Seahawks beat Rams in overtime Week 18 and keep playoff hopes alive

Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Seahawks played for a playoff spot this week, their last chance to do so. In order to make the playoffs, Seattle must not only beat the Rams but the Lions must beat the Packers. The Seahawks must have forgotten so because they came out looking awful. Lucky for them, the Rams weren’t much better.

Seattle did their job. Now the Lions have to do theirs. This was a must-win game for Seattle and thankfully, the defense did just enough to get the victory.

They may have been facing a Rams offense that was missing Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp, but it wasn’t an easy journey. With linebacker Jordyn Brooks tearing his ACL last week, there wasn’t much hope for the defensive side of the ball but players stepped up when they needed to.

While the Seahawks allowed the Rams to pass for 147 yards and rush for 147 yards and one touchdown, their consistent pressure on Baker Mayfield and 5 sacks came in crucial. The Quandre Diggs interception in overtime certainly helped as well.

Seahawks beat the Rams 19-16 in overtime

As for Seattle’s offense, they looked off the entire night despite a few flashy plays. Geno Smith threw an interception on the first play of the game, had another in the third quarter, and nearly threw several others throughout the game. He finished with 205 yards and one touchdown along with the two interceptions. Both of those picks were intended for DK Metcalf and were picked by Jalen Ramsey, only adding more fuel to the fire that is the Metcalf-Ramsey rivalry.

Kenneth Walker III had multiple big gains on the ground but couldn’t convert in the red zone. Going into this game the Seahawks were efficient only 51 percent of the time in the red zone (26th in the NFL), and it didn’t get better in their regular season finale.

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The offense was guilty of multiple false starts and it quickly became a mess. However, they managed to pull off the overtime win and keep their playoff hopes alive. Now we wait.