Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant as he wore the Los Angeles Lakers' legend black jersey to the stadium and had it on after the win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Seahawks, who needed a win to clinch the NFC West title, defeated the Rams 20-9 to improve to 11-4 and clinch their first NFC West title since 2016.
Bryant, a former five-time NBA champion, tragically lost his life earlier this year in a helicopter crash. "Big championship matchup, everything that's going on in 2020, to honor him, have that Mamba mentality," Wilson said after the game, per ESPN.
".. He's one of the first things that come to mind and just what he represented, how he inspired people."
Wilson performed well but the Seahawks defense did the main job
The Rams, who have a talented offense, failed to score a touchdown against the Seahawks as they were limited to only three field goals.
"There were times during the season where everybody had enough statistics to go ahead and blow us out, and like we weren't worth anything on defense," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. "But this defense is good, and they've shown it and they've declared it.
This is the kind of defense that we've played in years past when we really had good teams down ... the stretch." The Rams had a great chance to score a touchdown in the third quarter but the Seahawks defense stopped them on consecutive plays from the 1-yard line.
"The goal-line stand was a famous one, and one I'll never forget," Carroll said. "Just because it was so hard; the ball was on the 1-inch line or whatever and they did not let it happen." All Pro safety Jamal Adams, who was traded to the Seahawks this offseason, is set for his first NFL playoffs.
"I don't want to be too happy because I don't want people to say he's dramatic or he hasn't been here before," Adams said. "You're damn right I haven't been here before, so, damn it, it feels good!
It feels great!" The Seahawks steuggled mightily on the defensive side of the field early on in the season but they have improved in recent weeks. "For everybody out there, they need to start putting respect on this defense's name," Adams said.
"Because this defense is playing lights out. And to me, we're the best defense in the league. You can quote that. You can do what you want to do with it."