Published: Mon, January 09, 2017
Health | By Constance Griffith

Thomas Rawls powers Seahawks to win over Lions

Thomas Rawls powers Seahawks to win over Lions

The only thing more wonderful than Paul Richardson's one-handed touchdown grab was the fact that nobody in stripes saw Richardson grab Tavon Wilson's facemask in the process. "Calls are calls. You have to overcome them and we had to play better".

Another part of me doesn't feel bad at all because six points wasn't going to get the job done in Seattle. But they rejuvenated their running game against the Lions with Thomas Rawls rushing for a franchise postseason-record 161 yards.

Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said during the buildup to the game that his run defense got its "teeth kicked in" in season-ending losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, and the Seahawks went straight to work on the gums Saturday.

The Lions have not won a playoff game in 25 years, and it has been 60 seasons since they won a postseason game on the road.

Thomas Rawls powers Seahawks to win over Lions
Thomas Rawls powers Seahawks to win over Lions

Caldwell made several questionable decisions on fourth downs: There was the aforementioned punt, another punt on a fourth-and-1 in Seahawks territory, a field goal on a fourth-and-2 when the Lions probably should have gone for it, and a freaky play call on a fourth-down conversion attempt. It doesn't matter when we play them or where we play them. The Falcons were furious that he wasn't called for pass interference after pulling down star wide receiver Julio Jones on their final play. "But I don't care who we play". We didn't make enough plays to get it done.

And in the first half against the Detroit Lions, that's exactly what happened. They didn't commit a turnover, with Russell Wilson playing another flawless game while completing a whopping 76.7 percent of his passes. Richardson finished with 48 yards, but made big plays when it mattered most. The Atlanta Falcons have every advantage in their first playoff game since 2012. But Richardson also had his arm around WIlson's shoulders and grabbed his facemask.

On defense: They've been really good, as usual.

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