Thursday Night Thriller in Seattle


Peyton McBride, Sports Editor

Every week during the football season the NFL begins with Thursday Night Football. Thursday Night Football has not always produced the best games this season. One of the better games this season occurred last week when the Eagles and Packers delivered a 34-27 victory for the Eagles. However, this week TNF featured arguably the best game of the season so far. 

This week featured the 3-1 Los Angeles Rams and the 3-1 Seattle Seahawks. The Rams are coming off of a 55-40 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; the Seahawks are coming off of a 27-10 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. 

The game started off with with a Seahawk fumble in which the Rams would capitalize with a field goal to put the score at 3-0. After some back and forth punting the Rams would score another field goal to leave the score at 6-0. With 49 seconds left in the first quarter Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass to the back corner of the endzone to Tyler Lockett for a touchdown to give Seattle a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

The second quarter scoring started off with a 40 yard pass from Wilson to rookie DK Metcalf to give the Seahawks a 14-6 lead with 8:08 remaining in the half. The Rams eventually cut in to the deficit with a touchdown pass from Jared Goff to Kuper Cupp with six seconds left. This drew the Seattle lead to 14-13 at the half. 

The third quarter saw the Rams get the lead quickly with a Todd Gurley rush for eight yards to give the Rams a 20-14 lead with 12:07 remaining. After roughly seven minutes of no scoring the Seahawks took back the lead after a touchdown pass from Wilson to David Moore for 10 yards. This left a 21-20 lead for Seattle. With 3:07 remaining in the third, Gurley barreled up the middle to give the Rams a 26-21 lead after a failed 2-pt conversion. The score heading into the fourth quarter remained the same. 

Seahawk kicker Jason Myers drilled a 42-yard field goal to bring the Seahawks within two. With 9:19 remaining in the fourth quarter Greg Zuerlien extended the Rams lead to 29-24 after a 36-yard field goal. With Seattle having first and goal the L.A. defense held strong and looked like they would get a goal-line stand. Wilson took the snap and scrambled out of the pocket to find running back Chris Carson who bobbled the pass but caught it in the endzone to give the Seahawks a 30-29 lead. 

Jared Goff looked to take this game back and seal the win for his Rams and avoid a second straight loss. The Rams drive down the field and get into field goal range with 24 seconds remaining. Head Coach Sean McVay sent out Greg Zuerlien and the field goal team with 15 seconds left to take the lead and essentially seal the win for the Rams. Unfortunately for Rams fans, Zuerlien could not deliver as he missed the go ahead field goal and the Rams lost the game by a score of 30-29. 

Thursday Night Football delivered an amazing game for the second week in a row. The fourth quarter was worth the price of admission alone and it was definitely an early candidate for Game of the Year. 

The Seahawks (4-1) head to Cleveland to take on Baker Mayfield and the 2-2 Browns on October 13. 

The Rams (3-2) head back home to host Jimmy Garoppolo and the 3-0 49ers on October 13.