12th Man: Wild Card vs. Lions Recap
The Seahawks really picked one hell of a way to kick the postseason off, keeping the Detroit Lions out of the end zone in a 26-6 victory that never quite felt like a game. Granted, the Lions aren’t a great team right now, but they did make it into the playoffs, and they certainly deserved the respect that came with that. More importantly though, the Seahawks finally managed to string a game together where they resembled a synchronous unit, save for Steven Hauschka missing an extra point. The Falcons will present themselves as an entirely different beast to corral, but for now, let’s enjoy the highlights of this game:
THE GOOD: The run game. Good grief. Seattle’s offensive line finally brought the punch with their blocking for the running backs. Thomas Rawls stomped all over the Lions’ run defense to the tune of 161 yards on 27 carries, setting a Seahawks playoff record for rushing. Paul Richardson continued to torture defensive backs in his new role as #3 wide out, grabbing an obscene touchdown in the end zone with one hand while being interfered with (should’ve been flagged for a facemask but whatever); Only six (flagged) penalties. Doug Baldwin caught eleven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. The defense lived in Detroit’s backfield all night long, harassing quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back, Zach Zenner after the snap regularly. Cliff Avril had two sacks. Marcel Reece is a really good fullback.
THE BAD: The officiating. Russell Wilson was still pressured a bunch. Missed extra point. Marcel Reece was injured when someone stepped on his foot. That’s about it.
THE…HELL WAS THAT? Doug Baldwin stole a touchdown from Jermaine Kearse. You snooze, you lose, I guess. Not to be outdone by Paul Richardson’s single-handed touchdown, Baldwin would secure a third-down conversion by pinning the ball all over himself as he went down. Words can’t adequately describe it. Lots of one-handed catches. Thomas Rawls touched the ball 28 times and finished the game healthy.
That should do it. This was a quality win.
1-0 On to the Falcons.