The Seahawks came into today’s game with the potential to take the No. 1 seed without an unthinkable tie in the Lions-Packers game. The Seahawks have a tiebreaker over the Packers and Lions, and in the event of a three-way tie with Dallas Cowboys and one of the Packers or Lions, the Seahawks had the No. 1 seed locked up.
The Cowboys did their part early, beating the hell out of the Washington Redskins. However, the Seahawks looked like they may not do their part in the first half of today’s game. The Seahawks went into halftime down 6-0, and struggling to complete drives. They had severely outplayed the Rams though, with only a Russell Wilson interception and a Marshawn Lynch fumble keeping the Rams in the game.
In the second half, however, the Seahawks took over. They caused two turnovers, including a pick six that saw Bruce Irvin score his second touchdown of the season. A Marshawn Lynch run and two field goals rounded out a fairly dominant Seahawks victory that was understated by a low score.
The Cardinals won, the Packers won, and the Seahawks will have a first round bye and home field throughout the playoffs.
Regarding the playoffs.
Regarding J.J. Watt.
Kam Chancellor lowering the boom early.
Seahawks stop the Rams on third down for a three-and-out.
Seahawks go three-and-out too. Ricardo Lockette with a stupid penalty on the punt.
Pass to Jared Cook for another Rams first down.
Seahawks stop the Rams on fourth down after a weird delay call on the first shot at third down. Rams line up for a field goal. Greg Zuerlein good from 33 yards. Rams lead 3-0.
Robert Turbin with a 14 yard run.
Aaron Donald battered James Carpenter early.
Wilson takes a big hit on a run.
Seahawks stall on third down, but go for it on 4th and 5, and fail to convert.
Rams drive stalls and the quarter ends with a punt.
Turbin with another big run.
Marshawn Lynch takes a swing pass for a first down. Steps out of bounds, otherwise he may have taken it all the way.
Robert Turbin with runs on 2nd and 1 and 3rd and 1, barely gaining a first down.
Russell Wilson pressured, scrambles, hit as he throws, pass is tipped by Paul Richardson attempting to make the catch and the Rams intercept it.
Michael Bennett with a sack.
After a first down followed by two sacks, the Rams drive ends.
Marshawn Lynch fumbles on a screen pass. St. Louis recovers.
St. Louis has made life hard on the Seahawks this season.
Rams gain a total of zero yards, line up for a field goal. Greg Zuerlein good from 52 yards. Rams lead 6-0.
Robert Turbin with a big pass reception.
Then Wilson fumbles on third and one.
Three and out for the Rams.
Big pass down the middle, Rams offsides penalty that is declined stops the clock. Wilson sacked on the next play.
Referees review a fumble on the sack. Seahawks recover, but it takes about five minutes to figure out what the hell is going on. Rams call a timeout before the play, adding to the stupidity. The first half ends on pass to Doug Baldwin, but not a scoring play.
First down as Wilson hits Lynch for a first down.
Paul Richardson makes an outstanding catch.
Luke Wilson drops a pass that would have kept the Seahawks drive alive. Instead, the Seahawks will attempt a field goal. Steven Hauschka good from 42 yards. Rams lead 6-3.
Kevin Williams with a sack on first down.
Richardson having a game.
Pass down the sideline to Tony Moeaki.
Seahawks drive stalls. Hauschka good from 45 yards. Game tied at 6.
Jordan Hill intercepts Shaun Hill.
Kevin Norwood with a big catch.
Marshawn Lynch with a touchdown run. Seahawks lead 13-6.
Bruce Irvin with an interception and return for a touchdown. Seahawks lead 20-6.
After a big game, and big second half of the season, Jordan Hill on the ground holding his left hand.
Bennie Cunningham fumbles at the half yard line through the endzone. Touchback. Huge for the Seahawks.
Rams driving some, but then a pass interference call against Chris Givens.
Bruce Irvin with a hit on Shaun Hill, forcing a fumble. Rams recover.
Meanwhile, after Aaron Rodgers already left the game with a leg injury in Green Bay.
Seahawks win, clinching the No. 1 seed.