5:20 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle
TV: FOX | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: Amazon Prime
2:08 | Seahawks 30, Rams 29 The Seahawks handed Jared Goff and the explosive Rams’ offense the ball back with over two minutes left. It could have spelled trouble. Instead, Seattle forces the Rams into a third-and-long. Goff appears to throw incomplete, with Tedric Thompson nearly coming up with an interception. Except … replay shows the ball never hit the ground and Thompson came up with an interception instead.
2:28 | Seahawks 30, Rams 29 Chris Carson has had trouble holding on to the football. It almost bites him and the Seahawks again on fourth down, with the game essentially on the line. Russell Wilson rolls out, baiting Carson’s defender in. Wilson lobs the ball to Carson, who bobbles it but pulls it in after Seattle’s collective hearts came to a stop for second.
9:19 | Rams 29, Seahawks 24 Pete Carroll and Sean McVay trade misguided challenges on this drive that each cost their teams a timeout. Ultimately, the Rams are able to drive into the red zone but are forced to settle for another Greg Zuelein field goal, extending their lead back to five.
13:41 | Rams 26, Seahawks 24 The Seahawks’ drive stalls in the red zone when Mike Iupati is called for holding and Russell Wilson isn’t able to connect with Jaron Brown on third and 17. Jason Myers comes on for a 42-yard kick to pull Seattle within a field goal.
Quick-hit thoughts from Adam Jude after three quarters:
- Defensive breakdowns: There have been many of them for the Seahawks tonight. Too many? And more to the point: Is this the worst tackling team Pete Carroll has had in Seattle. It feels like a relevant question tonight.
- Rookie Ugo Amadi made a great play on a Michael Dickson punt to down the ball at the Rams’ 1-yard line. That set up the Seahawks’ defense for a quick three-and-out, which then set up the Seattle offense in prime field position … leading to Russell Wilson’s third touchdown pass of the game, on a swing pass to David Moore, who juked ex-Husky Marcus Peters on a run into the end zone to give the Seahawks a short-lived 21-20 lead.
- Have we mentioned Russell Wilson yet tonight? Because he’s really good. Through three quarters, Wilson has a perfect passer rating (158.3), completing 15 of 19 passes for 251 yards and three TDs. On the season, he has 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.
3:07 | Rams 26, Seahawks 21 The Rams answer right back and make it look easy. They drive 75 yards in five plays, starting the drive with a chunk run by Brandin Cooks. Todd Gurley finishes it off with a one-yard run and the Rams go for two. Jared Goff keeps it up the middle and is initially ruled in, but the two-point attempt is ruled no good after review.
5:45 | Seahawks 21, Rams 20 The Seahawks answer with a Russell Wilson screen pass to David Moore, which he jets 10 yards past Marcus Peters and into the end zone for his first touchdown of the year. Seattle’s drive started in Rams territory after Michael Dickson pinned the Rams at their own 2-yard line and they couldn’t budge from there.
12:07 | Rams 20, Seahawks 14 The Seahawks’ failure to score on that last drive of the first half continues to come back to bite them. The Rams have strung together consecutive drives of 58, 62 and 75 yards for 14 unanswered points.
Quick-hit thoughts from Adam Jude after the first half:
- What a momentum swing in the final two minutes, and what a missed opportunity for the Seahawks to take command. The Seahawks’ decision to not go for it on fourth-and-1 at the Rams’ 30 was, well, it was bad decision. It became worse when Jason Myers missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt, giving the Rams possession with 1:38 left. It became worst yet when the Rams marched 68 yards on eight plays — aided by Ziggy Ansah’s personal-foul penalty — and scored a touchdown on Jared Goff’s 9-yard pass to Cooper Kupp with 6 seconds left in the half. That cut the Seahawks’ lead to 14-13. Pete Carroll has already made a handful of questionable decisions on fourth down this season — they were 1-for-4 on fourth down in the loss to New Orleans — and this was the worst yet.
- Russ for MVP. I mean, what else can you say about Russell Wilson? Is this the best he’s ever been? Wilson is 10-for-13 for 190 yards with two touchdowns and *roughly* 17 Houdini moves in the first half.
- And how good is Will Dissly? In two seasons as a tight end at UW, Dissly had 25 catches and three touchdowns. In 4.5 games this season, he already has 22 catches — including four TDs — each seemingly better than the last.
0:06 | Seahawks 14, Rams 13 Not an ideal way to enter the half for Seattle. The Seahawks could have gone up 17-6 — or 21-6 — but instead it’s a one-point game at halftime. After Myers’ missed field goal, Jared Goff quickly moved the the Rams into Seahawks territory. Just as Seattle appeared to get off the field, Ziggy Ansah was flagged for a late hit on Goff, extending the drive and allowing Goff to find Cooper Kupp in the end zone two plays later.
1:38 | Seahawks 14, Rams 6 With a chance to open this game up before halftime, the Seahawks’ drive stalls when Chris Carson can’t pick up a third-and-1. Seattle first tries to draw the Rams offside on fourth down but ultimately calls on Jason Myers to attempt a 48-yard field goal, which sails just wide right.
5:37 | Seahawks 14, Rams 6 For the second straight week, Jadeveon Clowney forces a turnover. This time, he doesn’t take it all the way to the end zone. But Clowney and Wagner team up to force Todd Gurley to fumble in Seattle territory. The Seahawks take over at their 17-yard line.
8:08 | Seahawks 14, Rams 6 Russell Wilson is ON tonight. His passer rating is 156.3 after hitting DK Metcalf for a 40-yard touchdown strike. That follows an equally impressive play to avoid pressure and find Tyler Lockett for 17 yards. And that, of course, comes after possibly the play of the year for their first touchdown.
Three (very) brief thoughts from Adam Jude after one quarter:
- Wow, Russ.
- Wow, Tyler.
- Wow, that neon green is really bright.
0:49 | Seahawks 7, Rams 6 It looked like Russell Wilson was throwing it away. Tyler Lockett came down with it in the end zone. We’ll let the replay speak for itself.
4:55 | Rams 6, Seahawks 0 Todd Gurley is running all over the Seahawks, but it’s amounted to just six points so far for the Rams as they’re forced to settle for another Greg Zuelein field goal. Gurley has ran it six times for 31 yards.
9:27 | Rams 3, Seahawks 0 The Seahawks are playing the Rams, which means one thing: Aaron Donald is already causing problems.
12:24 | Rams 3, Seahawks 0 The Seahawks started with the ball, but the Rams have it after just two plays. Russell Wilson found Jaron Brown down the sideline, but Nickell Robey-Coleman knocked the ball loose and Marcus Peters recovered for Los Angeles. The Rams’ offense doesn’t do much and Greg Zuerlein comes on for a 47-yard field goal.
5:20 p.m. The Seahawks inducted Paul Allen to their Ring of Honor before tonight’s game. Here’s Bob Condotta’s story on the ceremony (with photos and video).
3:56 p.m. Among the Seahawks’ seven inactive players for Thursday night’s game is first-round pick L.J. Collier, who is a healthy scratch for the second time in three weeks. Collier played 20 snaps last week against Arizona in his most significant action as a Seahawk.
Coach Pete Carroll said Collier “did fine’’ but the Seahawks decided to go with just seven defensive linemen this week, in part due to keeping one more running back active.
“He did fine,’’ Carroll said of Collier. “He played about 20 plays and was active. Had a couple of nice plays; a nice tackle on a draw. Some good stuff.”
Among the active players is left tackle Duane Brown, who was listed as questionable for the game but had said after practice Wednesday that he would play. Running back Rashaad Penny is also active and will return after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury.
Seattle’s other inactive players are receivers Gary Jennings and John Ursua, safeties Marquise Blair and Adrian Colbert, cornerback Akeem King and offensive lineman Ethan Pocic.
Pocic is the only one on the list who is dealing with an injury, listed as questionable for the game with a mid-back injury.
Among the Rams inactives are two former UW standouts: safety Taylor Rapp and offensive lineman Coleman Shelton. Rapp is dealing with an ankle injury.
3:52 p.m. Rain has started to fall at CenturyLink Field, about 90 minutes before the Seahawks and Rams kick off on Thursday Night Football. It’s expected to be a stormy night, with possible thunderstorms. Read more on the forecast here.