Saturday, January 07, 2017

NFL Playoffs: Texans Ruin Raiders' First Playoff Game in 14 Years; Seahawks Running Game Too Much For Lions (Detroit Suffers NFL-Record Ninth Straight Playoff Defeat)

Two opening-round playoff games were contested on Saturday as the National Football League Playoffs commenced.


At Houston:

Quarterback Brock Osweiler threw for a touchdown and ran for another one while Jadeveon Clowney intercepted a pass (which set up a Lamar Miller touchdown run) as the Houston Texans defeated the visiting Oakland Raiders 27-14 in an opening-round playoff game which was Oakland's first post-season contest in 14 years.


At Seattle:

In an opening-round match, quarterback Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns (one each to Paul Richardson [for two yards] and Doug Baldwin [for 13 yards]) while Thomas Rawls (who ran for 161 yards, a franchise playoff record) ran four yards for another score as the Seattle Seahawks downed the visiting Detroit Lions 26-6 to win their tenth straight home playoff game.  The Lions have now dropped an NFL-record nine consecutive playoff contests, have not won a playoff game in 25 years (and haven't won a playoff game on the road since 1957).

The Seahawks will visit the Atlanta Falcons in a divisional playoff game next Saturday afternoon at 1:35 PM Pacific Time (FOX).

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