Rams thump Seahawks to take charge of NFC West


The Rams aren't in the postseason yet. They did so with an epically and shockingly disastrous performance, the likes of which they've never experienced in the Pete Carroll era.

Led by Gurley's 152 yards rushing and four total touchdowns, the Rams moved to the cusp of their first division title since 2003 with a 42-7 thumping of the Seattle Seahawks.

"We've struggled before in the first half in games, but we always seemed to find our rhythm", said wide receiver Doug Baldwin. The Rams have bounced back from each of their four defeats this year by winning the following week, and this victory over Seattle after the close setback last week against Philadelphia was yet another sign of this young team's resiliency. Amid gray skies and waning interest, they slayed the mighty with a and all but wrapped up a division title along the way. The Rams practiced this week as though they'd be playing in ear-splitting noise, in the most important game of their season.

Sunday, 367 days after an uninspiring defeat from CenturyLink Field on national television, marked the unofficial completion of the Rams' breathtaking turnaround. Whatever brief MVP campaign Wilson had going finally ended with his only value turning out to be a third-quarter touchdown pass to Luke Willson that kept the Seahawks from getting shutout. Los Angeles won on special teams, in field position and sacked Wilson seven times.

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Despite all of the injuries, the Seahawks can still play their way into the playoffs.

"We didn't handle Todd Gurley very well, he was on fire". This was just one of those wins where everything was clicking for us, everybody was out there competing and we didn't want to let up.

"The fact he and K.J. weren't out there working all week long, that affects us", Carroll said of a Wagner's hamstring.

"Not to take anything away from the Rams - that's a great team we just played - but that wasn't the style of football that we like to play".

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While the Seahawks don't look playoff ready, the Rams look playoff scary, dominating the line of scrimmage and taking advantage of their first-half opportunities. The Rams (9-4) would need Seattle to stumble in the final two weeks, or avoid any loses themselves to have hopes of a wild-card berth. Not surprisingly, the Rams scored on all six possessions, including a drive that started at the Seattle 1 after Pharoh Cooper's 53-yard punt return.

"To flip the field consistently like our punt return unit has done has been huge for our offense to be in that spot", McVay said.

Yep, it was that bad for the Seahawks on Sunday. Included were three games allowing 40 points and a 34-point loss to the New York Giants. But after Sunday's blowout loss and the resulting fallout, the task of doing so got a bit tougher. "Any time you come up here, it's loud, and if you're able to quiet their fans and win the game, it's big". "Our expectations were that we were going to be right in the middle of this thing".

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Also remember, if New England beats Pittsburgh, there are still a couple of scenarios where Jacksonville ends up as the top seed. So yes, the Patriots had better win Sunday. "It's best to play man against Tom Brady ", Pittsburgh cornerback Artie Burns said.