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Rams survive comeback led by Seahawks’ Geno Smith


On paper, it looked as if fans were going to be in store for a great “Thursday Night Football” matchup.

While “great” may not be the right way to describe it, the game was certainly an entertaining — and unusual — one.

The Los Angeles Rams overcame a slow start — and survived a near-comeback led by Seattle backup quarterback Geno Smith after Russell Wilson went down with a finger injury — to beat the Seahawks 26-17 at Lumen Field.

A slow, mistake-filled start

At least for the first 30 minutes of the night, the game didn’t live up to expectations.

Both teams went into the locker room with a combined 10 points and left plenty of missed opportunities out on the field — including a missed field goal and an end zone interception. Neither team converted on a third down in the first half, either, going a combined 0-of-7.

Now, that’s not to say it was all bad. Quandre Diggs had a wild interception after Matthew Stafford was seemingly trying to throw a ball away into the back of the end zone. Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Troy Reeder teamed up for an interception just four plays later, too.

It wasn’t until Wilson, after a nearly 50-yard pass interference call put them in position, found D.K. Metcalf for a 19-yard score that either team was on the board.

The Rams ended the half with a field goal, and only entered down four after Seattle missed a 35-yarder of its own.

Geno Smith replaces Wilson after finger injury

Things got extremely interesting in the second half — thanks to a weird finger injury that led to Smith’s first action of the season.

Wilson’s throwing hand collided with Rams defensive end Aaron Donald’s hand in the third quarter just after he got rid of the ball, which sent his middle finger back and out of place. The gruesome injury, though minor, was tough to look at.

He tried to return on their next drive, but they went three-and-out. Eventually, .

That decision, while they were down nine, nearly worked out.

Smith went a perfect 5-of-5 for 72 yards on his opening drive and found Metcalf for a 23-yard touchdown.

That momentum shift, however, didn’t last long.

Stafford and the Rams needed just six plays to find the end zone themselves to retake control of the game in what felt like an instant.

Smith brought the Seahawks back down the field quickly, though they had to settle for a field goal to make it a one-score game. He got one final shot, too, after the Seahawks defense came up with a huge stop to give Smith just more than two minutes to find the end zone and grab the win.

Smith’s great night, though, came to an end on the very next play.

Smith threw an interception right to Rams safety Nick Scott — which led to a 47-yard field goal for the Rams to give them the nine-point win.

Stafford finished throwing 25-of-37 for 365 yards through the air with a touchdown and an interception, and Henderson led the Rams with 82 rushing yards on 17 carries. Robert Woods, though he didn’t find the end zone, had 150 receiving yards on 12 receptions.

Smith ended the night with 131 yards on 10-of-16 throwing in his fourth quarter run. Metcalf had 98 yards on just five receptions to go with his two touchdowns.

This post will be updated with more information shortly.

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