Many Cam Akers are stirred on the ground and for the most part an excellent Rams defense has Los Angeles advancing to the NFC playoffs at the expense of Seattle’s enemy division.
Akers rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown, Darious Williams returned to watch Russell Wilson 42 yards for a score, and the Rams beat the Seahawks 30-20 in the NFC playoffs on Saturday.
The league’s best defense during the regular season brought dominance to the playoffs, even while Aaron Donald’s unanimous All-Pro tackle was lacking for much of the second half. No team was better at restricting yards or points than the Rams (11-6) and continued to torment Wilson and the Seahawks (12-5).
The Seattle quarterback was under siege from the defensive front and a side that minus one game never let DK Metcalf or Tyler Lockett break. Donald, before leaving with a rib injury, and Jellen Ramsay were great. But also other roles like Troy Reeder, Jordan Fuller and Leonard Floyd.
Floyd had two of the Rams’ five bags. Two of the others belonged to Donald. The Rams allowed just 278 yards in total and 11 first downs.
He was added until the Rams’ mission to next week’s playoff round, most likely to top Green Bay, unless Chicago upsets New Orleans.
Williams’ follow-up was her third against Wilson since leaving him twice in Los Angeles in November. He jumped a wide receiver screen destined for Metcalf and returned it untouched to give the Rams a 13-3 lead in the middle of the second quarter.
Akers added a 5-yard TD match just before halftime for a 20-10 lead. It turned out quite well with a Seattle offense that split and got confused almost from the beginning.
Wilson had one of the worst performances in the playoffs. It was 11 out of 27 for 174 yards. Wilson tied with Metcalf in a pair of TD: 51 yards in the first half from a broken game, and a 12-yard TD with 2:28 on the left to make the score more respectable.
Seattle never played with the lead and was 2 of 14 in the third downs. It is the first home playoff game in four years, it was dry without the rude home crowd and the Seahawks saw them win their 10-game home playoff series.
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The Rams pulled off the upset without a healthy quarterback for more than three quarters of the game. John Wolford started for the second week in a row, but suffered a neck injury when he dived his head in the first trimester and was hit in the helmet by Jamal Adams’ shoulder. Wolford was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
Jared Goff threw for 155 yards, the largest of any away team in a playoff win over Jay Fielder’s 172 for the Jaguars in their 62-7 victory over the Dolphins in the 1999 Division Round.
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Jared Goff took over less than two weeks after surgery on his right thumb. was injured in Week 16 of Seattle. Goff did nothing spectacular but also avoided big mistakes.
Goff was 9 out of 19 for 155 yards. Closes the win with a 15-yard touchdown to Robert Woods with 4:46 on the left, after Seattle DJ DJ Reed got into a kick.
Rams coach Akers was great after not playing two weeks ago. The Akers had the best day of the Rams running since Marshall Faulk went 159 against Philadelphia in January 2002.
The Rams finished with 164 yards.
Allen leads Bill over the Colts
Quarterback Josh Allen and safety Micah Hyde have teamed up to make up for the Buffalo Bills lost past.
In a season in which the Bills destroyed many falls, Allen became the first Buffalo starter in a quarter century to win a playoff game. And Hyde ensured that the Bills would not suffer another second-half collapse, as happened last year in a wildlife loss in Houston, or the last second.
With Buffalo the AFC East champions for the first time since 1995 and hosting the first playoff game since ’96, Allen threw two touchdown passes and scored another momentum leading the Bills to a 27-24 victory over Indianapolis. Colts in a wild-card game Saturday.
Hyde struck a chord with Philip Rivers as time ran out to help Buffalo win 0-6 after the season, having won his first playoff game since a 37-22 victory over Miami on December 30, 1995.
The past was very much in Allen’s mind when he wondered how Buffalo wasted his third-quarter lead of 16-0 in a 22-19 overtime loss to Houston in his first appearance in the career playoffs.
Hyde’s defense slightly overcame the memories of the Bills who resigned from DeAndre Hopkins with the 43-yard touchdown jump in the final seconds of a 32-30 loss to Arizona on November 15. Buffalo has won seven in a row since then for the biggest win in a row since 1990.
And the victory came with a limited number of 6,700 fans participating for the first time this season.
Allen finished 26 of 35 for 324 yards with a 5-yard touchdown to Dawson Knox and a 35-yarder to Stefon Diggs, which led fans to shout “MVP! MVP!” to celebrate the first Buffalo player to lead the NFL in catches and yards.
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The Colts (11-6) ended a season in which they won 11 games for the first time since 2014 and reached the playoffs for the second time in three years under Frank Reich.
Rivers finished 27 out of 46 for 309 yards and had dropped a playoff record to 5-7, finishing his first – and possibly last – season with the Colts as he contemplates retirement.
The game was not decided until the final game, when Rivers faced the fourth and 11th from Buffalo’s 47. The Rivers made a deep pass for TY Hilton, who is surrounded by defenders on the right side of the final zone. Hyde broke the crowd, jumping and hitting the ball on the ground.
Rookie kicker, Tyler Bass, represented the decisive points, scoring a goal within 54 meters to put Buffalo 27-16 with 8:08 remaining.
The Colts responded with a seven-game, 75-game game that culminated in a 9-yard pass to Pascal. After Bass raised Buffalo to 27-16, the Colts scored less than two minutes later. Rivers hit an open Jack Doyle for a 27-yard touchdown and Doyle caught a 2-point conversion.
However, the accounts did not make it easy. with Allen losing almost fine in the center when he was sacked for a 23-yard loss by Deniko Otri from first under Indianapolis 37. Forward lineman Daryl Williams, however, recovered, forcing Bill to strike with the rest 2:30.
The Colts were limited to a touchdown and a goal in the first half as they had all five moves crossed in the middle and enjoyed a 9 minute lead in possession time.
The turning point came when the Colts, 10-7, failed to score in four snaps into Buffalo 4. Rivers’ pass for Michael Pittman threw the diver’s fingers in the fourth down.
Buffalo responded with a 10-game, 96-yard drive to Allen’s 5-yard goalkeeper’s ceiling with 14 seconds left in the half.
A mistake Colts also helped expand the disc. Facing the fourth and third of the Colts 26, Allen reached Kemoko Turay offside defense with a second left in the game clock.