He played the rest of the season wearing a splint and a glove, which Stafford said after Saturday's loss was more of an annoyance than a hindrance, despite the fact he threw just three touchdowns and five interceptions his last four games. This is the kind of performance they have needed, and it comes at the flawless time as they get set for a tough matchup vs. the Falcons next weekend.
In the absence of a time machine, Caldwell will have to live with a ref's admission - except that referee Brad Allen refuted Caldwell's claim after the game.
Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said during the buildup to the game that his run defense got its "teeth kicked in" in season-ending losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, and the Seahawks went straight to work on the gums Saturday. The Lions, overall, did not, failing to score one touchdown and failing to stop the Seahawks' run.
Caldwell declined to share any conversations officials might have had with him about the Richardson touchdown.
Linebacker Mike Morgan stayed with running back Dwayne Washington off the fake in the right flat, cornerback Richard Sherman trailed Andre Roberts on a crossing route and cornerback DeShawn Shead followed Eric Ebron down the seam of the field.
Wilson, who was called for pass interference, wasn't second-guessing.
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"It was created to work, obviously, but they had it covered up and we didn't get it", Caldwell said.
"I'm not going to go into all that", he said. The Seahawks ranked first in the league in rushing yards allowed per play this season and also were third in points allowed.
The Lions have not won a road playoff game since 1957.
And Wilson added: "Whether I think it was a face mask or not don't matter. They did a nice job on defense".
Steven Hauschka made a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, Rawls scored on a 4-yard run with 8:49 to play, and Doug Baldwin caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Wilson with 3:36 left.