Self-inflicted wounds were the theme of the game for the Seattle Seahawks as they fell to their fourth defeat of the season against the Los Angeles Rams, 17-16 at SoFi Stadium on Sunday.
The Seahawks racked up 12 penalties for a whopping 130 yards against the Rams as they simply couldn't get out of their own way in a game that wasn't easy on the eye.
Head coach Pete Carroll was left ruing the costly penalties that would ultimately be a deciding factor in them walking out of SoFi Stadium with a loss.
“This was most disappointing loss for us because of the way we did it,” Carroll said. “We made it really hard on ourselves so many times in this game with the calls that were made. I’m not disputing any of them, the penalties that happened were just out of line for us. We have not been good in that area during the season, and today [it] really blew up on us.”
While the loss will no doubt be hard to grasp, Geno Smith has an injury concern that Carroll stated was a tricep injury (just above the elbow) that hindered his ability to throw the football.
Smith would miss two series in the fourth quarter before returning on the game's final drive and leading his team into Rams territory as the offense moved 38 yards in just eight plays.
It would set up kicker Jason Myers for his second potential game-winning field goal in as many weeks, this time from 55 yards. Unfortunately, his kick went wide right, and the Seahawks fell to 6-4.
There isn't too much time to dwell on the result, as the Seahawks are back in action in a few days against the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving with the division lead on the line.