Stafford, Rams beat Seahawks 26-17; Wilson injures finger

Los Angeles Rams linebacker Jamir Jones (44) blocks a kick by Seattle Seahawks punter Michael Dickson (4) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Los Angeles Rams linebacker Jamir Jones (44) blocks a kick by Seattle Seahawks punter Michael Dickson (4) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Matthew Stafford threw for 365 yards and a touchdown and the Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 26-17 on Thursday night in a game Russell Wilson left in the second half with a finger injury on his throwing hand

SEATTLE (AP) — Matthew Stafford was able to manage the discomfort with the finger on his throwing hand and pick apart the Seattle Seahawks' beleaguered defense.

Meanwhile, Russell Wilson was left as a spectator. His own finger injury was too severe for the Seattle's star quarterback to continue against the division rival.

“It was just a little bit out of place and was able to put it back in and keep going,” Stafford said. "It didn’t affect me too much, to be honest with you.”

Stafford seemed just fine, throwing for 365 yards and a touchdown and the Rams beat the Seahawks 26-17 on Thursday night in a game Wilson left in the second half with the finger injury on his throwing hand.

Wilson missed significant game time due to injury for the first time after injuring the middle finger on his throwing hand. Wilson was hurt by contact on a follow through midway through the third quarter. He attempted to direct one more drive before turning the game over to backup Geno Smith.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said it was a “badly sprained finger," and that further tests would be coming.

“He wasn’t able to hold on to the football the way he needed to to throw,” Carroll said.

Held to just three points in the first half for only the fifth time in the regular season under Sean McVay, the Rams (4-1) woke up in the final 30 minutes and rebounded from their first loss of the season last Sunday to Arizona.

Stafford said his finger first started bothering him in the second quarter, but was manageable. He threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Higbee late in the third quarter to give the Rams a 16-7 lead. Stafford hit DeSean Jackson for 68 yards earlier in the quarter on third-and-10 that led to Darrell Henderson’s 5-yard run that gave Los Angeles its first lead of the game.

And after Seattle (2-3) pulled to 16-14 in the fourth quarter, Stafford was 4 of 4 for 71 yards on the ensuing drive leading to Sony Michel’s 2-yard touchdown run with 6:08 remaining.

Robert Woods had 12 catches for 150 yards and the Rams won their second straight in Seattle after last January’s playoff victory over the Seahawks.

“He was big when we were backed up, made some explosive plays,” Stafford said about Woods. “He played great tonight."

The Rams finished with 476 yards of offense, the most they’ve amassed in their last 20 games since Week 3 vs Buffalo in 2020 when they had 478. It’s also their third-biggest offensive game in the last two calendar years since Week 5 at Seattle in 2019 when they posted 477 yards.

Seattle pulled to 23-17 on Jason Myers’ field goal from 32 yards with 2:45 left. Seattle forced a quick punt after Carlos Dunlap batting down Stafford’s third-down pass.

But Smith couldn’t lead a storybook final drive, with his first pass intercepted by Nick Scott as Tyler Lockett tripped making his break. Smith was 10 of 17 for 131 yards in the fourth quarter.

“I really thought we had a chance and I thought we were going to come back and get it done. Unfortunately, we didn’t,” Smith said.

Smith was needed because Wilson's fingers hit Aaron Donald’s arm on the follow through of a pass that nearly went for a touchdown but was slightly overthrown midway through the third quarter.

Wilson remained in for one more series and attempted one pass. He was sacked on third-and-5 by Donald, No. 88 1/2 of his career setting a new franchise record — although the Rams records don’t include Deacon Jones as sacks weren’t an official stat when he played. Wilson never took another snap and finished 11 of 16 for 152 yards, one touchdown and his first interception of the season.

“It felt good and it’s a blessing. It’s even better when you can accomplish something like that coming off a divisional win,” Donald said of the record.

Smith entered with Seattle backed up at its own 2. Since arriving in Seattle at the start of the 2019 season, Smith had thrown a total of five passes, all of them coming in a blowout win over the Jets last season.

On his first drive, Smith was perfect. He was 5 of 5 for 72 yards, the last a 23-yard strike to DK Metcalf for his second touchdown of the game with 9:23 remaining to pull Seattle to 16-14.

KEY PENALTY

Seattle appeared to take a 14-3 lead at the end of the first half but a 15-yard touchdown pass to Lockett was called back on a holding penalty against Duane Brown. Jason Myers then missed a 35-yard field goal and the Seahawks had to settle for a 7-3 halftime advantage.

INJURIES

Rams CB Darious Williams suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and did not return. ... Seattle played without starting RB Chris Carson due to a neck issue.

UP NEXT

Rams: At the New York Giants on Sunday, Oct. 17.

Seahawks: At Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 17.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has his throwing hand examined on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has his throwing hand examined on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) eyes an incomplete pass as Seattle Seahawks free safety Quandre Diggs (6) moves in during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) eyes an incomplete pass as Seattle Seahawks free safety Quandre Diggs (6) moves in during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay watches form the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay watches form the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) makes a catch for a touchdown near Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) makes a catch for a touchdown near Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson (27) hands the ball to tight end Johnny Mundt (82) after Henderson scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson (27) hands the ball to tight end Johnny Mundt (82) after Henderson scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson goes down as he tries to get a pass off against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson goes down as he tries to get a pass off against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf catches a pass from backup quarterback Geno Smith for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf catches a pass from backup quarterback Geno Smith for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, right, greets Robert Woods (2) and running back Sony Michel (25), second from left, after Michel scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, right, greets Robert Woods (2) and running back Sony Michel (25), second from left, after Michel scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates with running back Sony Michel (25) after Michel scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates with running back Sony Michel (25) after Michel scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith, right, looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith, right, looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith (7) passes to wide receiver DK Metcalf for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith (7) passes to wide receiver DK Metcalf for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, left, sits on the turf after he got tripped up and had a pass intended for him intercepted by Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott (not shown) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. The Rams won 26-17. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, left, sits on the turf after he got tripped up and had a pass intended for him intercepted by Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott (not shown) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. The Rams won 26-17. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott (33) intercepts a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. The Rams won 26-17. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott (33) intercepts a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. The Rams won 26-17. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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