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An afternoon matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions pitted two teams who both needed a win to stay in the playoff picture in the NFC. When it was all said and done, the Seahawks left Ford Field with a 28-14 win. The win moved them to 4-3 on the season, while the Lions fell to 3-4.

The game started out well for the Lions. QB Matthew Stafford threw a 39-yard touchdown to WR Marvin Jones late in the first quarter to break a scoreless tie. However, the Seahawks put up 21 straight points in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 21-7 lead. The Lions never recovered from that. Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson, who ended the day with a 98.9 QBR, threw all three of the touchdowns passes in the second quarter. He ended the day going 14/17 for 248 yards with 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

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While Wilson’s numbers may seem tame, it was because Seattle relied on their running unit for most of the game. They ran the ball 42 times, far outpacing the Lions 13 rushing attempts. Leading the Seattle rushing attack was Chris Carson. He carried the ball 25 times for 105 yards and one touchdown.

Stafford, and the Lions as a whole, have had better games. Coming into the game, the Lions had won three of four and were not turning the ball over. Yesterday, the Lions committed three turnovers. In the fourth quarter alone, Stafford lost a fumble and threw an interception at the Seattle one-yard line. That intecetion all but nixed any chance the Lions had to get back into game. Stafford ended the day going 24/40 for 310 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Marvin Jones caught seven passes for 117 yards and two scores.

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The good news for the Lions is that their division leader, the Chicago Bears, are only sitting at 4-3. The bad news for the Seahawks is that they trail the undefeated Los Angeles Rams in their division, and the Rams do not look like they will be giving up their division lead anytime soon.

UP NEXT: Seahawks: Host the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday. Lions: Visit the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday.

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