LA Rams beat NFC West rivals Seattle
Matthew Stafford threw for 365 yards and a touchdown and the Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 26-17 on Thursday night in a game Russell Wilson left in the second half with a finger injury on his throwing hand.
Wilson was hurt by contact on a follow through midway through the third quarter. He attempted to direct one more drive before turning the game over to backup Geno Smith.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said it was a "badly sprained finger," and that further tests would be coming.
"He wasn't able to hold on to the football the way he needed to to throw," Carroll added.
Held to just three points in the first half for only the fifth time in the regular season under Sean McVay, the Rams (4-1) woke up in the final 30 minutes and rebounded from their first loss of the season last Sunday to the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals.
After Seattle (2-3) pulled to 16-14 in the fourth quarter, Stafford was 4-of-4 for 71 yards on the ensuing drive leading to Sony Michel's two-yard touchdown run with 6:08 remaining.
Seattle got it back to 23-17 on Jason Myers' field goal from 32 yards but Smith couldn't lead a storybook final drive. Smith was 10-of-17 for 131 yards in the fourth quarter.
Earlier, Myers missed an easy field goal attempt, Rams kicker Matt Gay missed an extra point and had two kick-offs that went out of bounds.
But Seattle's Aussie punter Michael Dickson enjoyed more success.
After kicks of 31 and 51 yards, his punt in the third quarter was blocked, but in one motion ran down the loose ball, picked it up and sent off a second kick that went 68 yards. After debate whether it was a penalty, the play stood. He then sent one 52 yards for an average of 50.5 on the night at Lumen Field.
Robert Woods had 12 catches for 150 yards for the Rams who won their second straight in Seattle after last January's playoff victory over the Seahawks.
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