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Gurley watch: Tarboro native runs for two touchdowns in win; Lewis' Colts beat Chiefs

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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, front, rushes for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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By PATRICK MASON
Sports Writer

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams played all the way back on Thursday night against Seattle in what turned out to be one of the more exciting games of the season.

The Rams couldn’t hold off the Seahawks in a 30-29 loss, which dropped the Rams into third place in the NFC South standings for the first time under third-year coach Sean McVay.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson led the game-winning touchdown drive that ended in a 5-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal with 2:28 left in the game. The Rams would mount a drive that got them in field goal range with a chance to win, only to have kicker Greg Zuerlein miss right.

Tarboro’s own Gurley had his best game of the season by rushing for 51 yards and two touchdowns. He was active in the passing game as well as he was targeted five times. He made three catches for six yards.

Gurley also lost a fumble for the first time since Week 3 of last season.

It was the second time in as many games that Gurley scored two touchdowns, which could be a sign that he is rounding into form after a slow start to the season. He now has 270 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Gurley, the NFL’s rushing touchdown leader the past two seasons, is one of five players to have at least five rushing touchdowns. Green Bay’s Aaron Jones leads the league with eight. Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey and Baltimore’s Mark Ingram II each have six, while Gurley and Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook have five apiece.

Up next: 49ers at Rams, 4:05 p.m., Sunday

Tyquan Lewis

Tyquan Lewis — the other active NFL player from Tarboro — and the Indianapolis Colts knocked off the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

The defensive tackle did not play in the win. Lewis has played in two games this season and has one tackle. He last played in a Sept. 22 win over Atlanta.

With Sunday’s win, the 3-2 Colts are tied atop the AFC South standings with the Houston Texans.

Up next: Bye week

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