Rams hold off Seahawks, QB Russell Wilson sprains finger

Rams hold off Seahawks, QB Russell Wilson sprains finger
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods totaled 12 catches for 150 yards in a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday in Seattle. File Photo by Jon SooHoo/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams' relentless defense held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Seahawks in the first game of Week 5. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sprained his finger and left the game early.

The Rams outgained the Seahawks 358 to 262 in total yards in the 26-17 victory Thursday at Lumen Field in Seattle. Donald became the Rams franchise sack leader when he logged career sack No. 88.5 with a third-quarter takedown of Wilson.


"It feels good. It's a blessing," Donald told reporters. "It's even better when you accomplish something like that coming off a divisional win."

Backup quarterback Geno Smith completed 10 of 17 passes for 131 yards and a score to lead the Seahawks to 10 points in the fourth quarter, but threw an interception with 2:09 remaining to seal the Rams win.

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The Rams ended the Seahawks' streak of nine consecutive victories on Thursday Night Football. Rams running back Darrell Henderson gained 199 yards from scrimmage and scored on 18 touches. Wide receiver Robert Woods totaled 150 yards on 12 catches in the win.

Stafford completed 25 of 37 passes for 365 yards, one score and an interception.

Neither team scored in the first quarter. Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs intercepted Stafford at the start of the second. Wilson threw an interception to Rams linebacker Troy Reeder on the next possession.

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Wilson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver D.K. Metcalf to give the Seahawks a 7-0 lead 9:10 before halftime. Rams kicker Matt Gay made a 31-yard field goal on the next drive. The Seahawks led 7-3 at halftime.

The Seahawks punted to open the second half. Stafford led an eight-play, 96-yard touchdown drive on the Rams first drive of the third quarter. Henderson ran for a 5-yard touchdown to end the possession.

Alex Collins was tackled for a 4-yard loss to start the Seahawks next drive. Wilson then stepped back in the pocket and launched a pass deep to the right side of the field. Donald hit Wilson's right hand as he released the ball. The arm swat connected with Wilson's right middle finger.

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Stafford threw a 13-yard touchdown toss to tight end Tyler Higbee to give the Rams a 16-7 lead with 4:52 left in the third. Wilson stayed in the game for the Seahawks next drive. He threw a 1-yard pass and was sacked as the Seahawks went three and out.

Smith replaced the Seahawks star at the start of the fourth quarter. He led the Seahawks on a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on his first possession. Smith threw a 23-yard touchdown toss to Metcalf to end the drive.

Running back Sony Michel scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown for the Rams on the next possession. Seahawks kicker Jason Myers responded with a 32-yard field goal to cut the Rams lead to 23-17.

The Seahawks defense then forced the Rams to go three and out. Rams safety Nick Scott intercepted Smith on the first play of the next drive. Gay made a 47-yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining to ice the Rams win.

Wilson completed 11 of 16 passes for 152 yards, one score and an interception in three quarters.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Wilson will get additional tests on his finger to determine the extent of the damage and his timeline to return. He did not rule out surgery.


"He's got a badly-sprained finger that we need to figure out," Carroll said. "There's work to be done in assessing all of that.

"Russell is one of the great healers of all time, and he'll do whatever he can to get back as soon as absolutely possible."

The Seahawks (2-3) face the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:20 p.m. EDT Oct. 17 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Rams (4-1) face the New York Giants at 1 p.m. EDT Oct. 17 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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