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Thomas Rawls didn't get to play in the playoffs as a rookie. He's wasting no time making up for lost time.The Seahawks have been waiting for the Rawls who rushed for 161 yards in Saturday night's 26-6 playoff rout of the Lions for a long time.GAME CENTER: Lions-Seahawks complete stats His 2015 season was cut short by a broken ankle, just as he was dominating in December as Kyle Williams Jersey Seattle's featureback.His '16 season was limited to nine regular-season games after he suffered a fibula injury early.With his team having more offensive line woes, Rawls posted only one effective game before running all over the Lions. In Week 12, he flewout of the gate in the first half against the Panthers andrumbled for 106 yards total, leading to a40-7 dismantling of Carolina.Bottom line: When theSeahawks are blocking like they did against the Lions and Rawls is bursting through holes like he did, they won't lose in the playoffs, all the way through Super Bowl 51.MORE: Vinnie Iyer's wild-card game blog That's what happens when a consistent weakne s suddenly turns into a strength when it counts the most. For most NFLteams, a solid rushing attackrepresents make or Jordan Poyer Jersey break in the playoffs. For Seattle, it's gravy.The Seahawks were 10-5-1 in the regular season despite ranking No. 25 in rushing yards. Only the Giants and Lions were worse among playoff teams.They already were a very dangerous pa sing team with Ru sell Wilson. They still stop the run and rush the pa serbetter than anyone in the playoffs.But the lack of a reliable running game meant too much pre sure on Wilson and that defense, which has a major chink in it without safety Earl Thomas. The defense needed help in keeping its legs fresh so it could play tighter against the pa s in the second half.Rawls' second breakout game worked well on both accounts. It opened up favorable coverages and big-playopportunities for Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Grahamand Paul Richardson because the Lions couldn't afford not to Zay Jones Jersey commitan extra defender to run support. It also allowed the Seahawks to po se s the ball for nearly 37 minutes.VIDEO: Richardson makes insane catch for Seattle's first TD The Seahawks had big plans for their uptempo offense hitting another gear in '16. Those plans were derailed by Wilson getting his knee and ankle banged up early. They werefurther hampered by Rawls reinjuring himself right as he wasworking up to full speed.Through all their fancy pa sing, the Seahawks were mi sing the more explosivesequel to Beast Mode they expected to have.Detroit's rundefense wasn't very good coming into Saturday; it allowed the 15th-most rushing yards during the regular season and 4.4 yards per carry. That should make Atlanta worry plenty when it hosts Seattle Nathan Peterman Jersey in the divisional playoffs. The Falcons allowed the 16th-most rushing yards and gave up 4.5 yards per carry.When the teams met in Seattle in Week 5, the Seahawks didn't have a healthy Rawls and managed only 72 yards rushing in a 26-24 victory. But the Falcons struggled to stop therunning game in the red zone, allowing three rushing TDs inside the 10.MORE: 12 most underrated players in the playoffs The Seahawks rushed for97 and 78 yards, respectively, without Rawls in their win atMinnesota and their lo s at Carolina in last year's playoffs. That's a total of 175, or two fewer rushing yards than they posted Saturday vs. Detroit.They should go into Atlanta Josh Allen Jersey feeling very good about Rawls' chances to keep rolling.Before the Detroit game, it felt as though the Seahawks were either one-and-done or Super Bowl run. With the running they just did, it's time for the rest of the NFC field to brace itself.
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