NFL Playoffs Game Preview, Lineup and Prediction: Seattle Seahawks vs Detroit Lions

Joy Montgomery
January 4, 2017

The Seahawks also have an excellent home record of 7-1, and with the help of the fans, they should be able to pull off a victory in this playoff game.

"As you can see it wasn't a ideal performance", Clark told KCPQ after the game. "More than we've been in the past (and) in the first half", Baldwin said of Sunday.

Colin Kaepernick was unable to lead another fourth-quarter comeback, but he did post solid numbers against a defense that had given him trouble in previous matchups.

That lack of a pass rush could prove hard for Detroit to overcome, even though Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has had struggles behind a poor offensive line. According to Fox Sports, it was Kaepernick's first 10-of-10 start in his six-year National Football League career.

Seattle fell behind 14-3, needed a huge turnover to get back into the game in the first half and almost watched the 49ers rally in the fourth quarter before running out the clock with Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and a chunk of Seattle's starters sitting on the bench as Carroll tried to protect key players. He had a wacky five-interception game against Green Bay in December, but responded by closing the season with eight TD passes against one interception in the last three games. Now Seattle must defeat the 49ers and hope Drew Brees has a great game and leads the Saints over the Falcons. 49ers regular starting LG Zane Beadles started at center, replacing Marcus Martin, who was placed on injured reserve (ankle). Tyler Lockett and Jermaine Kearse have combined for 1108 yards and two touchdowns. His 14,731 receiving yards are 7th all time, his 1,031 receptions are 12th all time and his 81 receiving TDs are tied for 26th all time. A good rush defense is one statistical trait that often correlates with postseason success so while Seattle's offense has been a sore spot this season, the Seahawks run defense is the one thing you can bank on with this team.

The Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills now have job openings, with several more appearing likely to open up following Week 17 action, including the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Seattle defensive end Frank Clark recovered and returned 27 yards to the 49ers' 15. They were up against the worst San Francisco defence in 70 years, having allowed more touchdowns, points and rushing yards this year than any season since 1946. Probably the weirdest part of the game was in the second half, with the Seahawks ahead 25-16 (they also had a PAT blocked, again).

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Russell Wilson (3) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Seattle went 3-and-out, and the 49ers proceeded to score a touchdown on the next drive.

San Francisco defensive tackle Chris Jones blocked Hauschaka's extra point try.

The Seahawks run game has struggled often this season, and it would be easy to bring up the retirement of running back Marshawn Lynch.

That 41-yard gain set up Wilson's scramble and jump ball to Graham down to the 1. If the Niners could've gotten the ball back, all they would've needed was a field goal to take the lead and possibly hand the Seahawks a loss that could've knocked them down to the No. 4 seed.

The Seahawks wrapped up a fifth-straight 10-win season by beating the 49ers 25-23 but missed a chance at a first-round bye when Atlanta won its game on Sunday. Boykin stayed in and kept the Seahawks offense moving to eat up the final 5:37 to seal the game.

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