Rams upset Seahawks in NFC card game


Lots of Cam Akers pounding rushing yards and most importantly excellent defense from the Rams get Los Angeles through to the NFC playoffs at the expense of division-nemesis Seattle.
Akers rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown, Darious Williams returned Russell Wilson’s interception for 42 yards, and the Rams beat the Seahawks 30-20 in the NFC playoff game on Saturday.

The league’s best defense during the regular season maintained its dominance in the playoffs – even missing unanimous All-Pro tackle Aaron Donald for much of the second half. No team was better at limiting yards or points than the Rams (11-6) and they continued to torment Wilson and the Seahawks (12-5).

The Seattle quarterback was besieged by the defensive front and a secondary who less than a game never let DK Metcalf or Tyler Lockett come off. Donald, before leaving with a rib injury, and Jalen Ramsey were superb. But so were other actors such as Troy Reeder, Jordan Fuller and Leonard Floyd.

Floyd had two of the Rams’ five sacks. Two of the others belonged to Donald. The Rams allowed just 278 total yards and 11 first downs.

That added to sending the Rams into next week’s divisional playoff round, possibly seeded Green Bay, unless Chicago upsets New Orleans.

Williams’s interception was his third of the season against Wilson after knocking him off twice in Los Angeles in November. He skipped a large receiver screen intended for Metcalf and left it intact to give the Rams a 13-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

Akers added a 5-yard TD run just before halftime for a 20-10 lead. That proved to be enough with a Seattle attack that was rambling and confusing almost from the start.

Wilson had one of his worst playoff performances. He finished 11 of 27 for 174 yards. Wilson joined Metcalf on a pair of touchdowns: 51 yards in the first half on a suspended play, and a 12-yard touchdown with 2:28 left to make the score more respectable.

Seattle never played with a header and was 2 of 14 on third downs. Its first home playoff game in four years was a dud without its boisterous home crowd, and the Seahawks saw their 10-game home playoff streak shattered.

Their last home playoff loss came in January 2005 against the St. Louis Rams.

The Rams pulled off the surprise 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 headfirst in the first quarter and was hit in the helmet by Jamal Adams in the shoulder. Wolford was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Jared Goff took over less than two weeks after undergoing surgery on his right thumb; he was injured in the Week 16 loss to Seattle. Goff didn’t do anything spectacular but also avoided major mistakes.

Goff finished 9 of 19 for 155 yards. He capped the win with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods with 4:46 left after Seattle’s DJ Reed dropped a punt.

Rams rookie running back Akers has been outstanding after not playing two weeks ago. Akers had the best day of racing with a Rams backer since Marshall Faulk won 159 against Philadelphia in January 2002.

The Rams finished with 164 rushing yards.

Allen leads the Bills ahead of the Colts

Quarterback Josh Allen and goaltender Micah Hyde have teamed up to destroy the Buffalo Bills’ past history.

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In a season in which the Bills faced numerous crashes, Allen became the first Buffalo starter in a quarter of a century to win a playoff game. And Hyde made sure the Bills didn’t suffer another collapse in the second half, like it happened last year in a wildcard loss to Houston, or a last-second touchdown.

With Buffalo, the AFC East champion for the first time since 1995 and hosting their first playoff game since 1996, Allen threw two touchdown passes and scored another run as he led the Bills to a 27-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in a wild card game on Saturday.

Hyde beat Philip Rivers’ pass of desperation as time passed to help Buffalo go 0-6 after the season skidding by winning their first playoff game since a 37-22 victory over Miami on December 30, 1995.

The past was very much on Allen’s mind as he reflected on how Buffalo squandered a 16-0 third-quarter lead in a 22-19 overtime loss to Houston in his first playoff appearance. career playoffs.

Hyde’s pass defense eased memories of the Bills giving up DeAndre Hopkins’ 43-yard touchdown in the dying seconds of a 32-30 loss to Arizona on Nov. 15. Buffalo has won seven straight wins since for its longest winning streak since 1990.

And the victory came with a limited number of 6,700 fans attending 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 yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs, which led to fans chanting “MVP!” MVP! To celebrate the first Buffalo player to lead the NFL in catches and receiving yards.

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 was 27th of 46 for 309 yards and saw his career playoff record drop to 5-7 as he finished his first – and potentially last – season with the Colts as he reflects on retirement.

The game was not decided until the final game, when Rivers faced Buffalo fourth and 11th against 47. Rivers threw a deep pass for TY Hilton, who was surrounded by defenders in the right side of the end zone. Hyde pierced through the crowd of corpses, leaping and knocking the ball to the ground.

Rookie kicker Tyler Bass scored the deciding points hitting a 54-yard field goal to put Buffalo ahead 27-16 with 8:08 to go.

The Colts responded with a seven-game, 75-game practice topped off with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Pascal. After Bass increased Buffalo’s lead to 27-16, the Colts scored less than two minutes later. Rivers hit a wide-open Jack Doyle for a 27-yard touchdown and Doyle had a 2-point conversion.

The Bills players celebrate after beating the Colts on Saturday. (Adrian Kraus / Associated Press)

The bills, however, did not help matters. Allen nearly lost a fumble in midfield when he was sacked for a 23-yard loss by Denico Autry on the Indianapolis 37’s first down. Offensive lineman Daryl Williams, however, recovered, forcing the Bills to be cleared with 2:30 to play.

The Colts were limited to a touchdown and basket in the first half after crossing all five practices in midfield and enjoying a more than nine-minute advantage in possession.

The turning point came when the Colts, up 10-7, were unable to score on four shots inside Buffalo 4. Rivers’ pass to Michael Pittman glanced with the fingertips of the catcher diver on the fourth attempt.

Buffalo responded with a 10-play, 96-yard practice, capped by Allen’s 5-yard goalie with 14 seconds left in the half.

An error by the Colts also helped extend the ride. Facing fourth and third place for the Colts 26, Allen drew offside defensive end Kemoko Turay with a second left on the game clock.


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