DeSean Jackson’s 68 yard bomb ignites LA Rams comeback win
You would have been perfectly sane to expect the LA Rams offense to score a lot of points in the Week 5 matchup on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. In fact, with two of the worst defenses in the NFL meeting on Thursday Night Football, everyone expected a high-scoring affair. But at halftime, the Rams found themselves down by four, as the scoreboard read: LA Rams 3 Seattle Seahawks 7.
And that was not even close to the weirdest parts of this one.
In the first half, the offense appeared to be in bad shape. Three punts, one interception, and one field goal were all that the offense could generate. Thankfully, the Seattle Seahawks sputtered as well. They had a punt, turnover on downs, an interception, a touchdown, and a missed field goal for their part.
It was not until the LA Rams got a 68-yard pass play to DeSean Jackson on their first possession that seemed to put the Rams’ offense back on track. The Rams finished the drive by a five-yard touchdown run to Darrell Henderson to go up by a score of 9-7. You see, placekicker Matt Gay missed the extra point.
Sometimes, a missed extra point will come back to haunt a team. But that was not the case in this one. From the moment that Jackson came back to catch that deep pass, the offense’s timing seemed to reset and suddenly the Rams were able to move the chains, drive down the field, and put points up on the board.
The Rams scored three touchdowns in the second half on their way to the win.
The Rams had several players shaken up during the game. Running back Darrell Henderson and tight end Tyler Higbee both seemed to injure their left arm/shoulder in the first half, but both returned to play in the second half.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford seemed to hurt the index finger of his throwing hand, but he remained in the game and the Rams changed his bandage twice to help Stafford be comfortable throwing. Darious Williams left the game in the fourth quarter due to a suspected concussion caused when teammate Taylor Rapp kneed him in the helmet as the play ended.
The Rams now have 10 days to rest before traveling across the country to face the New York Giants on October 17.