Rams hold Seahawks at bay after Russell Wilson leaves game

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Matthew Stafford threw for 365 yards and a touchdown when the Los Angeles Rams defeated host Seattle Seahawks 26-17 on Thursday night.

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The Seahawks were without quarterback Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter after he injured the middle finger of his right hand, hitting him in the arm of Rams running back Aaron Donald in a pass attempt.

Wilson finished the night with 11 of 16 passes for 152 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Darrell Henderson Jr. rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries for the Rams (4-1). Stafford was 25-of-37, hitting Robert Woods 12 times for 150 yards.

The Seahawks (2-3) snapped a nine-game winning streak in Thursday night’s games.

Seattle edged closer to 16-14 when backup Geno Smith engineered a 98-yard scoring drive early in the fourth quarter, capped by a 23-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf. Smith was 5 of 5 for 72 yards on the drive and finished 10 of 17 for 131 yards.

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The Rams responded with their own touchdown drive, when Sony Michel scored on a 2-yard dash to make it 23-14 with 6:08 to play.

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Seattle’s Jason Myers kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2:45 left to make it 23-17.

The Seahawks recovered the ball with 2:09 left, but Smith’s pass on the next play was intercepted by Los Angeles safety Nick Scott after intended receiver Tyler Lockett tripped over a defender.

Los Angeles’ Matt Gay kicked a 47-yard field goal with 24 seconds remaining to cap the score.

After losing 7-3 at intermission, the Rams took their first lead on their first possession of the second half, when Henderson scored on a 5-yard run.

The Rams scored again on their next drive, with Stafford hitting tight end Taylor Higbee on a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it 16-7 with 4:46 left in the fourth.

The Seahawks broke a scoreless tie with 9:04 left in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass from Wilson to Metcalf.

31-yard Gay put the Rams within 7-3 with 1:12 left at the half.

Seahawks leading running back Chris Carson was inactive during the game due to a neck injury. Alex Collins rushed 15 times for 47 yards in Carson’s absence.


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