rams logo Quarterback Jared Goff committed three of the Los Angeles Rams five turnovers and the team was scoreless three times it drove inside the Seattle Seahawks 20-yard line in a 16-10 loss.

“Other than points there is no greater indicator of the history of this game of winning and losing football games than turnovers,” Rams coach Sean McVay said Sunday. “We turned the ball over five times today and that’s not a recipe for winning football. That’s not something that we can afford to do if we expect to win games moving forward.”

The Rams (3-2) drove to Seattle’s 20-yard line on their final possession. Goff stopped the clock by spiking the football on first down. His second-down pass intended for Todd Gurley went incomplete.

His third down pass went off the hands of rookie receiver Cooper Kupp as he crossed the goal line.

“You’re expected to make those plays and my expectations are no different,” Kupp said. “I expect to make that play. I can’t say anything about whether it was behind me or a one-handed catch. If I’m putting my hands on the ball, I’ve got to make the play.”

A fourth down pass intended for Kupp fell incomplete in the end zone with five seconds left.

The drive began with the Rams longest play of the game, a 35-yard pass from Goff to tight end Tyler Higbee that advanced the ball to Seahawks 40-yard line. Two plays later, Goff threw a 20-yard pass to Robert Woods.

The Rams entered the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum leading the NFL in scoring, averaging 35.5 points per game, but were held to a 27-yard touchdown run by receiver Tavon Austin and a 35-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein, both in the second quarter.

Seattle (3-2) scored the final 16 points on Russell Wilson’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham in the second quarter, a 49-yard field goal by Blair Walsh as time expired in the first half, a 49-yard field goal by Walsh in the third quarter and a 35-yard field goal by Walsh with one minute, nine seconds to play.

Zuerlein missed a 36-yard field goal attempt wide right on the Rams first possession of the second half after making his first 15 attempts of the season, including a team-record seven field goals in last Sunday’s 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

The miss ended a streak of 19 consecutive made field goal attempts dating back to last season, matching the second-longest streak in team history. Jeff Wilkins made 30 in a row from 1999 to 2001 and 19 in a row in 2003.

The Rams outgained the Seahawks, 375 yards to 241 and led 21-15 in first downs. Seattle led 31:16-28:44 in time of possession, including a 12:50-2:10 advantage in the second quarter.

The paid attendance was announced at 60,745, 30,301 less than the 91,046 when the two teams met at the Coliseum last year in the NFL first regular- season game in Los Angeles since 1994.

Johnny Hekker punted three times, giving him 450 punts in his six years with the Rams, setting a team career record. The previous record was 449 by Donnie Jones from 2007-11. Hekker replaced Jones as the team’s punter.

Goff completed 22 of 47 passes for 288 yards, had two passes intercepted and was sacked twice.

“I thought we made him … scatter the ball around a little bit in the second half,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “You could see some throws were getting away. I don’t know if that’s because of rush or coverage or not, I just know the ball was not on target. So we had some effect on him.”

Wilson completed 24 of 37 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown, had one pass intercepted and was sacked three times.

Gurley appeared to have run for a 12-yard touchdown on the Rams first possession, but after video of the play was reviewed, referee Gene Steratore ruled that Gurley was not in possession of the ball when he crossed the goal line. The fumble went out of bounds in the end zone, giving Seattle the ball.

Both Rams scores followed interceptions.

Austin’s touchdown came 10 plays after Cody Davis intercepted a pass by Seattle receiver Tanner McEvoy at the Rams 36-yard line.

The next time Austin touched the ball, he muffed a punt, which Neiko Thorpe recovered for the Seahawks at the Rams 30-yard line.

Strong safety John Johnson intercepted a pass by Wilson four plays later, returning it 69 yards to the Seattle 19-yard line, with Wilson making the tackle.

“That was a phenomenal play,” Carroll said. “There was a point there, that there was no one in the stadium that thought that guy’s not scoring and out of nowhere Russell just kicks it in high gear and turns him and also a great effort by (running back J.D.) McKissic too, to stay with it so we can get him on the ground.

That was a fantastic effort by Russ to show you never give up.”

Wilson said the play took him back to his “high school days when I used to have to play” cornerback.

” We thought we had a really good play on them, and they made a great play,” Wilson said. “I just put my head down and started running as fast as I could. Good, little form tackle, tried to wrap him up and get him down to the ground.”

The return was the 10th longest in Rams history, the longest by a Rams rookie since linebacker Alec Ogletree’s 98-yard return in 2013 and the longest for a rookie in the NFL since 2015 when Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters had a 90-yard return.

Zuerlein kicked a 35-yard field goal four plays later.

Wilson completed nine of 11 passes for 61 yards on the touchdown drive.

After Walsh’s 49-yard third-quarter field goal gave the Seahawks their first lead, 13-10, the Rams drove to Seattle’s 15-yard line. Goff was sacked for a 10-yard loss and threw a short pass that was intercepted by defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson two plays later.

Two drives later, another Goff short pass was intercepted by free safety Earl Thomas at the Seahawks 35-yard line.

The Rams next possession ended when Goff was sacked by Frank Clark, who forced a fumble. Richardson recovered the ball at the Rams 40-yard line and returned it 20 yards. Walsh kicked his third field goal four plays later.

“We didn’t get it done, they did and we make no excuses,” McVay said.

—City News Service

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