Seahawks Football 101: How everyone played a part in keeping the Rams out of the end zone

Dec 29, 2020, 2:55 PM | Updated: Jan 5, 2021, 3:42 pm

The Seahawks have a lot to be proud of this week when it comes to their defense. Most likely on top of that list is the fact that Seattle won the NFC West title on Sunday by holding the Los Angeles Rams completely out of the end zone in a 20-9 victory.

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Not that the Rams didn’t get really close to a touchdown, though. In fact, LA had a first-and-goal at Seattle’s 2-yard line at a pivotal point in the third quarter, which came on the drive directly after the first Seahawks touchdown of the game put them ahead 13-6.

What happened next was an incredible series of events that may be the moment of the season for Seattle’s defense. The Rams ran four straight running plays, but the Seahawks got to the ball carrier each time before they could break the plane of the end zone, resulting in a gigantic turnover on downs.

In the latest episode of Football 101, Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Wyman and Bob puts that incredible goal-line stand into focus. The former Seahawks and Denver Broncos linebacker was on the call with Steve Raible at Lumen Field for all of Sunday’s action, and nobody has a better perspective on what the defense did to stop the Rams than Wyman.

In the video, Wyman explains how every part of Seattle’s defense factored into keeping Los Angeles from scoring, whether it was push by the defensive line, the instincts of K.J. Wright and the rest of the linebackers, or an insane shoestring tackle by Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams.

Watch Football 101 at the top of this post, and catch up with every episode from this season by clicking on the links below.

Seahawks Football 101

• Week 1: Adams, Dunbar solve a play that has been Seattle’s problem
• Week 2: How Bobby Wagner helped seal a win on the final play vs. the Patriots
• Week 3: Team effort results in a safety against the Cowboys
• Week 4: How K.J. Wright and the defense solved Seattle’s big-play issues
• Week 5: How the defense came up clutch against the Vikings
• Week 7: Rookie LB Jordyn Brooks’ promising plays in Arizona
• Week 8: Why Bobby Wagner is the NFL’s best blitzing LB
• Week 9: What Carlos Dunlap adds that the defense needs
• Week 11: How K.J. Wright outplayed Kyler Murray
• Week 11 bonus: Proof that the defense’s new success is sustainable
• Week 12: Chris Carson is back, and this is how to use him
• Week 13: The defense’s crucial adjustment to Giants’ run game
• Week 14: The emergence of Ugo Amadi
• Week 15: Jamal Adams does it all for Seattle at safety

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