Saturday's Wild Card playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams was one of the lowest moments as a 12 during the Pete Carroll era.
To start, Russell Wilson needed garbage time to outgain Jared Goff, who did not start the game and was 12 days post having surgery on his throwing thumb.
It wasn't too long ago that the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West for the first time since 2016 at Lumen Field after defeating the Rams. In fact, it was only 13 days prior to that same Rams team thoroughly outplaying the Seahawks in a 30-20 victory. The loss ended a 10-game playoff home winning streak, the third-longest of its kind in NFL history.
After the game, while the Seahawks answered questions for why the offense who set the league ablaze before its bye looked like a shell of its former self the second half of the season, climaxing in the largest offensive dud from Russell Wilson in his playoff career, the Rams celebrated.
That included gloating about the victory on social media when wide receiver Robert Woods posted to Instagram a photo of one of his four catches from the game with the caption "Sent them boys to Cancun," which is obviously a reference to how the Seahawks season is over.
In the comments, other Rams joined in on clowning the Seahawks including Rams special teams coach Tory Woodbury who commented "They can keep their hats and tee shirts" with multiple laughing emojis, referring to how the Seahawks won the division two weeks earlier and got NFC West Championship shirts and hats.
Jalen Ramsey added to the fire commenting "Right to Cabo wit they hats & shirts lol."
Heading into the matchup, Rams safety John Johnson mentioned he could tell the Seahawks were "trying to hide" D.K. Metcalf from Jalen Ramsey during the Week 16 matchup.
“I know one thing, No. 20 wasn’t happy about it. He looked forward to that matchup," said Johnson per The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue. "You don’t want to get him angry.”
Ramsey later told reporters he wanted "big on big" in the Wild Card matchup. He wanted to guard Metcalf.
“I feel personally that it should be like big on big,” Ramsey said. “If you believe you have a top guy, I’m looked at as a top guy, we should be matched up against each other a fair amount of times, as you see happens with other teams... That’s what I would like to see, selfishly. I feel like that’s what big games should be. That’s what fans would like to see, and most competitors will seek that out, ask for that."
Metcalf, who set the franchise record with 1,303 receiving yards this season, was held to just three catches and 33 yards on seven targets with Ramsey guarding him Saturday, per NFL Next Gen Stats. The Ole Miss alumnus had a 51-yard touchdown on a broken play when Ramsey was not guarding him and a 12-yard touchdown catch in garbage time, again with Ramsey not guarding him.
It will be a long offseason for the Seahawks who got honestly humiliated by the Rams at home and Los Angeles will continue to talk smack until the teams meet again next season in 2021.