Rawls busts out in Wild Card win over Lions

Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls celebrates after he rushed for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the second half of an NFL football NFC wild card playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

After burning a second round draft pick on Thomas Rawls in my fantasy football league I watched in agony all year long as Rawls sputtered through an injury riddled season finishing with just one 100-yard rushing performance. Thankfully it didn’t come back to bite me but for good measure Rawls decided to add insult to injury on Saturday.

To my dismay and everyone else’s delight Rawls ran all over the Detroit defense for a franchise playoff record 161-yards in the Seahawks 26-6 Wildcard win. The offensive line looked as good as it did all year long but the question remains was the “O” line that good, or the Lions that bad. Either way it felt good for a night.

"I think it's taken us a long time to get there and now it's a matter of doing it again,” said Garry Gilliam, Seahawks Offensive Tackle. “I mean we got one game that we did it right now it's a matter of coming into practice, handing our business in practice, doing it in practice and then moving on to the next game and doing it there."

"We're never playing for redemption or to prove people wrong, we're just trying to do right,” said Germain Ifedi, Seahawks Guard. “We're just trying to capture the best us and as long as we do that we're happy either way."

"I knew what was at stake,” said Thomas Rawls. “My offensive line knew what was at stake, this whole team, we're playing for keeps, it doesn't matter. It's the playoffs. It's time to go. Whoever riding they riding, whoever not, they gotta go. And everybody on this team, this locker room they riding."

We’ll have to see if the Seahawks can continue to ride that ground game against a middle of the pack Atlanta rush defense that allows 104 rush yards per game on Saturday afternoon.

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