Rams quarterback Jared Goff is sacked by Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark during the first quarter of a game at CenturyLink Field on Dec. 15.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rams linebacker Bryce Hager is unable to come up with an interception against Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham in the third quarter at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Dec. 15.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rams interim coach John Fassel leads his team during warm-ups before a game against the Seahawks on Dec. 15.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rams defensive end Eugene Sims walks off the field after a 24-3 loss to the Seahawks on Dec. 15.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rams quarterback Jared Goff is engulfed by the Seahawk defense during the third quarter of a game on Dec. 15.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
NFL analyst Michael Irvin on the sideline of the Rams-Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. FOR THE RECORD, 7:25 a.m., Dec. 18: Earlier, Irvin was misidentified as Eric Dickerson.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rams receiver Kenny Britt prevents an interception by the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman in the third quarter at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A Seahawks fan takes a grinch’s view of the Rams on Thursday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rams quarterback Jared Goff fumbles as he’s dropped by Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril in the third quarter at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett catches a touchdown pass in front of Rams defenders Cody Davis and Trumaine Johnson in the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Thursday.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rams quarterback Jared Goff is sacked by Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark during the first quarter of a game on Dec. 15.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rams receiver Kenny Britt is stopped by the Seahawks’ K.J. Wright, left, and Bobby Wagner (54) after a short gain in the first quarter of a game on Dec. 15.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Seahawks tight end Luke Willson (82) celebrates a touchdown in front of Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson during the second quarter of a game on Thursday.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Receiver Michael Thomas drops a pass from punter Johhny Hekker as a fourth-down fake by the Rams fails in the second quarter of a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 15.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Here are a few things you might have missed during the Rams’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks, 24-3, on Thursday night.
On the sack that ended the Rams’ first drive, Seattle’s Frank Clark initially was blocked by guard Rodger Saffold, who seemed to pass him off to left tackle Greg Robinson. Problem was, Robinson was already engaged with a defender. Clark squeezed between the two and tackled a helpless Jared Goff.
On Tavon Austin’s weekly end-around run, he never would have turned the corner if not for a great cut block by Lance Kendricks on Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright.
Not only was Rams receiver Michael Thomas more than five yards beyond safety Steven Terrell when he dropped a sure touchdown pass from Goff, but also Austin was behind the defense on the other side of the field.
On third and one on the Seattle seven, Brian Quick somehow was left uncovered as he weaved his way across the field and into the end zone but Goff botched the throw, which landed short and behind the receiver.
On the fourth-down play that was first ruled a first down for the Rams before it was overturned, Todd Gurley put his head down and appeared to be closing on a first when Bobby Wagner stonewalled the back while absorbing the hit between his numbers.
Seattle had been picking on replacement Mike Jordan in the first half, and got its first score when the corner was drawn inside on a play-fake and couldn’t get outside fast enough to stop tight end Luke Willson on a pass to the flat.
Robinson and Saffold split again, leaving a gaping hole for Wright to run through untouched and tackle Gurley for a four-yard loss.
Right tackle Rob Havenstein was beaten to the outside by Cliff Avril, who strip-sacked Goff. Luckily for the Rams, Goff recovered the ball.
It’s a good thing Alec Ogletree blocked Russell Wilson’s third-and-short pass from the Rams’ 45 because Seattle’s Tyler Lockett was open in front of Jordan for a potential first down.
The Seahawks’ rush assault con- tinued as they rushed four versus the Rams’ five linemen, but it was still a jailbreak with Cassius Marsh getting to Goff first for a sack when he beat Robinson with an inside move. Seat- tle kept the heat on with stunts that perplexed the Rams’ line all night.
Seattle’s Jimmy Graham appeared to be making a TD grab before Bryce Hager stripped the ball and kept his feet in for what looked like an interception until a review determined the pass was incomplete. On the next play, Troy Hill was faked out of his jock by Doug Baldwin for an easy one-yard TD reception. Apparently, the Seahawks have lost the ability to pound the ball into pay dirt.
Rams corner Trumaine Johnson was playing outside leverage on the 57-yard touchdown bomb to Lockett, most likely meaning he was expecting safety help, but backup Cody Davis was much too late coming over to stop the game-clinching score.
The Rams were outscored by the Kings and the Ducks of the NHL.