Behind Rawls, Seahawks start to regain identity

"We had an interference on them and they caught it with one hand, so that's the only thing I'm interested in, the guys that make plays - not that make excuses".

He won't be overlooked any more.

On Saturday evening, however, the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver made a name for himself with just one ridiculous catch against the Detroit Lions. But Houston should at least be able to run the ball against an Oakland defense that made Justin Forsett look like Terrell Davis last weekend.

Richardson has the speed to fill that role.

This season Stafford had one of the most efficient seasons of his career.

Rawls capped his night with a 4-yard touchdown run that gave Seattle a 19-6 lead.

Somehow, in a move worthy of "The Matrix", Richardson reached his left arm low around Wilson and caught the ball, curling it into his body with one arm as he hit the ground.

"I didn't know that I had it until I got it, honestly", Richardson said. "It was a tough play but it worked out".

Richardson's touchdown held up through field goals of 51 and 53 yards by the Lions' Martin Prater before Rawls set up Hauschka's chip shot early in the fourth quarter which extended the Seahawks lead to 13-6. In the Pete Carroll era, the Seahawks have never lost a playoff game in which they're favoured.

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He completed just 59.6 percent of his passes in the five games after he suffered the injury, with three touchdowns and five picks. Tupac's "Can't C Me" blared from the speakers in the locker room as center Justin Britt called this the offensive line's best run game of the season.

The "12th Man" has been a huge advantage for the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, where they've won 10 consecutive post-season battles.

The Seahawks will go to Atlanta next week as underdogs against the Falcons. The Lions didn't score a TD in the game, while the Seahawks had three. It means Detroit still has a ways to go in its roster development to play with the heavy hitters in the league.

Stafford was sure not to provide any bulletin board material for his adversaries however; he said this week, "They're a heck of a defense".

It was the ninth straight postseason loss for the Lions, whose last road playoff victory was in 1957 at San Francisco. They had an NFL-record eight wins after trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime. Quarterback Matthew Stafford should be able to hit a few deep shots to the likes of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and T.J. Jones in order to compensate for a almost nonexistent running game. The eight-year veteran is the Lions' highest paid player on the team with a $22.5 million annual salary. But all that will equal another wasted opportunity if Seattle's offensive line with those new playoff participants don't keep Wilson protected. A big game from Tate - especially on short passes - could be significant in making up for Detroit's lagging run game.

Slowing down All-Pro quarterback Matt Ryan may be a little tougher.

"We understand them, we understand what they like to do", Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said.

Wilson echoed this sentiment when asked for his take on the play.?

The Seahawks' offence then blew the game open as quarterback Russell Wilson finally got untracked on their following possession. Wilson's favorite receiver on the day was Doug Baldwin, who caught 11 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.


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