After four quarters of playoff football, the Seattle Seahawks have defended their lead, beating the Detroit Lions by a score of 26-6. Russell Wilson’s struggles were obvious throughout the first three quarters of the contest, but with the game on the line, he made the plays necessary to to secure the victory.
Detroit’s inability to stop the run was ultimately their downfall, despite Seattle squandering multiple scoring opportunities. Thomas Rawls ran rampant all over their defense, piling up 161 yards on the ground (a franchise record) to go along with a touchdown. After a shaky start, the Seahawks offensive line came together and played some damn good football, allowing the offense as a whole to take off.
Paul Richardson’s emergence as a utilizable playmaker was truly an exciting development throughout the course of the game, hauling in one of the most unbelievable touchdowns you’ll ever see along with multiple other impressive receptions. With Tyler Lockett out for the season, Richardson stepping up is a huge boon to the Seattle offense.
Doug Baldwin also caught a ball with his ass. That’s an elegant contrast with his Super Bowl XLIX antics. The following play, he stole a touchdown away from Jermaine Kearse. What a wonderful human being.
Third down, also known as the money down, tells the story of the game. Seattle converted 9 of their 16 third downs, while Detroit converted 2 out of 11. This is a promising maturation on both sides of the ball, as the team heads deeper into the postseason.
The Seahawks looked great defensively, not allowing the Lions to get anything going offensively for the duration of the game. Richard Sherman pitched a shutout while the middle of the defense held up with Steven Terrell at free safety.
Frank Clark, despite not showing up on the stat sheet, displayed an incredible ability to get off of the snap and turned in a dominant performance.
Cliff Avril is now obligated to build an additional house-and-a-half in Haiti, which is never a bad thing.
Seattle now moves on to Atlanta to face the high-flying Falcons in the Divisional Round, a rematch of the 2012 playoff contest. Their last meeting occurred in Week 6 this year, in which the Seahawks prevailed by a score of 26-24.