The Seattle Seahawks continued their postseason dominance on Saturday night, as they recorded their 10th consecutive home playoff win, 26-6, over the Detroit Lions. Thomas Rawls ran for 161 yards and a score, while Russell Wilson threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Seattle was also led by multiple one-handed catches, including one by Paul Richardson on 4th-and-goal in the first, which should've been offensive pass interference. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell stated that the officials admitted that they missed the call. The Lions have now lost nine straight playoff games, the longest such streak in NFL history. They haven't won in the postseason since 1992, and haven't done it on the road since 1957. Seattle moves on to Atlanta to battle the second-seeded Falcons in the Divisional Round.
Texans Rattle Cook, Raiders in Wild Card Game
In a battle of two teams with quarterback problems, the home team came away with the win, as the Houston Texans intercepted Connor Cook three times in a 27-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. Brock Osweiler threw for a score, while running for another, in his first start since being benched on December 18th. In the end, he leads the Texans to their first playoff win since 2012, and has been named the starter for next week's Divisional Game. Meanwhile, the Raiders drop their first playoff game since 2002. Cook threw for 161 yards and a touchdown, while becoming the first quarterback in history to make his first career NFL start in the playoffs. Of his three interceptions, one was to Jadeveon Clowney, for the defensive star's first of his career. The Texans move on to battle either the Chiefs or the Patriots in the Divisional Round, depending on the results of Sunday's Dolphins-Steelers game.
Westbrook's 17th Triple-Double Helps Thunder Roll
Russell Westbrook continued his dominant play on Saturday, recording his 17th triple-double of the year in the Thunder's 121-106 rout of the Nuggets. Westbrook finished with 32 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 assists, while going 7-of-12 from beyond the arc. He is now not only averaging a triple-double on the year, but also leading the league in three-point shooting. He came into the game at 33 percent from three-point land, and is 15-for-27 from there in the past two games. The 17 rebounds matched a season high for Westbrook, who put up his 54th career triple double, as Oklahoma City is now 32-3 in the past two seasons when he records one. Steven Adams had 16 points and Victor Oladipo added 15 for OKC, who snapped a three-game losing streak. They also handed the Nuggets their fifth straight loss, in which they have allowed at least 120 points in all five games.