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Seahawks lock in NFC’s No. 3 seed, host LA Rams in first-round of playoffs

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The scoreboard watching is over, and the Seattle Seahawks first-round matchup in the NFL Playoffs is officially set.

With a 26-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Seattle will host the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the playoffs. The Goff-less Rams are the sixth-seeded team in the NFC following an 18-7 in-and-win victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

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Simply put, it’s going to be a fun one. The Seahawks and Rams split the season series in 2020. Los Angeles came away with the victory on Nov. 15 at the new SoFi Stadium. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was 22 of 37 for 248 yards, had no touchdowns, and threw two interceptions. He was also sacked 6 times. The Rams defense held the Seahawks, then the NFL's top-ranked scoring offense, to just 16 points in the 23-16 loss.

But with the NFC West crown on the line, Seattle prevailed with a 20-9 win at Lumen Field to clinch the division. Seattle kept pace with Los Angeles in the first half as the two teams battled on defense before Russell Wilson took control of his team with a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 13-6 in the second half.

 

Seattle didn’t trail again in the game. Wilson found tight end Jacob Hollister for a 13-yard TD pass to put them up by 11, and the Hawks claimed their first NFC West title since 2016.

The Rams will be out for revenge as the Seahawks set their sights on a championship run. Seattle’s offense struggled on Sunday vs. the 49ers, despite DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett breaking franchise records. If Seattle can't get its offense on the same page, this could be troublesome for the Seahawks as they get in playoff mode.

On the other hand, Goff missed Week 17 with an injury to his right thumb. He has had surgery on the broken thumb but whether he’d sit in favor of John Wolford against the Seahawks is unknown.

The first round of the playoffs will take place this weekend. The Seahawks will face the Rams in the Wild Card game on Saturday at 1:40 p.m. PT on FOX.