Seahawks keep NFL playoff hopes alive in overtime win over Rams

The Seahawks need one more Detroit Lions win to secure a playoff berth.

SEATTLE — Needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Seahawks did just enough on Sunday to win the regular-season finals at Lumen Field against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Seahawks benefited late in the fourth quarter from a tussle by Geno Smith and a subsequent personal foul on Jalen Ramsey that put the Seahawks in a scoring position in the final minute. However, Jason Myers missed a field goal after time was up to send the game into overtime.

An impressive interception by Quandre Diggs brought the ball back to Seattle after a rough first possession in overtime.

A field goal by Jason Myers gave the Seahawks a win of the season against the reigning Super Bowl champion Rams and kept the team’s postseason hopes alive. Now it comes down to Sunday night’s game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Here are three takeaways from the Seahawks’ 19-16 win:

Geno Smith ends on a sour note

It remains a career season for the Seahawks quarterback, but Smith didn’t severely disrupt his Pro Bowl 2022 campaign in Sunday’s regular-season finals.

Smith completed 19 of 31 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown and two costly interceptions, both of which were thrown to Jalen Ramsey. While Geno set a franchise record for passing yards in a season, he had one more game to go than Russell Wilson had in 2016.

Ultimately, he did enough to set Myers up for a game-winning field goal, and the entirety of his season absolutely deserves all the credit it’s received.

He’s facing a significant pay raise this offseason, but whether that’ll be from the Seahawks or another QB-hungry team is one of the key storylines going free.

Wagner just missed the revenge

Bobby Wagner hasn’t been shy about his frustration with the Seahawks this offseason following his release after a decade in Seattle.

In the first matchup of the season between those teams, Wagner had an interception and 2 sacks.

In Sunday’s clash, Wagner had six tackles, including one for loss. He and the Rams defense held Smith in one of his worst games, but the Seahawks ultimately prevailed and remain alive in the NFC playoff chase.

Promising pass rush

Constantly under pressure on Sunday, Mayfield took 5 sacks from the Seahawks’ defense.

Bruce Irvin, in particular, landed with 1.5 sacks as he underscored a strong season in his third tenure with the organization.

Rookies Boye Mafe and Coby Bryant also picked up sacks, giving Seattle a bright future on defense along with Tariq Woolen.

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Emma Bowman

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