Rams vs Seahawks score: Los Angeles rally to beat Seattle behind Cooper Kupp’s MVP-caliber performance

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Super Bowl LVI will be played in 53 days at SoFi Stadium, which was the site of Tuesday’s game between the Rams and the Seahawks. Los Angeles took one step closer to the February Super Bowl after scoring a 20-10 victory over Seattle behind another big effort from wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

Down 10-3 in the third quarter, Kupp caught 6- and 29-yard touchdown passes to lead the Rams to a Seattle sweep (5-9), who likely had to win for a shot at qualifying for the playoffs. . The Rams improved to 10-4 and are only one game away from the Packers in the race to win the only NFC playoff pass.

First-time pro Bowler and legitimate league MVP contender, Kupp caught nine passes for 136 yards with his two touchdowns. He made history Tuesday night, becoming the first player in the past 70 years to total at least 90 receiving yards in 10 straight games. He also broke Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce’s single-season franchise reception record by recording his 120th take of the season.

Kupp’s performance was rounded off by running back Sony Michel, who totaled 115 yards on 20 touches. The Seattle defense made several big saves in the first half, but their offense struggled to consistently move the ball against the formidable Rams defense, led by Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. The Seattle defense received a stellar performance from Carlos Dunlap, who recorded three sacks from Matthew Stafford.

Here’s a look at what happened in Los Angeles.

Why the Rams won

The Rams could have been frustrated after falling behind in a game they had dominated for most of the night. But the Rams responded to Seattle’s touchdown by running 86 yards in just six games to tie the game on Stafford’s first touchdown pass to Kupp. The big play was Kupp’s 32-yard catch on a third and 1 play from the Rams’ 23-yard line. In the next play, Michel made several tackles as he headed for a 39-yard jaunt to prepare for Kupp’s touchdown.

The Los Angeles defense went on to suppress Russell Wilson and Seattle’s running back duo DeeJay Dallas and Rashad Penny, who ran for 39 yards and one touchdown in seven carries in Seattle’s decisive strike at the start of the season. the second half. After two Seahawks punters, the Rams took the lead after Stafford hit Kupp on a crossing road for the go-ahead score. The practice was kicked off with a 24-yard run by Michel, who has come in force lately with 292 rushing yards in the Rams’ last three games. The Los Angeles defense then made three late saves to preserve the victory.

Why the Seahawks lost

The Seattle defense kept the Seahawks in the game in the first half, but were unable to emulate that success in the second half. They didn’t get much help from their offense as the Seahawks’ offense only gained 214 yards while registering just 3 of 12 on the third and fourth downs. Without Tyler Lockett (who was one of many players for both teams on the COVID-19 roster), Ramsey and the Rams’ defense were able to block DK Metcalf, who was limited to 52 yards on six receptions.

The Seahawks received a tough game from Wilson, whose 34-yard completion to tight end Gerald Everett set up Jason Myers’ 39-yard field goal late in the first half. Wilson then hit Freddie Swain on a 25-yard goal in the Seahawks’ first practice of the second half that ended in a 4-yard touchdown from Dallas. But the Rams’ constant rush – without having Lockett at his disposal – caught up with Wilson in the fourth quarter, when he only managed 5 of 11 for 32 yards and an interception in the last stanza of the game. Russell was also not helped by Seattle’s sometimes predictable game plan, as the Seahawks sometimes forgot about their racing game. Despite considerable success on the pitch, Seattle only executed the ball 19 times, attempting 34 passes.

Turning point

Seattle seemed to have gained momentum after his first practice of the third quarter. But Kupp’s 32-yard take on the Rams ‘subsequent possession seemed to take the Seahawks’ breath away. The Rams tied the game on Kupp’s first touchdown three games later.

Another big turning point came with 3:21 left in the third. Down 17-10, the Seahawks decided to try their luck in fourth and sixth place from midfielder. Wilson, under heavy pressure, provided a deep pass over the sideline for Dallas, who was guarded by Rams linebacker Ernest Jones. But pressure from the Rams’ pass rush led to a reverse pass that hit Jones before reaching Dallas. Despite Jones’ contact, officials considered that the blanket was clean, giving the ball to the Rams in midfield. The Rams then put the game out of reach after a 17-yard run from Michel that saw Matt Gay score the night’s second field goal.

Game play

Stafford and Kupp’s remarkable chemistry was visible on their winning touchdown pass. On the play, Stafford first blocked running back Darrell Henderson in the apartment before shooting the ball towards Kupp, who caught the ball in stride over two Seattle defenders before running the remaining nine yards for the score. Stafford, who had 21 of 29 for 244 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 50,000 passing yards in his career (including the playoffs).

As Kupp’s second touchdown takes the cake, we can’t ignore Donald’s explosion on Seattle’s screen pass late in the first quarter. Like Kupp, Donald was one of five NFL players who were selected for the 2022 Pro Bowl on Monday. And speaking of Pro Bowlers, eight-time Pro Bowler Von Miller recorded his first sack as a member of the Rams with his withdrawal from Wilson in the second trimester.

Quotable

“Matthew is a very good football player, and that’s my analysis for this touchdown.” – Kupp’s “technical” failure of his touchdown reception

And after

Seattle will host Chicago, which fell to 4-10 after its Week 15 loss to the Vikings. Speaking of Minnesota, the Rams will head to the Twin Cities to take on a 7-7 Vikings team who are still alive for a playoff berth.



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