Tuesday 21 November 2017

Rawls record leads way for Seattle

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Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. Photo: Steven Bisig/USA Today
Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. Photo: Steven Bisig/USA Today

Larry Fine

Seattle running back Thomas Rawls had no idea he had set a franchise post-season record after the Seahawks charged to a 26-6 victory over the Detroit Lions in their National Football Conference wild card game.

Rawls, who rushed for a season-high 161 yards on 27 carries with a four-yard touchdown, became the first Seahawks running back to post 100 or more rushing yards in the first half of a post-season game. "I didn't know," the 23-year-old told NBC Sports when informed about his achievement before erupting in laughter. "We want to end (the season) on a great mark, running the football, which is our identity, playing tough football and that's exactly what we did."

Seattle's divisional round match-up with the second-seeded Falcons happens next Saturday.

The Houston Texans cruised to a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders with a defence that smothered rookie quarterback Connor Cook in an AFC wild card play-off game in Houston.

Cook looked every bit like a third-stringer pressed into emergency duty, completing 18 of 45 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. With Derek Carr (leg) and Matt McGloin (shoulder) out, Cook was the only option.

The Texans, leading the NFL in total defence for the first time in franchise history, showed no mercy.

Irish Independent

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