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Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks Win to Wrap up Wild Card Weekend

January 6th, 2013 at 7:52 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Seattle Seahawks were the only road team to win Wild Card weekend in the NFL playoffs Sunday, while the Baltimore Ravens gave Ray Lewis a successful home finale.

In Washington, the Seahawks overcame a 14-0 deficit to pull away from the Redskins and claim victory. Robert Griffin III threw two first-quarter touchdowns but injured his knee later in the game, greatly hampering him and the offense through the second half as they finished with only 203 total yards of offense.

'Ray Lewis' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Seattle, meanwhile, relied on Beast Mode to advance. Former Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch had 132 yards on 20 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Seattle scored 24 straight points in the second half, with Michael Robinson adding a score on a four-yard catch from Russell Wilson. The defense also held Alfred Morris in check, as the Redskins runner had only 80 yards on 16 carries. RGIII was limited to 84 passing yards on 10-of-19 passing, with Kirk Cousins attempting 10 passes in relief. The Seahawks' win was their sixth straight.

In Baltimore, meanwhile, the Ravens easily outclassed the Indianapolis Colts and ruined the playoff debut of Andrew Luck. The two sides traded early field goals before Vonta Leach gave Baltimore the lead for goon on a two-yard run late in the second quarter. Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin added touchdowns on passes from Joe Flacco, who finished 12-of-23 for 282 yards. Luck went 28-of-54 for 288 yards but couldn't engineer a touchdown. Lewis, who will retire after this season, returned from a torn tricep Sunday and led the Ravens' defense with 15 tackles.

Next week's Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs is now set:

  • Ravens at Broncos, 4:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Packers at 49ers, 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Seahawks at Falcons, 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Texans at Patriots, 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Football, NFL

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