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Seattle Seahawks defeat Detroit Lions in NFC wild card game

Jan 7 (The Sports Xchange) - Thomas Rawls ran for 161 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Seattle Seahawks continued their home playoff success with a 26-6 victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday.

Seattle advanced to an NFC Divisional playoff game at Atlanta after winning their 10th consecutive home postseason contest. The Seahawks have not lost a postseason game at home since 2005.

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The highest-paid NFL players of all time

25. Dwight Freeney, DE — $97.6 million

Seasons: 15

Highest single-season earnings: $30.8 million (2007; includes $15 million signing bonus)

Championships: 1

Pro Bowls: 7

First-team All-Pro: 3

One thing to know: Prior to the 2007 season, Freeney signed a six-year, $72 million contract with the Colts and, in a rarity for the NFL, he made every penny of that deal.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

24. Jared Allen, DE — $97.9 million

Seasons: 12

Highest single-season earnings: $20.9 million (2008; includes $15.5 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 5

First-team All-Pro: 4

One thing to know: Allen spent some of his earnings on at least one horse. We know this because when he announced his retirement in February, he rode off on a horse.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

23. Champ Bailey, CB — $102.8 million

Seasons: 15

Highest single-season earnings: $16.5 million (2010; includes $3 million roster bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 12

First-team All-Pro: 3

One thing to know: Bailey's largest contract came after the 2003 season, when he signed a seven-year, $63 million deal.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

22. Ndamukong Suh, DT — $104.2 million

Seasons: 7

Highest single-season earnings: $26.5 million (2015; includes $25.5 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 4

First-team All-Pro: 3

One thing to know: If Suh stays with the Dolphins until the end of his 6-year, $114.4 million contract his career earnings will rise to $178.6 million.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

21. Joe Thomas, LT — $108.4 million

Seasons: 10

Highest single-season earnings: $19.1 million (2011; includes $6 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 9

First-team All-Pro: 6

One thing to know: Thomas has never missed an NFL game due to injury and has started all 156 games since being drafted.

(Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

20. Matthew Stafford, QB — $110.8 million

Seasons: 8

Highest single-season earnings: $26.9 million

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 1

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: Stafford was the top pick in the 2009 draft in an era when there were no limits on rookie contracts. His first deal was worth $72 million.

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

19. Jay Cutler, QB — $112.2 million

Seasons: 11

Highest single-season earnings: $20.5 million (2015; includes $5 million restructure bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 1

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: Cutler's seven-year, $126.7 million contract is the largest in NFL history in terms of total potential value.

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

18. Calvin Johnson, WR — $113.8 million

Seasons: 9

Highest single-season earnings: $25 million (2013; includes $20 million option bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 6

First-team All-Pro: 3

One thing to know: Johnson retired earlier this year because he was reportedly "in pain." He walked away from the final four years and $67.7 million on his contract.

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

17. Joe Flacco, QB — $114.8 million

Seasons: 9

Highest single-season earnings: $30.0 million (2013; includes $29.0 million signing bonus)

Championships: 1

Pro Bowls: 1

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: Joe Flacco has elite career earnings.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

16. Darrelle Revis, CB — $118.2 million

Seasons: 10

Highest single-season earnings: $25 million (2011; includes $18 million option bonus)

Championships: 1

Pro Bowls: 7

First-team All-Pro: 4

One thing to know: In a league where most players are forced to take safe contracts, Revis has continually bet on himself and won and he says he wants to keep going. Despite a report saying Revis will retire after the season, Revis says he wants to play in 2017.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

15. Mario Williams, DE — $120.4 million

Seasons: 11

Highest single-season earnings: $25 million (2012; includes $19 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 4

First-team All-Pro: 1

One thing to know: Mario Williams was another No. 1 overall draft pick back when No. 1 overall draft picks received gigantic rookie contracts. Williams' first deal with the Texans was for six years and $54 million.

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

14. Michael Vick, QB — $121.2 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season earnings: $27.5 million (2005)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 4

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: Vick missed two seasons in the prime of his career following his dog-fighting conviction.

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

13. Aaron Rodgers, QB — $123.8 million

Seasons: 12

Highest single-season earnings: $38.3 million (2013; includes $33.3 million signing bonus)

Championships: 1

Pro Bowls: 5

First-team All-Pro: 2

One thing to know: The Packers have Rodgers under contract through the 2019 season and his cap hit never exceeds $21.1 million.

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

12. Tony Romo, QB — $127.4 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season earnings: $26.5 million (2013; includes $25 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 4

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: Romo still has three years left on his contract with the Cowboys, but with the emergence of Dak Prescott, Romo will almost certainly not be back with Dallas in 2017. With the contract, Romo can effectively pick who he wants to play for in 2017, and he reportedly prefers the Broncos. However, retirement is also an option.

(Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

11. Matt Ryan, QB — $133.7 million

Seasons: 9

Highest single-season earnings: $36.5 million (2014; includes $15 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 3

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: Including salaries and bonuses, Ryan has made $78.8 million in the first four years of his five-year, $103.8 million extension.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

10. Brett Favre, QB — $137.8 million

Seasons: 20 (retired in 2010)

Highest single-season earnings: $16 million (2010; includes $4.4 million signing bonus)

Championships: 1

Pro Bowls: 11

First-team All-Pro: 3

One thing to know: Favre only made more than $12 million once while with the Packers, but made more than that in each of his three seasons with the Jets and Vikings.

(Photo by Jay Drowns/Sporting News via Getty Images)

9. Larry Fitzgerald, WR — $140.3 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season earnings: $26.3 million (2012; includes $15 million option bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 9

First-team All-Pro: 1

One thing to know: Fitzgerald is signed through the 2017 season, however a report stated that Fitzgerald has been telling those close to him that he will retire after this season. Fitzgerald denied making a decision on his future.

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

8. Julius Peppers, LB — $156.0 million

Seasons: 15

Highest single-season earnings: $20.2 million (2010; includes $6.5 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 9

First-team All-Pro: 3

One thing to know: Peppers will be an unrestricted contract after the season. He will be 37 next year.

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

7. Carson Palmer, QB — $156.6 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season earnings: $19.0 million (2014; includes $10 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 3

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: Palmer still has two years and $28.0 million left on his contract with the Cardinals. His cap hit jumps from $18.4 million this year to $24.1 million next year and the two sides will almost certainly need to restructure his deal.

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

6. Ben Roethlisberger, QB — $158.3 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season earnings: $35.3 million (2015; includes $31 million signing bonus)

Championships: 2

Pro Bowls: 4

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: At $87.4 million, the contract signed prior to the 2015 season by Big Ben didn't sound as sexy as the other deals signed by quarterbacks. But it was better than most, as he got more than $35 million in Year 1 and a whopping $53 million over the first two seasons.

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

5. Philip Rivers, QB — $173.9 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season earnings: $32 million (2015; includes $17 million signing bonus)

Championships: 0

Pro Bowls: 5

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: Rivers got one of the surprise monster contracts in recent memory, which will likely push his career earnings close to $220 million when all's said and done.

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

4. Drew Brees, QB — $181.7 million

Seasons: 16

Highest single-season earnings: $40 million (2012; includes $37 million signing bonus)

Championships: 1

Pro Bowls: 9

First-team All-Pro: 1

One thing to know: Brees had the highest cap hit in the NFL last season at $23.8 million. An extension signed prior to this season lowered his 2016 cap figure from $30.0 million to $17.3 million.

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

3. Tom Brady, QB — $196.2 million

Seasons: 17

Highest single-season earnings: $28.8 million (2016; includes $28.0 million signing bonus)

Championships: 4

Pro Bowls: 11

First-team All-Pro: 2

One thing to know: Brady has consistently sacrificed money during his career for the sake of the team. However, he is starting to cash in now, signing a $41 million extension prior to the season that included a $28 million signing bonus.

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

2. Eli Manning, QB — $205.8 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season earnings: $37 million (2015; includes $31 million signing bonus)

Championships: 2

Pro Bowls: 4

First-team All-Pro: 0

One thing to know: Manning made $37 million last season alone as part of his new $84 million contract, which included a $31 million signing bonus. This season he has the highest cap hit in the NFL at $24.2 million. If he plays out the final three years of his current contract, his career earnings will grow to $252.3 million.

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

1. Peyton Manning, QB — $248.7 million

Seasons: 18

Highest single-season earnings: $35 million (2004; includes $34.5 million signing bonus)

Championships: 2

Pro Bowls: 14

First-team All-Pro: 7

One thing to know: Manning's final paycheck in the NFL was a $4 million bonus for winning the Super Bowl last season. He had one year and $19 million remaining on his Broncos contract when he retired.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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The winner of Sunday's Green Bay-New York Giants game travel to Dallas to face the top-seeded Cowboys in the other NFC Divisional game.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, playing without a knee brace for the first time since Week 3, completed 22 of 30 passes for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Rawls had 107 of his 161 rushing yards before halftime and broke the game open with a 4-yard touchdown run with 8:49 remaining. That score, which was followed by a failed point-after kick, put Seattle up 19-6.

Rawls had 27 carries on Saturday after an injury-plagued regular season that saw him accumulate just 349 rushing yards.

The Lions failed to get across midfield on their next possession, and Seattle ate up almost four minutes of clock before Wilson threw his second touchdown pass to put the game away with 3:36 remaining.

Detroit held Seattle to one touchdown over the first three quarters and pulled within 10-6 on Matt Prater's 53-yard field goal with 4:08 left in the third quarter.

Seattle's Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Prater, who booted a 51-yarder just before halftime, became the first kicker in NFL history to make two field goals of at least 50 yards in a playoff game.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 18 of 32 passes for 205 yards for the Lions, who have lost their last nine playoff games -- an NFL record -- and are 1-11 in postseason play since 1957.

Detroit's only playoff win in a span of nearly 60 years came in 1992 over Dallas.

The Lions had only 231 yards of offense. Detroit scored only one second-half touchdown during its season-ending four-game losing streak.

Wilson threw a pair of highlight-worthy touchdown passes to Paul Richardson and Doug Baldwin. Richardson's one-handed catch of a 4-yard touchdown was one of two receptions the wide receiver made with one hand while a defender was called for pass interference.

Wilson finished off his day by throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, who reached out to take the ball away from intended target Jermaine Kearse with 3:36 remaining.

Baldwin caught 11 passes for 104 yards, while Richardson added three receptions for 48 yards and the touchdown.

Seattle advanced to the divisional round for the fifth year in a row and play a playoff game in Atlanta for the second time since the 2012 postseason. The Falcons beat the Seahawks 30-28 at the Georgia Dome in a 2012 divisional game. (Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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