pretty dinged up on defense, and even then they made some plays. If Rams fans believe the last two games against low-ranked and injured defenses supposedly signifies a return of the Rams offense run by the wonder boy, I suspect they are in for a bit of dissappointment

  11. Looks like it comes down to week 17 (game 16, beofre anyone points out there are only 16 games per team in the regular season) for the NFCW title.
    Have to say the Seahawks dont look that imposing, their lofty record notwithstanding.

  12. I watched this game only because the Rams are the Cowboys next opponent. That’s the way I am. I only watch Cowboys games and Cowboys’ next opponent games. I watch the highlights of all the games to keep up with what is going on in the league, but my main concern is with Dallas and their next opponent.

    The Rams looked impressive, like a team motivated to win. The Cowboys, in their last three games, looked like a team uninspired.

    So, it’s going to be a game this Sunday. The division title, playoff seeding, hang in the balance.

    How many curse words is Jerry Jones going to say on air, if the Rams come into Dallas and trounce the Cowboys?

  13. aj66shanghai says:
    December 8, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Week 17 still looms large.

    Seattle got embarrassed tonight, no excuses

    Rams looking a lot more like last year’s team than the one we’ve seen most of this year.

    Would love to see them slip in the playoffs over Minnesota.

    Keep squawking 9ers fans, we all know you are afraid this is as good as your season will get so you gotta make noise about it now

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    Most of this is correct, except when you had to join the 9er bashing.
    I’ve found most of your posts quite rational. Any unbiased football fan can see the niners are for real this year.

  14. “There was a gaggle of Rams cheerleaders and a mascot dancing at the time, spending more time in the end zone than the Seahawks offense did.”

    OUCH! The truth hurts!

  15. Despite a pair of Jared Goff interceptions, the Rams moved the ball efficiently throughout the night.

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    Always gotta take a cheap dig whenever talking about certain “kinds” of QB’s these days, huh?

    Goff lit it up and Goff cruised the Rams to the win. End of discussion. Goff yet again put up more than double the numbers of 105 yard Lamar. Give respect where respect is due.

  16. jmethane says:
    December 8, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Enjoy all the Niners fans in this thread who show up after wins. You should be here for the losses too.
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    Hmmmm. Where is this guy? Nowhere to be seen. Seahawks are trash. Played their best game of the year vs the Niners and it took a missed FG for them to win it. Rams just crushed then dudes and put an end to the Wilson MVP talk.

  17. The Penny injury was big. And the Seattle defense was atrocious. Poor decisions and poor reads, or so it looked. But I suspect there’s more to it than that.

    It’s time to face the facts: Ken Norton may not be up for the job; coaching is not coordinating and some guys just can’t make the leap.

  18. Pretty clear from theses comments that Seattle’s consistent success in the Pete Carroll era has taken a serious psychological toll on some Niner fans.

    Yikes. The cringeworthy pettiness is embarrassing, unbecoming.
    Niners have a strong roster. After all those recent top draft picks…they sure should!

    Congrats on finally having a good season again. Just don’t Bill Gramatica yourselves out there, celebrating too vigorously in Week 14…

  19. niners816 says:
    December 8, 2019 at 11:28 pm
    Seattle loses, and the football world rejoices. All those “12’s” commenting on Niners threads talking about how we are going to be the #5 seed and the NFC goes through Seattle. Enjoy that L and the 5th seed. 🤣
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    And when San Fran was undefeated you and yours were doing the same. So whats your point?

    Seattle still controls its own destiny in the division. Those freaking out over one loss are wasting energy.

  20. It was a boring win vs a Lion team that has tossed in the towel, but a win just the same. Underestimate the Chargers resolve to finish their season with pride and it will be another NFC North team heading home from the West with a loss. Including the Chargers, the next three weeks Vikes better play for their playoff lives or they will be cleaning up the Rams post season left overs.

  21. Not a lot of Seahawk fans on this site today. They’ve gone scurrying back into the shadows.

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    Well duh, losing a game like that sucks. Most of us real fans need a couple hours in the morning to take the kids to school etc before coming in here and facing the music.

    But here, nonetheless.

  22. In the NFC west…

    Why do people constintly harken to what place they are in now ?

    Its meaningless…

    The season doesnt end now… Both teams control their destinies.

  23. Funny thing is that the LAmbs offense actually scored slightly fewer points than they did up in the loss up in Seattle. It is not their offense that won this game, but their D.

  24. all of the negatives about last night are true – but those two drops on 4th and 1, and 3rd and 7 – were absolute killers.

  25. venomraider says:
    December 9, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Despite a pair of Jared Goff interceptions, the Rams moved the ball efficiently throughout the night.

    —-

    Always gotta take a cheap dig whenever talking about certain “kinds” of QB’s these days, huh?

    Goff lit it up and Goff cruised the Rams to the win. End of discussion. Goff yet again put up more than double the numbers of 105 yard Lamar. Give respect where respect is due.

    Buddy, you NAILED it. So many “experts’ (especially the ones on this site) rejoice in any Goff mistake. He could throw for 600 yards (one day he might actually do it) and these guys will say he looked awkward and goofy and Dak is clearly better. The analysis is so bad and the bias so obvious its becoming comical.

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