Seahawks fall to Rams 9-3 as NFL returns to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Injuries plagued the Seahawks on Sunday when they fell to the Rams 9 – 3 in the first regular-season NFL game in Los Angeles since 1994.

Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals, the longest a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter, leading the Rams to victory.

No TDs

It was a defensive battle as both offenses struggled to put points on the board, but the Rams’ defense took control in the second half despite a late push by the Hawks.

The Rams scored first, taking a 3-0 lead with a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter.

The Hawks stalled near the Rams’ end zone and settled for a 23-yard Steven Hauschka field goal in the 2nd quarter.

Russell Wilson seemed a bit slower than normal after suffering an ankle injury last week in the team’s 12-10 victory against the Miami Dolphins. This week, he took at least 8 hits from the Rams’ defense.

LA took the lead just before halftime 6-3 on a short kick by Greg Zuerlein. They’d extend that lead  by another 3 points in the 3rd quarter.

With under two minutes to go, Pete Carroll turned to Russell Wilson and his offense, hoping to repeat last week’s two-minute drill at the end of the game. The drive got off to a promising start with a 53-yard reception by Tyler Lockett who was injured earlier in the game (more on that later). But a few plays later, the ball was stripped from Christine Michael and recovered by Alec Ogletree of the Rams.

The Rams won their first game back in LA 9 – 3.

Plenty of penalties slowed down the game for the crowd of 91,046 on a searing day at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Seattle racked up 10 penalties for 114 yards; the Rams had nine penalties for 78 yards.

Seattle’s Russell Wilson was 22 of 35 for 254 yards, getting sacked twice. He had sprained his right ankle in last week’s win over Miami.

Rams starter Case Keenum was 18 of 30 for 239 yards. He was sacked three times.

“I thought our defense held them down for the most part, but they did make some plays – field goals – and I’ve got to hand it to (the Rams),” Carroll said.

“We have to not have offensive pass interference penalties. Those were crushers today and it was unfortunate in those drives.”

Injuries

Both Tyler Lockett and Thomas Rawls suffered injuries during Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Both players left the field in the second quarter and were not on the field at the beginning of the second half.

Lockett had a sprained knee but was able to return to the game in the 3rd quarter. He had 4 receptions for 99 yards, including a 53-yarder.

In the first half, Rawls had 7 carries for -7 yards. He did not return to the game.

In a post-game news conference, coach Pete Carroll said Rawls suffered a leg contusion, but no further details were immediately known.

Carroll also said Wilson would continue with rehab throughout the week, “He knows what he needs to do. We’re way ahead of where we were last week at this time.”

Doug Baldwin also took some big hits — he left the field slowly at least twice.

National anthem

The Seahawks again linked arms during the national anthem, while the Rams assumed their usual line of players on the sideline. Defensive lineman Robert Quinn again raised his right fist in the air during the anthem. He was not joined by receiver Kenny Britt, who raised his fist before the Rams’ opener.

Football was only part of the action on a sweltering day at the Coliseum, where LeBron James was hobnobbing with owner Stan Kroenke and a litany of entertainment celebrities on the sideline.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played a high-energy pregame show for the packed stadium, with Rams fanatic Flea leading the way on bass. CeeLo Green sang the national anthem. Anthony Kiedis sported a Jared Goff jersey until he stripped down to football pants to announce the Rams’ starting defensive lineup.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.