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Seahawks stay in playoff image with additional time win over Rams

Jason Myers kicked a 32-yard subject purpose halfway via additional time, and the Seattle Seahawks saved their playoff hopes alive with a 19-16 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Myers missed from 46 yards when he hit the upright on the ultimate play of regulation, however given one other shot in additional time, the Pro Bowler linked on his fourth subject purpose of the sport and the Seahawks’ postseason possibilities stayed alive for a couple of extra hours.

Seattle (9-8) eradicated Detroit from playoff competition however nonetheless wanted a Lions win or tie in opposition to Green Bay on Sunday evening to succeed in the playoffs because the No. 7 seed within the NFC. The Packers would seize that spot and get rid of the Seahawks with a win.

Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in overtime at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in additional time at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.
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Geno Smith had a shaky efficiency, throwing two interceptions to Jalen Ramsey. But he threw a 36-yard landing go to Tyler Lockett within the first half and made a number of key lays late to place Seattle in place to win.

Smith completed 19 of 31 for 214 yards and rookie Kenneth Walker III rushed for 114 yards for Seattle.

Baker Mayfield was 13 of 26 for 147 yards and was intercepted on the one possession of additional time for the Super Bowl champion Rams (5-12), whose nightmarish, injury-riddled title protection mercifully got here to an finish.

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Seattle went three-and-out to start out the additional session, however the Rams didn’t capitalize. On Los Angeles’ second play, Mayfield had Van Jefferson large open deep however underthrew him barely, permitting Quandre Diggs to dash throughout the sector for the decide. It was the primary turnover of the sport for the Rams.

Smith instantly hit Lockett on a 17-yard completion and Walker had a 20-yard run to place Seattle in subject purpose vary. Given a second probability at a game-winner, Myers got here via along with his thirty fourth subject purpose in 37 tries this season.

Jason Myers #5 of the Seattle Seahawks kicks the winning field goal against the Los Angeles Rams during overtime to win the game at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

Jason Myers #5 of the Seattle Seahawks kicks the profitable subject purpose in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams throughout additional time to win the sport at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.
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It was an underwhelming efficiency in a must-win recreation by the Seahawks, particularly within the first half. Smith was intercepted by Ramsey on the primary play of the sport and Seattle scored its solely TD on Lockett’s catch early within the third quarter.

Cam Akers rushed for 104 yards for the Rams to conclude the season with three straight 100-plus-yard video games.

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Lockett grew to become the second participant in Seahawks historical past with 4 consecutive seasons of no less than 1,000 yards receiving, becoming a member of Hall of Famer Steve Largent. Lockett topped the 1,000-yard mark on his TD catch early within the second half.

Ramsey had his first recreation with two or extra interceptions with the Rams. His final recreation with a number of interceptions got here on Nov. 18, 2018 whereas taking part in for Jacksonville in opposition to Pittsburgh.

WAGNER RETURNS

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in overtime at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in additional time at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.
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Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner was an opponent at Lumen Field for the primary time in his profession. Unlike Russell Wilson’s return in Week 1, which was crammed with boos, Wagner was greeted with a standing ovation from followers when he walked out for the coin toss as the one Rams consultant. Seattle followers chanted “Bobby!” as he stood at midfield giving hugs to a few of his former Seattle teammates.

Wagner completed with seven tackles and one sort out for loss.

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