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NFL Playoffs: Thomas Rawls dominates ground game, Seahawks down Lions in NFC Wild Card

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The Seattle Seahawks’ defense sent a message to the rest of the playoff teams on Saturday night. The Detroit Lions got swamped by the Seahawks’ D all night as Seattle dominated the game in getting the 26-6 win in the NFC Wild Card Playoff.

The Seahawks limited the Lions to just two field goals, one in each half, as Detroit did not get to see the end zone.

“This felt like old times. This felt great,” Defensive star Richard Sherman stated to ESPN about his team’s effort on the defensive end.

Defense, ground game great for Seattle

The Lions’ offense was exposed by Seattle all game. Among all playoff teams, only Detroit made the postseason without winning a game against a team that made the postseason.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked three times and Detroit’s ground game produced only 49 rushing yards total.

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On offense, Seattle slowed down the game by going to second-year running back Thomas Rawls. In his first playoff game, the 23-year-old RB had 161 rushing yards on 27 carries with a touchdown. Rawls broke the record for the most rushing yards by a player in a playoff game.

The Seahawks’ passing was efficient too. Doug Baldwin had 104 receiving yards on 11 catches with a touchdown and Paul Richardson provided highlights in his three catches for 48 yards with a TD.

Seattle QB Russell Wilson was steady with 23-of-30 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns. He was also the lead blocker in some of the great runs from Rawls.

The Seahawks’ ground game was not at their best in the regular season but the wild card win was an indication that they’d be running the ball more in this postseason.

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Seattle advances to the next round against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Round match-up.

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