LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Rams are determined to keep their playoff hopes burning.
Jared Goff passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns, Todd Gurley ran for 79 yards and a fourth-quarter TD and the defending NFC champion Rams prevented the Seattle Seahawks from clinching a playoff berth with a 28-12 victory Sunday night.
"We're finally playing the way we should have been playing," Los Angeles defensive tackle Aaron Donald said.
Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp caught touchdown passes as the Rams (8-5) ended the Seahawks' five-game winning streak. Woods had seven catches for 98 yards and his first touchdown of the season.
With an aggressive, inventive game plan on both sides of the ball, Los Angeles recaptured a measure of the excitement from its previous two seasons on offense while also playing superb defense against Russell Wilson, who was sacked five times.
The Rams won for the fifth time in seven games. Los Angeles still trails the Vikings by a game for the second wild-card spot, but its chances improved with this critical victory.
"I think this is a different team now with a different mentality," left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "I think we're shooting our shot in the next three weeks."
The Seahawks (10-3) fell out of first place in the NFC West with only their second loss since Sept. 22 and their first road defeat of the season.
Wilson passed for 245 yards amid constant pressure from the Rams. Quandre Diggs returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter, but it was the Seahawks' only touchdown.
"You've got to hand it to them," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said of the Rams. "They played great. They did everything they wanted to do."