Matthew Stafford was capable of handle the discomfort with the finger on his throwing hand and choose aside the Seattle Seahawks’ beleaguered protection.
In the meantime, Russell Wilson was left as a spectator. His personal finger harm was too extreme for the Seattle’s star quarterback to proceed towards the division rival.
“It was just a bit bit misplaced and was capable of put it again in and preserve going,” Stafford stated. “It didn’t have an effect on me an excessive amount of, to be trustworthy with you.”
Stafford appeared simply tremendous, throwing for 365 yards and a landing and the Rams beat the Seahawks 26-17 on Thursday night time in a recreation Wilson left within the second half with the finger harm on his throwing hand.
Wilson missed vital recreation time as a result of harm for the primary time after injuring the center finger on his throwing hand. Wilson was damage by contact on a comply with by way of halfway by way of the third quarter. He tried to direct another drive earlier than turning the sport over to backup Geno Smith.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll stated it was a “badly sprained finger”, and that additional checks could be coming.
“He wasn’t capable of maintain on to the soccer the best way he wanted to to throw,” Carroll stated.
Held to simply three factors within the first half for under the fifth time within the common season beneath Sean McVay, the Rams (4-1) awoke within the closing half-hour and rebounded from their first lack of the season final Sunday to Arizona.
Stafford stated his finger first began bothering him within the second quarter, however was manageable. He threw a 13-yard landing cross to Tyler Higbee late within the third quarter to present the Rams a 16-7 lead. Stafford hit DeSean Jackson for 68 yards earlier within the quarter on third-and-10 that led to Darrell Henderson’s five-yard run that gave Los Angeles its first lead of the sport.
And after Seattle (2-3) pulled to 16-14 within the fourth quarter, Stafford was 4 of 4 for 71 yards on the following drive resulting in Sony Michel’s 2-yard landing run with 6:08 remaining.
Robert Woods had 12 catches for 150 yards and the Rams gained their second straight in Seattle after final January’s playoff victory over the Seahawks.
“He was huge once we had been backed up, made some explosive performs,” Stafford stated about Woods. “He performed nice tonight.”
The Rams completed with 476 yards of offense, essentially the most they’ve amassed of their final 20 video games since Week 3 vs Buffalo in 2020 once they had 478. It’s additionally their third-biggest offensive recreation within the final two calendar years since Week 5 at Seattle in 2019 once they posted 477 yards.
Seattle pulled to 23-17 on Jason Myers’ discipline aim from 32 yards with 2:45 left. Seattle pressured a fast punt after Carlos Dunlap batting down Stafford’s third-down cross.
However Smith couldn’t lead a storybook closing drive, along with his first cross intercepted by Nick Scott as Tyler Lockett tripped making his break. Smith was 10 of 17 for 131 yards within the fourth quarter.
“I actually thought we had an opportunity and I assumed we had been going to come back again and get it performed. Sadly, we didn’t,” Smith stated.
Smith was wanted as a result of Wilson’s fingers hit Aaron Donald’s arm on the comply with by way of of a cross that almost went for a landing however was barely overthrown halfway by way of the third quarter.
Wilson remained in for another sequence and tried one cross. He was sacked on third-and-five by Donald, No 88½ of his profession setting a brand new franchise report – though the Rams information don’t embody Deacon Jones as sacks weren’t an official stat when he performed. Wilson by no means took one other snap and completed 11 of 16 for 152 yards, one landing and his first interception of the season.
“It felt good and it’s a blessing. It’s even higher when you may accomplish one thing like that coming off a divisional win,” Donald stated of the report.
Smith entered with Seattle backed up at their very own two. Since arriving in Seattle initially of the 2019 season, Smith had thrown a complete of 5 passes, all of them coming in a blowout win over the Jets final season.
On his first drive, Smith was excellent. He was 5 of 5 for 72 yards, the final a 23-yard strike to DK Metcalf for his second landing of the sport with 9:23 remaining to drag Seattle to 16-14.