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The Rams retained their unblemished record…but just barely.

In their toughest matchup to date, Head Coach Sean McVay had to make a very gutsy call to get the win over the Seattle Seahawks.

The Rams received the kickoff but went 3-and-out.

Things were looking rosy when Seattle had to punt out of their first possession. L.A. Linebacker Cory Littleton got a paw on the ball, and blocked it.

Rams Safety Marqui Christian grabbed it, advanced it and the Rams set up shop on Seattle’s 12-yardline.

A Seattle penalty gave L.A. 1st & goal from the 5.

The celebration was short. Two-plays later Rams quarterback Jared Goff’s pass was deflected, the Seahawks snatched it, and a 26-yard return set up Seattle’s first scoring drive, 0-7.

Goff hit wide receiver Cooper Kupp and running back Todd Gurley for big gains and then handed off to Gurley for a 2-yard touchdown. L.A. took the lead at the start of the Second Quarter with a 19-yard field goal from “new-hire” Kicker Cairo Santos, 10-7.

That set off a sequence of scoring on consecutive possessions, by both teams.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson sent a 39-yard TD pass into the hands of WR Tyler Lockett.

Goff moved the Rams 70-yards on 8-plays (favoring Gurley) before getting the ball to Kupp for a 6-yard TD, 17-14.

The defense stepped it up and held the Hawks to a 52-yard FG just after the 2-minute warning.

L.A. inched across the field as time thinned. WR Brandin Cooks was taken out on concussion protocol following a cringe worthy helmet-to-helmet hit.

A fumble kept L.A. out of field goal range (FGR) so with 3-ticks left to tock, Goff put up a Hail Mary pass into the end zone.

Why not? There was nothing to lose.

The clock zeroed, the pass was intercepted, and they went to the locker room tied, 17-17.

Kupp would not return due to concussion protocol.

Back from the half they continued the alternating scoring trend.

Seattle received the kick and moved 75-yards on 9-plays to take the lead with a 3-yard TD pass.

Goff put together a 75-yard drive that began and ended with Gurley picking up short yardage…and a touchdown.

The Seahawks crossed the field and Wilson capped it with a 30-yard pass for another touchdown.

On L.A.’s next possession Goff handed the ball to WR Robert Woods, who swept to the right and galloped 56-yards into Seattle’s red zone.

Gurley scored his third TD of the day on a 5-yard run up the middle.

Santos missed the conversion.


At the top of the 4th Q the Rams trailed, 30-31.

The Seahawks bogged down, went backwards, and had to punt.

Their kick drew a fair catch, and the Rams started on their own 18.

Woods covered most of the terrain with two catches and a run, totaling 40-yards. But that promising drive got stopped.

McVay gave Santos another try. This time the kick (39-yards) was good and L.A. took the lead, 33-31.

With 5:57 left in the game, Seattle had the ball at their 22.

Wilson busted it wide open by targeting Lockett on a 44-yard catch and run. It put the Seahawks at the Rams 32, and well within FGR of Seattle’s Kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

Penalties pushed the Hawks back. It would be 63-yards for a field goal, which is Janikowski’s career long.

With 3:38 left, Seattle opted to punt.

L.A. ate 2-minutes but couldn’t get to midfield.

It was 4th & 1. Neither team possessed a time out.

L.A. could punt and hope their “D” might keep Seattle out of FGR, or they could take a gamble, get the 1st down, and kneel out the clock.

McVay’s intestinal fortitude was bolstered by his players.

They went for it.

Goff kept the ball and barreled ahead for a 2-yard gain…and the game.

The Rams play the Broncos in Denver, on Sunday.

God Bless and be gutsy.

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