SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks (12 – 4) won the NFC West with a 20 – 6 victory against the St. Louis Rams (6 – 10) Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
The Rams defense took control early keeping the Hawks scoreless in the first half. Mistakes hurt the Hawks too – including a rare Russell Wilson interception and Marshawn Lynch fumble.
St. Louis managed to score two field goals, 33-yards and 52-yards, to go into halftime with a 6 – 0 lead against the Hawks.
In the second half, Wilson found Paul Richardson for a 32-yard gain moving the Seahawks to the St. Louis 26 yard line. The drive stalled and Steven Hauschka kicked a 42-yard field goal cutting the Rams lead to just 3.
Following a Rams three-and-out, the Hawks drove down the field to the Rams 27 yard line and Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal.
Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill came away with an incredible interception at the beginning of the 4th quarter and ran for 8 yards before he was brought down.
The Hawks went to work and Russell Wilson found Kevin Norwood for a 31-yard gain. That set up Marshawn Lynch who beasted through the Rams defensive line and walked into the end zone – giving the Hawks their first lead of the game, 13 – 6.
On the very next drive, Bruce Irvin intercepted Shaun Hill’s pass and ran 49-yards to complete the pick six. That put the Hawks up 20 – 6.
Nothing could go right for the Rams in the 2nd half. St. Louis drove 74 yards down the field. Quarterback Shaun Hill threw a short pass to Benjamin Cunningham, Earl Thomas forced the ball out and it went out-of-bounds in the end zone – meaning a touchback for Seattle.
The Seahawks earned the #1 seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.