Jason Myers kicked a 32-yard field goal halfway through overtime, and the Seattle Seahawks kept their playoff hopes alive with a 19-16 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Myers missed from 46 yards out when he hit the post on the final play of regulation, but he got another shot in overtime, the Pro Bowler hit his fourth field goal of the game, and the Seahawks’ postseason chances were kept alive for a few hours. more.

Seattle (9-8) knocked Detroit out of playoff contention, but still needed a Lions win or tie against Green Bay on Sunday night to reach the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the NFC. The Packers would take that spot and take out the Seahawks with a win.

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Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in overtime at Lumen Field on January 8, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.
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Geno Smith had a shaky performance, throwing two interceptions to Jalen Ramsey. But he threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett in the first half and made several key passes late to put Seattle in position to win.

Smith finished 19 of 31 passing for 214 yards and rookie Kenneth Walker III rushed for 114 yards for Seattle.

Baker Mayfield completed 13 of 26 passes for 147 yards and was intercepted on the only overtime possession for the Super Bowl champion Rams (5-12), whose nightmare, injury-plagued title defense thankfully came to an end.

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Seattle went three-and-out to start the extra session, but the Rams failed to capitalize. On LA’s second play, Mayfield had Van Jefferson wide open, but he dropped him slightly, allowing Quandre Diggs to run down the field looking for the pick. It was the first turnover of the game for the Rams.

Smith immediately hit Lockett on a 17-yard completion and Walker had a 20-yard run to put Seattle in field goal range. Given a second chance to win the game, Myers made his 34th field goal in 37 attempts this season.

Jason Myers #5 of the Seattle Seahawks kicks the winning field goal against the Los Angeles Rams during game-winning overtime at Lumen Field on January 8, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

Jason Myers #5 of the Seattle Seahawks kicks the winning field goal against the Los Angeles Rams during game-winning overtime at Lumen Field on January 8, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.
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It was a disappointing performance in a game the Seahawks needed to win, especially in the first half. Smith was intercepted by Ramsey on the first play of the game, and Seattle scored their only TD on Lockett’s reception early in the third quarter.

Cam Akers rushed for 104 yards as the Rams finished the season with three straight 100-plus yard games.

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Lockett became the second player in Seahawks history with four consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards, joining Hall of Famer Steve Largent. Lockett surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on his touchdown catch early in the second half.

Ramsey had his first game with two or more interceptions for the Rams. His last game with multiple interceptions was on November 18, 2018 while playing for Jacksonville against Pittsburgh.

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in overtime at Lumen Field on January 8, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in overtime at Lumen Field on January 8, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.
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Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner was an opponent at Lumen Field for the first time in his career. Unlike Russell Wilson’s return in Week 1, which was littered with boos, Wagner was greeted with a standing ovation from the fans when he came out for the coin toss as the sole representative of the Rams. Seattle fans chanted «Bobby!» while he was standing in midfield giving hugs to some of his former Seattle teammates.

Wagner finished with seven tackles and one tackle for loss.

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