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Los Angeles Rams 30-20 Seattle Seahawks: Rams defence dominates Russell Wilson in defensive battle

John Wolford started at quarterback for the Rams before suffering a neck injury and was pictured later being taken to hospital; Seahawks' Russell Wilson completed just 11 of 27 attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns, being sacked five times

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Highlights of the Los Angeles Rams against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Playoffs

The Los Angeles Rams edged out the Seattle Seahawks 30-20 in a defensive battle, overcoming the loss of quarterback John Wolford to concussion early and defensive star Aaron Donald to a rib injury late on.

Cam Akers rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown and Darious Williams returned an interception for a score as the No 6 seeded Rams progressed to the divisional round of the playoffs.

  • Rams passing: Jared Goff, 9/19, 155 yards, 1 TD
  • Rushing leader: Cam Akers, 28 carries, 131 yards, 1 TD
  • Receiving leader: Cooper Kupp, four catches, 78 yards

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Cam Akers extends the Rams' lead over the Seahawks with this five-yard touchdown

Matt Gay also kicked three field goals for the Rams, but it was on the strength of their defence that they won, allowing only 278 yards of total offence from the No 3 seeded Seahawks, who had won their previous 10 postseason games at home - a run stretching back to 2004.

Wolford started at quarterback for the Rams and led them into field-goal range on their second possession before suffering a neck injury while being tackled by Seattle's Jamal Adams. Wolford did not return and was pictured later being taken to hospital.

Jared Goff, who suffered a fractured right thumb at Seattle two weeks ago that required surgery, came off the bench to guide the Rams to victory, albeit his stat line was not an all too impressive 9 of 19 for 155 yards, with the QB obviously still bothered by the injury.

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Jared Goff finds Robert Woods for a 15-yard touchdown which gives the Rams a 17-point

Goff did, however, throw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods with just under five minutes remaining that all but assured them of the win.

  • Seahawks passing: Russell Wilson, 11/27, 174 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • Rushing leader: Chris Carson, 16 carries, 77 yards
  • Receiving leader: D.K. Metcalf, five catches, 96 yards, 2 TDs

Seattle's Russell Wilson struggled just as much, completing just 11 of 27 attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns, both to D.K. Metcalf. Wilson was sacked five times, twice each by Donald and Leonard Floyd, and the Seahawks converted just two of 14 third-down attempts in the game.

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Darious Williams intercepts at the Seahawks' 42 before running it back for a touchdown for the Rams.

Metcalf's 12-yard touchdown reception with two and a half minutes left pulled the Seahawks within 10 points, but the Rams recovered the ensuing onside kick and they ran out the clock.

Scoring summary

Rams 3-0 Seahawks Matt Gay 40-yard field goal
Rams 3-3 Seahawks Jason Myers 50-yard field goal
Rams 6-3 Seahawks Matt Gay 39-yard field goal
Rams 13-3 Seahawks Darious Williams 42-yard interception return for a TD (extra point)
Rams 13-10 Seahawks Russell Wilson 51-yard TD pass to D.K. Metcalf (extra point)
Rams 20-10 Seahawks Cam Akers five-yard TD run (extra point)
Rams 20-13 Seahawks Jason Myers 52-yard field goal
Rams 23-13 Seahawks Matt Gay 36-yard field goal
Rams 30-13 Seahawks Jared Goff 15-yard TD pass to Robert Woods (extra point)
Rams 30-20 Seahawks Russell Wilson 12-yard TD pass to D.K. Metcalf (extra point)

Earlier, with the game slow to spring to life - Rams up 6-3 with the teams trading in field goals - Williams jumped a Wilson screen pass intended for Metcalf, picked it off and went 42 yards for a touchdown with six minutes and 46 seconds left in the half.

A few plays later, Wilson scrambled to his left and threw a 51-yard deep-ball touchdown to Metcalf. But the Rams answered right back as both offences briefly exploded into life.

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Russell Wilson finds DK Metcalf open, who races away for the 51-yard touchdown for the Seahawks

On third-and-nine from the Rams' own 26-yard line, Goff hit Akers with a screen pass and rookie took it 44 yards down the right sideline, setting up his own five-yard touchdown run to see the Rams up 20-10 at half-time.

After the break, defense was back on top, with the two teams exchanging field goals until the Goff's touchdown pass to Woods saw the Rams into an ultimately unassailable lead.

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