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Russell Wilson throws 4 TD passes, Seattle Seahawks hold off Rams 30-29

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) slips a tackle from Los Angeles Rams defensive end Dante Fowler (56) during first half of an NFL football game on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) slips a tackle from Los Angeles Rams defensive end Dante Fowler (56) during first half of an NFL football game on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
By Tim Booth Associated Press

SEATTLE – Russell Wilson threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Carson on fourth-and-goal with 2 minutes, 28 seconds remaining to give Seattle the lead, Greg Zuerlein missed a 44-yard field goal with 11 seconds left and the Seahawks held on for a wild 30-29 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

Jared Goff and the Rams (3-2) appeared on the verge of a victory after driving into field-goal range in the final 90 seconds. Zuerlein hit three field goals earlier, but this attempt slipped wide right and gave Seattle (4-1) a win it needed against its NFC West foe after losing six of the past eight to the Rams.

Wilson was 17 of 23 for 268 and four touchdowns. He was at his best, whether it was his throws from the pocket or when he was forced to improvise. It was one stunning play after another from Seattle’s star, continuing the best start to a season in his career.

“I thought Russell played one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

Seattle appeared to wrap up the victory when Tedric Thompson made a juggling interception of Goff’s deflected pass while lying on the turf with 2:08 left. But the Rams forced Seattle to punt and took possession at their 7 with 1:38 left.

In just seven plays, Goff had the Rams to the Seattle 30 after a 28-yard strike to Gerald Everett. The Rams stalled and a 9-yard pass to Everett on third-down set up Zuerlein’s attempt. The snap was good, but the kick stayed just to the right.

“It’s one kick. He’s made a lot of big kicks for us. He’s going to continue to make a lot of big kicks for us,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.

Goff finished 29 of 49 for 395 yards and one touchdown just days after throwing for a career-high 517 yards and tying an NFL record with 45 completions in a loss to Tampa Bay. Everett had seven catches for 136 yards, and Cooper Kupp had nine grabs for 118 yards and a TD.

Wilson, though, was the star.

Wilson had touchdown passes of 13 yards to Tyler Lockett and 40 yards to DK Metcalf in the first half. He threw a 10-yarder to David Moore in the third quarter and he had a final answer after the Rams had taken a 29-24 lead.

Wilson led Seattle 60 yards in 12 plays, helped during the drive by a roughing-the-passer call on Clay Matthews. After stalling inside the 10, Seattle faced fourth down at the 5. Wilson scrambled like he had all night, buying enough time to find Carson open in the corner of the end zone. The running back scared nearly all of the 69,000 in attendance by juggling the pass before gaining control. Carson said he lost the pass in the stadium lights, which led to the juggle.

Carson finished with 118 yards rushing on 27 carries. The touchdown was his only reception.

“Everyone kept their composure. Everyone was so poised and stayed in the moment,” Seattle offensive lineman Duane Brown said. “We were always very optimistic and had all the faith in the world and big time players stepped up for us.”

Ex-EWU linebacker Samson Ebukam finished with one tackle.

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