Cam Akers darted 131 yards and landed, and Darius Williams re-intercepted, as sixth seed Los Angeles Rams upset host Seattle Seahawks 30-20 on Saturday in the opening round of the playoffs.
Matt Jay kicked three field goals for the Rams side, and their defense allowed 278 yards of total attacking against third-seeded Seahawks, who had won their last 10 post-season matches at Lumen Field. Their last loss was in a playoff game at Seattle home against the St. Louis Rams in 2004.
Jared Goff, who suffered a fractured right thumb in Seattle two weeks earlier that required surgery, stepped off the bench to direct Rams, and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods with 4:46 remaining to help clinch victory. The Geoff was a 9 of 19 for 155 yards.
Russell Wilson of Seattle was ranked 11 out of 27 for 174 yards and two touchdowns, both to DK Metcalf. Wilson was fired five times, twice each by Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd, and the Seahawks switched only two of 14 attempts into the third.
Metcalf greeted the touchdown reception 12 yards with 2:28 and pulled the Seahawks within 10 points, but Woods recovered the kick that followed.
There were three touchdown points in the 4:48 distance late in the first half, giving Los Angeles a 20-10 lead.
With Rams raised 6-3, Williams jumped Wilson’s pass off the screen assigned to Metcalf, picked it up and went 42 yards for the landing with a 6:46 left in the half.
Wilson rushed to his left and raised the ball above the secondary level, finding Metcalfe touching 51 yards with 3:43 remaining.
At 3rd and 9th of Rams’ 26 yard streak, Goff hit Akers with a screen pass. The rookie took 44 yards down the right sideline, to start his five-yard run with 1:57 to go in the half. A second-round pick from Florida, Akers missed the Week 16 match between ankle-injured teams as the Seahawks won 20-9, taking the NFC West title.
John Wolford started in the midfield in favor of the Rams team and led them to the range of field goals on their second possession before suffering a neck injury while being confronted by Seattle player Jamal Adams. Wolford did not return and was rushed to the hospital.
Chris Carson rushed off the Seahawks for 77 yards and Jason Myers kicked 50 and 52 yards off field goals.
Indianapolis Colts 24-27 Buffalo Bills
Midfielder Josh Allen and Mikah Hyde teamed up with safety to make the Buffalo Bills lose past history.
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In a season where the Bills weathered several recessions, Allen became the first Buffalo player in a quarter of a century to win a playoff match. Hyde made sure that the bills would not bear another collapse in the second half as happened last year in a big loss to Houston, or a drop in the final second.
With Buffalo, the Asian champions for the first time since 1995 and hosting their first playoff game since 1996, Allen threw two passes to the ground and scored another goal in leading the Bills to a 27-24 victory. Indianapolis Colts In the wild card game on Saturday.
Hyde fought off Philip Rivers’ desperate pass as time ran out in helping Buffalo slide 0-6 postseason by winning their first playoff game since their 37-22 win over Miami on December 30, 1995.
The past was very much present on Allen’s mind when thinking about how Buffalo squandered their third-quarter lead of 16-0 in their 22-19 extra-time loss to Houston on their first appearance in the play-off match.
“Obviously we started a bit slowly and managed to reach a rhythm late.” He put on enough plays to win. “It’s a new area for me, but it gives us a chance to play next week.”
The end of the match was so spectacular, with Biles nearly wasting their lead in the fourth quarter 24-10, and Jordan Boyer still struggling to try to put the score straight.
In his fourth season at Buffalo, Boyer said, “I didn’t have time to party and have fun, but it’s great for Bills, The City, to be able to play a home game and win.” “Since 2017, we’ve been working on this, but on a day like today, to come out on top, we worked hard.”
Hyde’s pass-through defense eased memories of Biles abandoning Musk de Andre Hopkins, who jumped 43 yards in the final seconds of a 32-30 loss in Arizona on November 15. Buffalo has won seven straight victories since then for the longest running streak since 1990.
The victory was attended by a limited number of 6,700 fans for the first time this season.
Allen finished 26 out of 35 for 324 yards with a 5-yard drop to Dawson Knox and 35 yards to Stephon Digges, leading fans to chant “MVP! MVP!” To celebrate the first Buffalo player to drive NFL In catches and throw squares.
The Colts (11-6) ended a season in which they had 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 at 309 yards and his playoff record dropped to 5-7 in completing his first – and possibly last – season with Colts as he contemplates retirement.
The loss is not easier for the 39-year-old who only reached the convention championships once in 2008.
Referring to the Chargers’ loss 21-12 to New England, Rivers said, “Shoot, it’s hard to go back 12 years ago to think how I felt in the locker room after that championship match.” “It’s always emotional. But is it even more emotional when you’re about to turn 40 and not sure if you were at your last meeting? Heck yeah.”
The match wasn’t decided until the final, when he faced Rivers fourth and 11th from Buffalo 47. Rivers made a deep pass to TY Hilton, who was flanked by defenders at the right side of the finish zone. Hyde penetrated the crowd of corpses, jumped and hit the ball on the ground.
Upside kicker Tyler Bass captured the crucial points by hitting a field goal from 54 yards to put Buffalo 27-16 with 8:08 remaining.
The Colts team responded with a seven-game race, 75-game, capped by a nine-yard touchdown pass to Pascal. After Bass lifted Buffalo’s lead to 27-16, the Colts scored less than two minutes later. Rivers hit Jack Doyle wide open for a 27-yard drop and Doyle ignited with a two-point shift.
However, the bills did not make it easy. With Allen losing nearly in midfield when he was sacked for losing 23 yards by Deniko Autry at the start of Indianapolis 37. However, Daryl Williams’ forward line recovered, forcing the Beals to run with 2:30 remaining.
“It doesn’t matter how it looks,” Allen said. “It’s the playoffs. It’s winning or going home and we’ve done it.”