A scoring performance by running back Cam Akers, a six-pick by cornerback Darious Williams and a courageous performance by quarterback Jared Goff in place of injured John Wolford helped the Rams advance to the divisional round of the playoffs. with a 30-20 victory over the Seahawks on Saturday at Lumen Field in Seattle.
Wolford started as a quarterback but left the game with a neck injury at the end of the first quarter and did not return after being taken to hospital for precautionary measures. However, Rams head coach Sean McVay said Wolford returned from hospital after the game and was back in the locker room smiling and celebrating with his teammates after the win.
Wolford completed 3 of 6 attempted passes for 29 yards before leaving the fight. Goff, meanwhile, stepped up and completed 9 of 19 attempted passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in the win, just 12 days away from thumb surgery. Wide receiver Robert Woods was on the receiving end of Goff’s only touchdown pass, also finishing with four catches for 48 yards.
Akers totaled 28 carries for 131 yards and a rushing touchdown, becoming the first rookie in franchise history to rush for 100 yards or more in a playoff game. Adding his two receptions for 45 yards, Akers totaled 176 yards of scrum, accounting for more than half of the team’s total 333 yards of offense.
Williams ’42-yard interception return for a touchdown marked the Rams’ first playoff defensive touchdown since Jan. 20, 2002 against the Packers, when they had three of those scores.
Besides Wolford’s injury, offensive lineman David Edwards left the game early in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald suffered a rib injury with 10:04 left in the third quarter and was questionable returning. After returning to the locker room following the injury, Donald returned to the Rams sideline late in the third quarter but did not return to the field.
Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was assessed for a concussion in the first half but returned early in the third quarter. He and Donald each finished with two bags.
The Rams scored the first goal thanks to a 40-yard field kicker Matt Gay for a 3-0 lead early with 3:52 left in the first quarter.
A 50-yard field goal by Seahawks kicker Jason Myers tied the game 3-3 with 10:34 left in the second quarter, but the Rams responded in the series that followed with a 39-yard field goal from Gay for regain the 6-3 lead. That scoring campaign was aided by a 44-yard completion from Goff to Kupp that placed Los Angeles at Seattle 28.