Thursday Night Football has been the subject of much scrutiny since its’ creation in November of 2006. Many complain about lackluster performances from below average teams. But occasionally the NFL rewards the loyal football fanbase with a matchup that produces something unusual for Thursday Night Football: excitement.
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Los Angeles Rams 30-29 in a matchup that might determine playoff seeding and the eventual NFC West division champion.
Before the matchup, both the Rams and Seahawks were fighting for relevancy in the NFC even with both teams boasting a 3-1 record through the first four weeks of the season. The San Francisco 49ers emerged as one of the surprising teams of the league, remaining undefeated through the first quarter of the season and taking the top spot in the NFC West.
The Rams and Seahawks always play each other as tough as two teams can play each other. Because of the animosity between the two teams, the Rams were limited to just two field goals in the first quarter, with their only touchdown of the first half coming with six seconds left in the second quarter.
After being down 6-0, the Seahawks scored a touchdown before the end of the first quarter by a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett.
Wilson played brilliantly in this game, passing for 268 yards and four touchdowns on 74% pass completion. Running back Chris Carson provided Wilson with some much-needed assistance, rushing for 118 yards on 27 carries.
The Seahawks running game has been below average since the end of the Marshawn Lynch era in Seattle. Looking back, Wilson was routinely considered overrated because of the rushing abilities provided by Lynch. Now, without Lynch, Wilson has consistently been a top five quarterback in the league, with no one giving him true praise.
After a DK Metcalf touchdown reception, the Seahawks were prepared to break the game open. The Rams responded with a Copper Kupp touchdown pass from Jared Goff before the end of the half.
Goff has been the center of much criticism this year, underperforming after his stellar season last year. Goff passed for 395 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Seahawks. Both Kupp and tight end Gerald Everett produced over 100 receiving yards for the Rams, while Todd Gurley added 51 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
After a thrilling back and forth second half, the Rams led 29-24 late in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks embarked on a near seven-minute drive, which ended when Wilson evaded the Rams pass rushers to find Carson wide open in the endzone for a touchdown. Carson bobbled the catch to add drama, but ultimately came down with the game winning touchdown.
The Rams were unable to reclaim the lead, losing 30-29 to the division rivals. Now at 3-2, it might be time for the Rams organization to push the panic button.
The 3-2 Rams will host the 4-0 49ers next Sunday, while the 4-1 Seahawks travel to Cleveland to play the 2-2 Browns.