Turnovers were the difference.
The Los Angeles Rams turned the ball over five times as they were shutout in the second half, losing to the Seahawks, 16-10, on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Jared Goff's pass with 0:08 seconds remaining in the game bounced in front of Cooper Kupp and the Seahawks defense came up big on the final play, as they did all game.
"We all played so well on defense," Earl Thomas said. "Even when our back was against the wall, we squared up in the red zone. This is the No. 1 offense, and we did a great job."
Entering the game, the Rams were undefeated inside the Coliseum all-time against Seattle, with a blowout win on Oct. 31, 1976 and a 9-6 win in the home opener last season.
Similar to that game, it was a defensive battle throughout as neither team could score more than one touchdown in the game.
Blair Walsh converted three field goals, and Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham for the Seahawks only score.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 8, 2017
Wilson was 24-for-37 for 198 yards, a touchdown and an interception on the day.
Thomas Rawls was Seattle's leading rusher with just 20 yards on the ground and Graham led all receivers on the team with six catches for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Tavon Austin scampered 27-yards for the first score of the game as the Rams went up early. Austin, became the only wide receiver in NFL history to have a rushing touchdown in each of his first five seasons in the NFL.
— NFL (@NFL) October 8, 2017
In his first career start, rookie John Johnson III, intercepted Wilson deep in the Rams territory and returned it 69-yards, setting up a field goal from reigning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Greg Zuerlein.
First career start? First career INT!!
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) October 8, 2017
"I broke on the ball as quick as I could and caught it," Johnson III said of his first career interception. "I should have taken it to the house, but it was great to finally get an interception. I hope there's a lot more coming."
Goff was shutout in the second half, going 22-for-47 for 288 yards and two interceptions in the game. Goff also fumbled late in the fourth quarter to set up the Seahawks final field goal.
Reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week Todd Gurley was held to just 43 yards rushing on 14 carries and had two catches for seven yards.
Robert Woods led the receiving corps with five catches for 66 yards.
Despite the fact that both teams were brilliant defensively, the Rams can look at the film and say "so close," in so many situations.
"I'm extremely concerned about the turnovers," Rams head coach Sean McVay said after the game. "If we don't fix that, it's going to be really tough to win football games. As far as the red zone, it starts with me and I've to make sure that I'm looking at myself critically."
Early in the first quarter, it had appeared that Gurley had reached for the pylon and scored a touchdown, but after replay review, Earl Thomas had kung-fu chopped the ball away, and the play resulted in a touchback instead of a touchdown.
"I've got to do a better job of taking care of the ball," Gurley said of the frustrating play at the pylon. "I should've just lowered my shoulder. Good thing it did happen so I won't let it happen again. It was a tough one though--tough one to swallow."
The Rams were unable to covert in the red zone as they finished 0-for-4 inside the 20 during the game.
Their final drive of the game in the red zone also nearly resulted in a game-winning touchdown, as Goff's pass went off the fingertips of Kupp who had beaten his man on the route.
Cooper Kupp drops Game Winning TD pic.twitter.com/zh3mWnt2nH
— Dodgers (@DodgersVideos) October 9, 2017
"You're expected to make those plays and my expectations are no different," a visibly upset Kupp said after the drop. "I expect to make that play. I can't say anything about whether it was behind me or a one-handed catch, if I'm putting my hands on the ball, I've got to make that play."
The Rams will travel to Florida next week where they will take on the Jekyll and Hyde team that is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kickoff is set for 1:05PM PST and the game will air live on FOX.