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Fourth quarter

Peephole perspective: The Seahawks got two more field goals from Olindo Mare, and a fifth NFC West title with the victory. Seahawks 16-6.

Player of the quarter: Marshawn Lynch. When the Seahawks got the ball back with 8:42 to play, the Seahawks’ Beast Mode back went to work. He carried nine times on the drive to Mare’s final field goal.

Play of the quarter: The Rams had the ball at the Seahawks’ 46, with Seattle holding a 13-6 lead. But LB Will Herring intercepted Sam Bradford’s pass that was intended for WR Brandon Gibson.

Number of the quarter: 7. The number of victories by the Seahawks this season, but it was enough to make them the first division winner since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 to advance to the playoffs with a losing record.

The bigger picture: The Rams’ first possession of the quarter ended in yet another three-and-out. The Seahawks offense then moved 29 yards in seven plays to a 38-yard field goal by Mare that made it 13-6 with 10:53 left in the game. On back-to-back plays, Charlie Whitehurst hit WR Ben Obomanu with a 13-yard pass and Lynch had a 13-yard run.

After an exchange of three-and-outs, the Seahawks got the ball back on Herring’s interception. The offense then played keep away, driving 47 yards in 13 plays to burn seven minutes off the clock. Mare kicked a 34-yarder to cap the effort with 1:37 left in the game.

On the Rams’ final possession, DE Raheem Brock had back-to-back sacks.


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