Seahawks’ defense remained No. 1 in postseason

Seahawks Defense

The Seahawks were eliminated from the NFL playoffs three weeks ago in the divisional round, but they emerged from the postseason as the No. 1-ranked defense – allowing an average of 310.0 yards in their Wild Card win over the Washington Redskins and oh-so-close loss to the Atlanta Falcons the following week.

They also were No. 5 against the run and No. 2 against the pass. Offensively, the Seahawks ranked No. 4 overall in average yards generated (435.5), as well as No. 2 rushing and No. 7 passing. They tied for third in turnover ratio at plus-1. The Seahawks also led the 12 teams in the playoffs by averaging 7.73 yards on first down plays (66 for 510).

Individually, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson’s 385-yard passing performance against the Falcons ranked second-highest to the 396 that Atlanta’s Matt Ryan put up the following week in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers. And Marshawn Lynch’s 132-yard rushing performance against the Redskins was third-highest in the playoffs behind the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (181 against the Packers) and Texans’ Arian Foster (140 against the Bengals).

Wilson’s two-game passer rating of 102.4 ranked third among the 12 QBs in the postseason behind Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco of the Ravens (117.2) and Ryan (105.2). Those ranking behind Wilson? In order, Kaepernick (100.9), the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (97.6), Broncos’ Peyton Manning (88.3), Texans’ Matt Schaub (87.5), Patriots’ Tom Brady (84.7), Redskins’ Robert Griffin III (77.5), Colts’ Andrew Luck (59.8), Vikings’ Joe Webb (55.9) and Bengals’ Andy Dalton (44.7).

Free safety Earl Thomas shared the postseason lead with two interceptions, while Leon Washington ranked fourth on kickoff- and punt-return average (27.7 and 10.8).

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