The Seahawks were already presented with a window of opportunity as Rams defensive end Aaron Donald left in the second half due to a rib injury. However, Wilson continued to struggle under center where he finished with 174 yards on an 11-of-27 passing clip along with two touchdowns. He also threw an interception and was sacked five times in the game.
“We needed to get going there,” Wilson said after Donald’s injury via Seattle Times. “The game kind of felt stale for us in a way — we kind of flatlined. We needed to get going and make that happen. And the next thing you know, we didn’t.”
He did get help from wide receiver D.K. Metcalf who came out with 96 yards on five receptions and two touchdowns while fellow pass-catcher Tyler Lockett contributed 43 yards on two catches.
However, the Seahawks ultimately failed to take advantage of Donald's absence which could've been their best chance to get back in the game. Head coach Pete Carroll and his squad eventually settled for a 30-20 defeat at the hands of the Rams to bounce out of the postseason in the opening round.
“I hate this feeling, obviously,” Wilson added. “We felt like we had a chance today. … I was hoping for us to be able to win it all, and we didn’t do that.”
Wilson initially started the season as an early MVP candidate but his individual performance gradually dwindled down in the second half of their campaign.
The Seahawks will hope to use the tough loss as a learning experience for them to further improve heading to the 2021 season.