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Paul Richardson's Big Day And Other Notes From The Seahawks' Wild Card Victory Over Detroit

A look at who played and how much they played in the Seahawks' Wild Card playoff win over the Detroit Lions.

Curious who plays in each game and how much they play, as well as what the distribution of playing time might mean? Throughout the season, we'll post the snap counts for the Seahawks the day after each game and take a look at what stood out.

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Offense

  • The five starting linemen and Russell Wilson played all 73 offensive snaps, while backup tackle Bradley Sowell came on for one play as an extra lineman when the Seahawks were near the goal line.
  • Paul Richardson's role was expected to increase after Tyler Lockett's season was ended by a broken leg in Week 16, but somewhat surprisingly, Richardson actually led Seahawks receivers in playing time Saturday, playing 75 percent of the snaps while Doug Baldwin played 70 percent, Jermaine Kearse played 64 percent and Tanner McEvoy played 25 percent. Richardson made the most of his opportunity, hauling in three spectacular catches for 48 yards, including what was one of the best touchdown grabs you'll ever see. Baldwin, meanwhile, had 11 catches for 104 yards and a score, meaning he averaged just over one reception for every five plays he was on the field.
  • Thomas Rawls played 66 percent of the snaps on a record-setting day, carrying 27 times for a Seahawks postseason-record 161 yards. Alex Collins played 18 percent of the snaps while J.D. McKissic played 7 percent. Fullback Marcel Reece had a busy day, playing 45 percent of the snaps.
  • The Seahawks were slightly less reliant on tight ends than usual, with Luke Willson leading the way at 60-percent playing time, followed by Jimmy Graham (55 percent) and Brandon Williams (12 percent).

Defense

  • Kam Chancellor, DeShawn Shead, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright played all 55 defensive snaps, while Richard Sherman played all but two.
  • Steven Terrell missed four plays with an apparent injury, but quickly returned to the game. Kelcie McCray, who started at strong safety earlier this season when Kam Chancellor was out with a groin injury, filled in at free safety while Terrell was out.
  • The Seahawks spent almost the entire game in nickel defense, which is evident in nickel corner Jeremy Lane playing 96 percent of the snaps while strongside linebacker Mike Morgan played just five percent.
  • Michael Bennett led the defensive line rotation playing 87 percent of the snaps, followed by Cliff Avril (82 percent), Frank Clark (73 percent), Cassius Marsh (51 percent), Ahtyba Rubin (49 percent), Jarran Reed (44 percent) and John Jenkins (15 percent).

Special Teams

  • Cassius Marsh and Kelcie McCray led the Seahawks on special teams, playing 75 percent of the snaps, followed by Brock Coyle (71 percent), Dewey McDonald (67 percent), Neiko Thorpe (67 percent), Kevin Pierre-Louis (67 percent), Brandon Williams (62 percent) and Jeron Johnson (54 percent).

Action photos from Wild Card weekend vs the Lions at CenturyLink Field.

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