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Cooper Kupp, Rams get by Seahawks

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Dec 21, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 21, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford threw two second-half touchdown passes to Cooper Kupp as the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 20-10 Tuesday night in Inglewood, Calif.

The Rams (10-4) won their third game in a row and moved into a tie with Arizona for first place in the NFC West.

The Seahawks (5-9) had a two-game winning streak snapped and their wild-card playoff hopes dimmed even further. The Seahawks are assured of a losing record for the first time in Russell Wilson’s 10 seasons.

The Rams broke a 10-all tie on Kupp’s 29-yard touchdown reception with 10:48 remaining, capping an eight-play, 88-yard drive.

It seemed the Seahawks were going to get good field position when the Rams’ third-and-12 play from their own 10 came up short, but Seattle cornerback Blessuan Austin was called for holding Kupp before the pass was thrown. That gave the Rams an automatic first down, and they moved quickly down the field for the go-ahead score.

Matt Gay added a 35-yard field goal with 1:51 left to clinch the victory.

Stafford was 21 of 29 for 244 yards, and Kupp made nine catches for 136 yards. Sony Michel added 92 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Wilson was 17 of 31 for 156 yards and a late interception. Teammate Carlos Dunlap had three sacks.

The Seahawks took the lead on their opening drive of the second half, with DeeJay Dallas scoring on a 4-yard run to make it 10-3.

The Rams responded with a touchdown drive of their own, with Stafford hitting Kupp with a 6-yard scoring strike to tie it at 10-all.

The score was tied 3-3 at halftime after Seattle’s Jason Myers kicked a 39-yard field goal with 10 seconds left.

The Rams held the ball for 21 minutes in the first half and had a 153-79 edge in total offense, but their offense stalled every time they crossed midfield — which they did on their first four drives.

Their only points came on Gay’s 55-yard field goal on their first drive, which was extended by a play after Seattle’s Alton Robinson was flagged for running into Rams punter Johnny Hekker, moving the ball close enough for Gay’s attempt.

–Field Level Media