The Seattle Seahawks held onto a 20-13 win over NFC West rival St. Louis (7-8-1) this afternoon to finish undefeated at home for the first time since the franchise’s 2005 Super Bowl season.
Seattle (11-5) already clinched a playoff spot last week, and will travel to the Dallas (8-7) at Washington (9-6) winner next week in the first round of the NFC Wild Card playoffs.
The winner of tonight’s Dallas-Washington contest will claim the NFC East division crown and No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs, while the Seahawks held onto the No. 5 seed.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed 15 of 19 passes for 250 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to fullback Michael Robinson to tie Peyton Manning for the rookie touchdown record. Wilson finished with 26 passing touchdowns on the year, the same number Manning totaled in his rookie season of 1998.
The Rams did a nice job of getting after Wilson, finishing with six sacks on the day.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries, becoming the third player in team history to rush for over 1,500 yards in a single season. Lynch (1,5xx) joins Chris Warren (1,545 in 1994) and Shaun Alexander (1,696 in 2004 and 1,880 in 2005).
Lynch also ran for 100 yards for the 10th time this season.
The Seahawks took the lead for good on an 10-play, 90-yard drive that ended in a Wilson 1-yard touchdown run with 1:39 left to play.
Seattle receiver Golden Tate kept the drive alive by recovering a Lynch fumble at the St. Louis 22-yard line. Two plays later, Wilson found Tate for a 44-yard pass play down the right sideline, putting the Seahawks in scoring position.
Tate finished with three receptions for 105 yards.
Richard Sherman picked off his team-leading eight interception on 4th and 10 from Seattle’s 29-yard line with 40 seconds left to seal the victory.