In the first half of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, the Seattle Seahawks’ defense displayed a strong performance, limiting Matthew Stafford and the Rams’ offense to just 94 yards of total offense. Despite their defensive prowess, the Seahawks faced a significant challenge in the form of penalties, accumulating eight infractions for a total loss of 96 yards.
Notably, a pass interference penalty on safety Julian Love accounted for a 45-yard setback. These penalties allowed the Rams to advance to the Seahawks’ two-yard line primarily due to the infractions.
Aside from the penalties, the Seahawks had a positive half, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive and adding two Jason Myers field goals in the second quarter. However, towards the end of the second quarter, the Rams’ offense gained momentum, with Matthew Stafford connecting with Puka Nacua for a four-yard touchdown, narrowing the Seahawks’ lead to 13-7.
Quarterback Geno Smith demonstrated efficiency, completing 13 of 18 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown. D.K. Metcalf contributed with three catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, while Jaxon Smith-Njigba had two receptions for 41 yards. On the Rams’ side, Stafford completed seven of 12 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Both teams faced injury concerns in the first half, with Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker doubtful to return due to an oblique injury, and Rams receiver Cooper Kupp leaving the field with a limp. As the Seahawks prepare to start the second half with possession, they aim to build on their halftime lead and avoid a repeat of their previous meeting with the Rams in Week 1, where they faced a 30-13 loss.