Sunday, January 8, 2017
NFL PLAYOFFS - Texans, Seahawks Roll In Wild Card Games
Both teams were at home for the victories as the Texans rolled over the injury riddled Oakland Raiders, 27-14 while the Seahawks crushed the Detroit Lions, 26-6 to advance to next weekend's Divisional Round.
The Seahawks rode the legs of running back Thomas Rawls (161 yards rushing) who scored on a four-yard run, along with the arm of quarterback Russell Wilson, who had a pair of touchdown passes to lead the way.
The closest the Lions could get was a 10-6 deficit when Matt Prater made a 53-yard field goal early in the third quarter. From there, it was all Seattle as the defense limited the Lions to only 231 yards in total offense.
The Seahawks will face the Atlanta Falcons next Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Texans jumped out to an early lead and a 20-7 halftime edge as their defense limited the Raiders offense to just 203 total yards. Because of injuries, Oakland had to go with third string QB Connor Cook, who was intercepted three times and also sacked three times.
The Texans got scoring runs from RB Lamar Miller and QB Brock Osweiler (who also had a TD pass in the win) to pace the win.
The Texans will face either the New England Patriots or Kansas City Chiefs next weekend, depending on the outcome of Sunday's Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins.