Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks Wild Card Recap
The Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks, 30-20, as a three-point underdog. The Rams defense was fantastic in this ball game. John Wolford made his second consecutive start at the quarterback position. Wolford got hurt in the first quarter and was replaced by Jared Goff — who still looked bothered by the broken thumb he suffered in Week 17. Neither Rams quarterback did much in the game. Rather, it was their defense that carried them to victory.
Seattle was held to under 300 yards in the game, and their offense seemed to lack any imagination given the repeated run plays that were called on fourth down. It wasn’t a good day at the office for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer at any stretch.
The Seahawks essentially beat themselves with poor play-calling and execution because they faced a Rams team that wasn’t going to get much out of their quarterback, who was essentially operating as a game manager. Los Angeles ran the ball 43 times for 164 yards and won the time of possession battle by roughly seven minutes. Each team threw for less than 200 yards, and somehow the total managed to go over 42.5. Perhaps the most surprising thing was that the Rams won the game with All-Pro pass rusher Aaron Donald on the sidelines for much of the second half.
Overall, this was quite a performance by the Rams defense. If you’re Seattle, you have to wonder if Schottenheimer is still the guy to lead this offense, particularly if they continue to struggle to take advantage of the weapons they have on offense. It’s almost unconscionable to lose that game at home against a quarterback who can barely throw the ball a week after surgery and a defense that was without Donald for much of the game.