LA Rams beat Seahawks 9-3 in first home opener

Paul Richardson, left, can't hold on to a pass intended for him as LA Rams cornerback Troy Hill puts pressure on him during a game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Kelvin Kuo)

Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals - the longest a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter - and the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 9-3 on Sunday that marked the return of pro football to the nation's second-largest market for the first time in nearly 22 years.

Plenty of penalties slowed down the game for the announced crowd of 91,046 on a searing day at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Rams marked the long-awaited occasion by wearing blue-and-gold throwback uniforms for their regular-season home debut.

The Rams (1-1) are still without a touchdown after losing 28-0 at San Francisco in their season opener. With field goals accounting for all the offense, it was hardly the high-scoring show Los Angeles sports fans are known to crave.

At times, the dull roar of chatter was the loudest sound from the crowd until the fourth quarter when they were on their feet cheering the Rams' defense.

Alec Ogletree recovered a fumble by Christine Michael, who caught a short pass from Russell Wilson, at the Los Angeles 29 with 57 seconds left in the game, ending the Seahawks' last scoring bid.

Seattle racked up 10 penalties for 114 yards; the Rams had nine penalties for 78 yards.

Both teams put on a defensive slugfest, with passes getting broken up in the end zone, offensive drives ending in punts and neither quarterback airing it out much.

Seattle's Russell Wilson was 22 of 35 for 254 yards, getting sacked twice. He had sprained his right ankle in last week's win over Miami.

Rams starter Case Keenum was 18 of 30 for 239 yards. He was sacked three times.

The victory extended the Rams' recent dominance against their NFC West rival. They've won four of their past five against the Seahawks, including both games last season. The Rams' defensive line has sacked Wilson 18 times in the past five meetings.

Zuerlein got the Rams on the board in the first quarter with a 39-yard field goal. The Seahawks (1-1) tied it on a 23-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka in the second.

Zuerlein put the Rams in front 6-3 on a 20-yarder with 1:04 left before halftime. Early in the fourth, he made it 9-3 on his longest kick of the game.
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