Seahawks can't come back
Opportunity lost Sunday by the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle lost 30-24 at Jacksonville in a heated, ejection-filled game in Florida.
In a game that began at the same time and lasted a bit longer on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Rams lost 43-35 to visiting Philadelphia.
It was a big game at Jacksonville, with possible playoff implications, for both teams. Jacksonville began the day tied with Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans for first place in the AFC South. The Seahawks entered Sunday one game behind the NFC West-leading Rams.
With the results, the Rams are 9-4, Seattle 8-5 in their division, while Jacksonville improved to 9-4 and took sole possession of first place in its division as the Titans slipped to 8-5 with a 12-7 loss at Arizona.
The Jaguars began the day leading the NFL in total defense, including in points allowed, passing defense and sacks — and lived up to those numbers through three quarters. They intercepted Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson three times and kept the Seahawks' offense mostly in check, until a wild fourth quarter.
Both defenses dominated in the first half.
Jacksonville was able to muster a nine-play, 73-yard march that led to a 38-yard field goal by Josh Lambo.
Seattle's Mike Davis carried five times for 51 yards on a drive late in the second quarter, but Blair Walsh missed a 38-yard field-goal try, leaving the Jaguars in front 3-0.
In the third quarter, Wilson's second intercepted pass heled Jacksonville add to its lead. The Jaguars took over at the Seattle 42-yard line and went on top 10-0 when Blake Bortles flipped an 18-yard touchdown pass to rookie Dede Westbrook.
Seattle came right back with a field goal, though, of 28 yards by Walsh.
And the Seahawks then forced a fumble on the kickoff, recovering at the Jacksonville 25.
Two plays later, Doug Baldwin of the Hawks made a TD from 26 yards via Wilson, and Walsh hit the PAT to tie the game at 10-10.
But on Jacksonville's next snap, the Jaguars went 75 yards on a pass over the middle from Bortles to another rookie, Keelan Cole, and the home team led, 17-10 with 7:21 left in the third quarter.
After a defensive stop by the Jaguars, rookie Jaydon Mickens returned a Seattle punt 72 yards to the 1. From there, Leonard Fournette blassted over left tackle and into the end zone, boosting his team's lead to 24-10 with 5:37 left in the third quarter.
With 10:07 left in the game, Jacksonville went up 27-10 on Lambo's 51-yard field goal.
Seattle scored on its next offensive play, as Wilson found Richardson with a long pass for 61 yards.
That gave Wilson an NFL single-season record of 16 TD passes in the fourth quarter, and Seattle was within 27-17.
Jacksonville tacked on a 32-yard field goal, using 5:43 of clock.
But Wilson hooked up with Tyler Lockett for a 74-yard touchdown pass, and Seattle got to within 30-24 with 3:42 to go.
The Jaguars were held without a first down and punted to Seattle, which got the ball at its 42 with 2:39 remaining.
But a sack of Wilson on third-and-1 led to a fourth-and-9 incompletion with 2:17 left.
Wilson was 17 of 31 in the air for 271 yards, and he carried five times for 50 yards.
Bortles went 18 for 27 for 268 yards, without an interception.
Fournett rushed 24 times for 101 yards, while Davis led Seattle rushing with 66 yards on 15 attempts.