NFC Wild Card: Lions at Seahawks start time

Three of the four wild-card games around the National Football League are rematches from the regular season. And I'm talking for years down the road, not just having a season here, season there. "I think there were some numbers out there - he didn't carry the ball very much".

After the conclusion of Sunday Night Football in Week 17, we now know the playoff seeding for both the AFC and NFC playoff pictures. Despite the excitement of the Packers offense versus the Giants defense match-up, this game will more than likely come down to the Giants offense against the Packers defense. Once it was apparent in the fourth quarter that Atlanta was going to win its game against New Orleans to secure the No. 2 NFC playoff seed, putting it out of reach of the Seahawks, Carroll made the uncomfortable decision to worry about the next game instead of the one in front of him.

Seattle tried the ground game early and found little to no success, running primarily out of the shotgun before being forced to turn to the pass thanks to an early deficit.

The Lions answered with their own 11-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game at 7. However, these two teams will be in one of only two positions, so it is not too much to figure out. Russell Wilson and the offense will lead the Seahawks to victory over an exposed Lions secondary. If he plays like that in the playoffs, Seattle just might find itself back in the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons. Carr suffered a broken leg last week, and the Raiders switched to Matt McGloin.

On defense, the Seahawks will be without star Earl Thomas but Kam Chancellor has stepped in to lead the defense. Surely, Seattle would have loved the opportunity to remove some of their key players from threat of injury.

QB Rankings: Who's at the top as the season draws to a close? San Francisco was simply quicker. The talent divide between these two teams is gaping. And when do the Seahawks play at their best? San Francisco has potentially more to gain by losing the game than winning.

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Our forward players can be devastating but our defence is prone to conceding a goal or two against the better teams in the league. We are happy about our way and what the rest is doing we can have no influence on until we play them.

Still, there was a game played and one which the Niners had a chance to win.

The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers six straight times. It also means that the Seahawks were able to avoid playing the Packers in a first-round game.

The rookie picked up several first downs to ice the game and hand San Francisco its 14th loss of the season. The 49ers struggle against the run. They were playing against a team which had just fired general manager Trent Baalke and were merely waiting to punt coach Chip Kelly, while one-time franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick was hours from using an out-clause in his contract to head elsewhere next year. "We've got a lot of young guys and we're bringing them with us", Carroll said during his radio show on KIRO-AM on Monday morning.

"Happy New Year, " Ott said with a smile. Shortly after signing with the Lions, he called his former team's offer laughable. But when the organization chooses not to invest in its offensive line in the offseason, this is what they're left with. Now, there's a question whether rookie Alex Collins is better than Rawls given the results of the past two games. Punter Jon Ryan was concussed after he ran untouched for thirty yards on a fake punt.

But the Seahawks are going to have to provide a collective comeback of a different sort if they are required to play game away from home the rest of the way this season, even if Carroll refuses to acknowledge his team's obvious shortcomings. "We can't let up".


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