Seattle Seahawks were handed a 20-30 upset right at their home from Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card and the emotions reflect in the words of the head coach Pete Carroll.
Coming off from the regular reason as NFC West champions, the Seahawks fans were expecting a second straight entry into the divisional playoffs and facing a battered Rams who arrived at Seattle with Jared Goff replacing their starting QB John Wolford, sweeping up a Wild Card win was the expected outcome.
Real disappointed in this outcome: Pete Carroll
Unfortunately, the match concluded the complete opposite for the hosts, failing to counter the Rams offence with a bland display from Russell Wilson. The quarterback completed only 11 of 27 passes for 174 yards, in addition to two passing TDs and one interception.
“It’s really frustrating to be done. The sudden of this, there’s nothing like it. You just have to deal with it,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll spoke to NBC Sports Northwest’s Joe Fann, “real disappointed in this outcome.”
Although Wilson marked the marking the second-lowest completion rate of his career at 40.7%, Pete Carroll came in his QB’s defense.
“When you get rushed like that, get sacked five times, against that group, it’s really tough…the pressure was hard, the coverage was good. He was up against it all day”, the Seahawks chief told Gregg Bell of Tacoma News Tribune.
Fresh off from a thumb operation, Jared Goff went above his expectations, going 9 for 19 with 155 passing yards and a TD pass. Running back Cam Akers rushed for 131 yards, landing a touchdown on 28 carries.
My thumb is fine. Its coming along. Its not 100% because it had surgery 12 days ago, but its in a good place,” Goff said after the win, “I’m very capable with what I’ve got going on right now. I’m very proud of our team. Its an exciting game. Its an exciting day.”
After failing to make the playoff cut last year, a Wild Card victory is sure to boost confidence in the Rams dressing room this year, as they head for the Divisional Playoffs.