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Instant analysis: Three thoughts from the Seahawks’ gritty 16-10 win 
over the Rams
Originally published October 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm Updated October 8, 2017 
at 4:25 pm
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By Scott Hanson
Seattle Times assistant sports editor

The Seahawks scored 16 unanswered points and narrowly escaped another 
grind-it-out game against the Rams.

1. The Seahawks’ pass rush showed up just in time
The Seattle defense entered the game tied for 21st in the NFL in sacks 
with nine, and the only one they got until late in game was a gift as 
Jared Goff tripped over his own feet.  But in the fourth quarter, when 
the Seahawks had to have a pass rush, they came through. Pressure up the 
middle forced a wobbly Goff throw that was intercepted by Thomas, and 
Frank Clark’s sack and forced fumble helped save the day for Seattle.

Seattle Seahawks ✔ @Seahawks
FUMBLE!!!! Another turnover forced by the defense. Clark with the strip. 
Richardson with the recovery. #SEAvsLAR
3:58 PM - Oct 8, 2017
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2. It’s a good thing the Seahawks had Russell Wilson on their side

Time and time again, Wilson seem to be on the verge of getting sacked, 
but unlike most quarterbacks who just throw the ball away in those 
situations, he somehow found receivers. His ability to turn a seemingly 
sure bad play into positive yardage was on display several times in the 
Seahawks’ 15-play, 75 yard drive that allowed them to close to 10-7 in 
the first half. Wilson was sacked three times, but it’s not a stretch to 
say that a quarterback with average mobility would have been sacked 
several more times facing the kind of pressure Wilson did.

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Matt Calkins @Matt_Calkins
Russell Wilson being 23 of 33 for 194 yards with 17 yards rushing on 4 
carries does not do his game justice. Has kept countless plays alive.
3:29 PM - Oct 8, 2017
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3. The Seahawks were a bit lucky
The Rams could have won if Cooper Kupp held on to Goff’s rocket with 12 
seconds left. And that wasn’t the Seahawks’ only break. LA’s first drive 
seemed almost certain to end with a touchdown before Thomas forced the 
fumble at the goal line that was both lucky and good. And you certainly 
can’t count on Greg Zuerlein to miss a 36-yard field goal or Jared Goff 
to fall down without being hit, helping stall a promising drive.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman (28) and Seattle Seahawks 
free safety Earl Thomas (29) celebrate after Seattle Seahawks strong 
safety Kam Chancellor (31) breaks up the final Ram attempt to score in 
the fourth quarter. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh (7) and Seattle Seahawks punter Jon 
Ryan (9) watch as Walch kicks a 4th quarter field goal giving the 
Seahawks a 6 point lead. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) rambles toward 
the end zone after picking up a fumble during 4th quarter action. (Mike 
Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) picks up a 4th 
quarter fumble and runs it toward the goal line.
  (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) causes Los Angeles Rams 
quarterback Jared Goff (16) to fumble during 4th quarter action. The 
fumble was picked up by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon 
Richardson (91). (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seahawk fan Deb Hindman, one of thousands of Seahawks fans at the game, 
holds a sign as the Los Angeles Rams play the Seattle Seahawks. (Mike 
Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) intercepts a Los Angeles 
Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) pass during 4th quarter action. (Mike 
Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) makes a 4th quarter 
pass. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) runs the ball during 4th 
quarter action. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
With Los Angeles Rams hanging on him, Seattle Seahawks quarterback 
Russell Wilson (3) gets off a 3rd quarter pass. (Mike Siegel / The 
Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy (27) makes a 3rd quarter run. 
(Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) stretches out for an 
extra few inches during a 3rd quarter run. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh (7) is congratulated by his team 
after putting the Seahawks in the lead during the 3rd quarter. (Mike 
Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles during 3rd 
quarter action. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seahawk fans celebrate the win as the Los Angeles Rams play the Seattle 
Seahawks. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) takes down Los 
Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30). (Mike Siegel / The Seattle 
Times)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) takes down Los 
Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30). (Mike Siegel / The Seattle 
Times)
Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh (7) is congratulated by his team 
after tying the score at the end of the first half. (Mike Siegel / The 
Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked during 2nd 
quarter action. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) catches a last first 
half catch for a first down as the Los Angeles Rams play the Seattle 
Seahawks/ (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) breaks up a pass 
during 2nd quarter action. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham catches a touchdown pass under 
pressure from Los Angeles Rams defensive back John Johnson during the 
first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. 
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas, right, forces a fumble at the 
goal line by Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley during the first 
half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP 
Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Seattle Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy, left, runs past Los Angeles 
Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman during the first half of an NFL 
football game Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. 
Terrill)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll takes a selfie with Seahawks 
fans as the Los Angeles Rams play the Seattle Seahawks at the Los 
Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) signs 
autographs before the game. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
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