Matthew Stafford had 365 yards and a touchdown to propel the Los Angeles Rams to a 26-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, who lost star quarterback Russell Wilson in the second half with an injured finger.
Wilson of Seattle left Thursday’s game after injuring his middle finger to his throwing hand in the third quarter. Wilson tried to play after stuck his finger to his right hand, but only threw one more pass before leaving the game for good.
Quarterback Stafford completed 25 of 37 passes, including 12 completed by Robert Woods who scored 150 yards in the NFL West Division clash in front of a 68,700 crowd at Lumen Field in Seattle.
“We were able to finish the practices by throwing the ball down there and then bringing it in. There is no better feeling than that,” said Stafford, who also injured his finger. but was able to stay in the game.
Darrell Henderson rushed for a top 82 yards and a touchdown in 17 carries for the Rams, who have improved to 4-1 this season.
Wilson completed 11 of 16 passes for 152 yards with one touchdown and one interception as the Seahawks fell to 2-3.
Wilson has started 149 games in a row and has never missed a game in his ten-year career.
He injured his finger on a long throw to Tyler Lockett, cornering him on Rams defenseman Aaron Donald during the call. Wilson raised his finger and showed his teammates that he couldn’t move it.
The Seahawks were forced to look to substitute Geno Smith, who had thrown just nine passes since 2019. But Smith made an immediate impact, completing five of his first six attempts, leading to a touchdown.
Jason Myers of the Seahawks kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2:45 left in the fourth to make it 23-17.
Seattle recovered the ball with just over two minutes to go, but Smith was intercepted in the next game by Los Angeles safety Nick Scott after Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett tripped.
Matt Gay of Los Angeles completed the scoring with a 47-yard field goal with 24 seconds left.
“We’re an aggressive attacker who has the confidence to capitalize on the games,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “I wanted to keep the ball in Matthew’s hands and we’re counting on these guys (Woods and Henderson) to get through it.”
The strangest play of the game came from Seahawks kicker Michael Dickson of Australia, who took a double punt to prevent the Rams from getting a good field position.
With the Seahawks down 16-7 and facing fourth and 14 on their own 21-yard line, Dickson saw his initial punt blocked by Jamir Jones.
But Dickson quickly located the bouncing ball, grabbed it while running and then executed a perfectly executed running kick similar to the Australian rules he grew up playing in his native Australia.