INGLEWOOD, Calif. — This was Geno Smith’s moment.
In a season of redemption for the one-time savior of the New York Jets — and the player that so many figured would wilt in having to take over for Russell Wilson — Smith had maybe his best moment as a Seahawk, leading Seattle to a game-winning touchdown with a 10-play, 75-yard drive, capped by an 8-yard TD pass to DK Metcalf with 36 seconds left for a 27-23 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
The win stopped a two-game losing streak for Seattle and kept the Seahawks in the hunt for both a playoff spot and the NFC West title.
And with the Seahawks playing much of the game without running back Kenneth Walker III, Seattle had to rely on Smith, who completed 28 of 39 passes for a career-high 367 yards and three touchdowns.
The Rams took the lead with 2:56 to play on a six-yard TD by Cam Akers that capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive — the first time they had led since the first quarter.
But Smith calmly led the Seahawks back down the field for the winning touchdown.
The Seahawks led 14-13 at the end of a first half in which Seattle lost its top two running backs due to injury — rookie Kenneth Walker III and DeeJay Dallas.
That had Seattle using Tony Jones Jr. — who was claimed off waivers from the Saints in October — as its running back at times.
Dallas eventually returned.
The Rams, forced to start John Wolford at quarterback in place of the injured Matthew Stafford, drove easily down the field the fist time they had the ball for a touchdown, capped by a one-yard plunge by Akers.