After suffering an embarrassing defeat in week 1 of the NFL season, the Los Angeles Rams won their home opener against one of their division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, 9-3.
The 91,046 fans in attendance at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum supported their Rams six days after the team was blanked on Monday Night Football by the San Francisco 49ers, 28-0.
Los Angeles started the game on an impressive first drive, going down the field in 9 plays and scoring first with Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein hitting a field goal from 29 yards out to give them a 3-0 lead.
It took until the second quarter for Seattle to score, but the Seahawks got their first points when kicker Steven Hauschka made a 23 yarder to tie the game 3-3.
L.A. answered with a field goal of their own when they marched down the field again with a minute left in the first half, Zuerlein got one between the uprights for a 6-3 lead.
Seattle nearly tied the game before the half as they were on the Rams 43 yard line when quarterback Russell Wilson was strip sacked by Robert Quinn on their last play as time expired.
Both teams punted throughout the third quarter but after a 9 play, 59 yard drive, a long kick from Zuerlein from 47 yards out extended the Rams lead 9-3 early in the fourth quarter.
Down 9-3, the Seahawks tried to mount another comeback just like the previous week against the Miami Dolphins, when they won the game 12-10 on a catch from wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
Except this time, the Rams did their best to make sure that a comeback didn’t happen in their return to Los Angeles.
On Seattle’s last possession, WR Tyler Lockett hauled in a 53 yard catch from Wilson that gave them the edge in field position and enough time on the clock to score a touchdown to give them the win.
It was only two plays later that Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree forced a fumble on running back Christine Michael that ended the game and gave the Rams their first victory in L.A in 22 years.
A game where the Seahawks were expected to dominate with their run game and Wilson’s dual threat presence were only stymied by the Rams impressive run defense that held them to 67 rushing yards and the right ankle sprain Wilson suffered last week.
Both teams were covered in penalties throughout the game, with 10 penalties going against the Seahawks for 114 yards and the Rams with 9 for 78 yards.
Both QB’s did not throw for a touchdown, but Wilson still managed to throw for 254 yards on 22-35 while Rams QB Case Keenum threw for 239 yards on 18-30.
Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt said after the game “last week, to put it simple, we got embarrassed and to come back like this is good for morale and good for our confidence.”
The win gave the Rams a record of 1-1 and have now beat the Seahawks the last four of five meetings in the past two seasons. L.A is now tied in the division with the Seahawks, 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals.
The Rams will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks will go back home to host the 49ers on Sep 25.