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For most of his career Limited Jared Goff Jersey , the fourth quarter is where Russell Wilson has thrived. His late game heroics of leading comebacks in the fourth quarter or overtime to win games take up nearly an entire page of Seattle's weekly game notes.Except this year, when the fourth-quarter mistakes by Wilson have overshadowed his late-game successes. And those mistakes are part of the reason Seattle is 4-5 and faces such a critical game on Thursday night against Green Bay in the quest to stay in the NFC playoff conversation.Seattle is 1-8 in its last nine games decided by one score or less. Over the past two seasons, Seattle is 5-11 in one-score games. They used to be the types of games in which Seattle thrived, with Wilson finding a way to score and pull out a victory in the closing minutes, or defensively making the necessary stops to stem any late rally by an opponent.But that page in Seattle's game notes detailing his 24 comebacks in the fourth quarter and overtime has just three entries over the past two seasons."There's two things there. It goes back to finishing right. If we can make one or two plays here or there across the board 鈥?offensive, defensive, special teams, whatever it may be 鈥?we can turn that around really easily. That's the great thing," Wilson said. "The second thing is ... we're in every game and every game is really close and every game we're right there to win the game. I'm looking forward to that turning around. We have great confidence in that and what we're going to do."There's no doubting that in stretches this season Wilson has played great. He's thrown for 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions over the past five games. And the success or failure of Seattle in the fourth quarter is not solely his responsibility.But there's also been a pattern of crucial late-game mistakes by Wilson that has been a contributing factor to each of Seattle's five losses.鈥?In a Week 1 loss at Denver, Seattle gained seven yards on its final three drives and Wilson threw an interception on a desperation throw on the final play of a 27-24 loss.鈥?In Week 2 at Chicago, Wilson threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown with the Seahawks trailing 17-10 Orlando Pace Jersey , and on Seattle's next drive fumbled while being sacked. Seattle lost 24-17鈥?In Week 5 against the Rams, Wilson missed on his final two passes with Seattle closing in on field goal range while down by two points with less than 4 minutes left. Seattle punted and never got the ball back in a 33-31 loss.鈥?In Week 9, Wilson threw his second fourth-quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown when Desmond King stepped in front of a pass and the pick-six ended up being the deciding points in the Chargers' 25-17 win.鈥?And last week, Wilson was stripped by Dante Fowler midway through the fourth quarter deep in Seattle's end. Brandin Cooks' TD run on the next play ended up being the deciding points in the Rams' 36-31 win.The only one-score game the Seahawks have won this season was arguably one of its uglier performances when Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 52-yard field goal on the final play to beat Arizona in Week 4. And while several of those games have seen Wilson rebound from his mistakes to give Seattle a chance in the closing seconds, the final results are not what the Seahawks have come to expect."It's finishing at the right time, making the right play. We've been so good at those games for such a long time that the fact that it's not happening is a little bit unusual," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "I'm disappointed because we've been able to always feel like we're going to win those games and do it. We still have the same mentality about it and attitude about it, but we've got to show it. We've got to get those finishes done."NOTES: LB K.J. Wright (knee) was the only player not to participate in practice on Tuesday. Wright's knee caused him to leave Sunday's loss to the Rams early. ... G D.J. Fluker (calf) and RB Chris Carson (hip) were full participants, strengthening Seattle's belief the pair will play after missing last week's game. GREEN BAY (3-2-1) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-0)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE 鈥?Rams by 8 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD 鈥?Green Bay 2-4-0 Deacon Jones Jersey Salute to Service , Los Angeles 4-2-1SERIES RECORD 鈥?Tied 46-46-2LAST MEETING 鈥?Packers beat Rams, 24-10, Oct. 11, 2015LAST WEEK 鈥?Packers had bye, beat 49ers 33-30 on Oct. 15; Rams beat 49ers, 39-10AP PRO32 RANKING 鈥?Packers No. 11, Rams No. 1PACKERS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (4), RUSH (20), PASS (4).PACKERS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (8), RUSH (22), PASS (5).RAMS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (2) Authentic Sean Mannion Jersey , RUSH (1), PASS (8).RAMS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (7), RUSH (12), PASS (9).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - California Cheeseheads will be out in force when Packers visit Los Angeles for first time since NFL returned in 2016. ... Both teams beat San Francisco in last outing, but Packers coming off bye week. ... Two big-time offenses meeting at Coliseum. Both in NFL's top four in total yards. Rams have league's most prolific rushing game (153.1 yards per game). Packers have No. 4 passing game (317.3 yards per game). ... Pack has won five straight, 12 of 16 over Rams. Coach Mike McCarthy is 5-1 vs. Rams. ... Packers CB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shares NFL lead with three interceptions. He won national title at Alabama with Rams LB Mark Barron. ... Green Bay opened as biggest underdog of QB Aaron Rodgers' career, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. ... Rodgers is rolling again, with 332.8 yards passing per game and 12 TDs, 1 INT. ... Packers LB Clay Matthews makes first pro appearance in his native LA area and at Coliseum, where former USC walk-on became standout for four Pac-12 championship teams. ... Rams gunning for franchise's first 8-0 start since 1969 Limited Aaron Donald Jersey , when LA started club-record 11-0. ... Rams already have 3 1/2-game lead over Seattle in NFC West. With Dodgers in mind, Rams' magic number to clinch division title is seven. ... Rams' first game at Coliseum in 31 days. After Nov. 11 home date with Seattle, they'll go another 35 days without Coliseum game. ... Rams CB Sam Shields spent seven seasons with Packers, winning Super Bowl ring and making Pro Bowl. Concussions kept him out of football in 2017, but he is valuable backup and special-teamer for LA this season. ... RB Todd Gurley leads NFL with 88 points, 686 yards rushing, 144 carries and 956 yards from scrimmage. ... DE Aaron Donald co-leads NFL with eight sacks after destructive effort against Niners with four sacks, six tackles for loss. ... WR Cooper Kupp seems likely to miss second straight game with knee injury. Replacements Josh Reynolds, Nick Williams combined for three catches last week at San Francisco while Rams dominated on ground. ... Fantasy tip: Packers TE Jimmy Graham could be big target for Rodgers, who will test LA's linebackers and secondary while getting rid of ball before Donald and Ndamukong Suh get to him.
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