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Seahawks' Wilson last rookie QB left in playoffs

Wild-card weekend is over in the NFL playoffs, and Seattle's Russell Wilson is the lone rookie quarterback remaining.

And, Wilson's Seahawks made a pretty good case that they might be here a while.

Wilson teamed with Marshawn Lynch to lead Seattle to a 24-14 comeback victory over the Washington Redskins, who finished the game Sunday without Robert Griffin III - their star rookie quarterback who reinjured his right knee.

``It was a tremendous game,'' Wilson said. ``We were fortunate enough to come out with a win. It was a battle, we kept playing. One play at a time, that's what I kept telling the guys.''

The Seahawks (12-5) overcame a 14-0 first-quarter hole - their biggest deficit this season - and will visit the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons (13-3) next Sunday. Seattle has a six-game winning streak, and ended the stigma that it couldn't win on the road in the playoffs - ending an eight-game skid away from home in the postseason.

``It was a huge win,'' Wilson said, ``and we're excited about the opportunities.''

In Baltimore, Ray Lewis and the Ravens eliminated Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick, and the Indianapolis Colts with a 24-9 win. The victory delayed Lewis' retirement for at least another week as Baltimore (11-6) heads to top-seeded Denver (13-3) next Saturday.

``I knew how it started, but I never knew how it would end here in Baltimore,'' said Lewis, who played his final home game. ``To go the way it did today, I wouldn't change nothing.''

The other playoff games next weekend are Green Bay at San Francisco on Saturday, and Houston at New England on Sunday.

The Packers (12-5) set up the showdown with the 49ers (11-4-1) after beating the Minnesota Vikings in the wild-card round Saturday. The teams met in the season opener, a 30-22 victory by San Francisco.

Houston gets another chance against New England after beating Cincinnati 19-13 on Saturday in quarterback Matt Schaub's first postseason start. The AFC East champion Patriots trounced the Texans 42-14 at Foxborough on Dec. 10, the first of three losses in four games for Houston to end the regular season.

At Landover, Md., Griffin's knee buckled as he tried to field a bad shotgun snap, leaving the Redskins an offseason to worry about their franchise player's health.

Griffin was playing in his third game since spraining his right knee about a month ago against Baltimore, and he had been looking gimpy since tumbling backward following an ill-advised sidearm throw in the first quarter.

Nevertheless, he stayed in the game. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he didn't pull Griffin because the quarterback wanted to continue.

``I think I did put myself at more risk,'' Griffin said. ``But every time you get on the field, you're putting yourself on the line.''

Griffin was scheduled for an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

Lynch ran for 132 yards, and Wilson completed 15 of 26 passes for 187 yards and ran eight times for 67 yards for the Seahawks.

Ravens 24, Colts 9

Anquan Boldin set a franchise record with 145 yards receiving, including the clinching touchdown in the Ravens' victory. It set up a rematch with Denver and Peyton Manning, who cruised past Baltimore 34-17 three weeks ago.

``I wanted Denver,'' Boldin said, ``because they beat us. We'll make it different.''

Lewis, who made 13 tackles, ended his last home game in Baltimore at fullback for the final kneel-down. He then went into a short version of his trademark dance before being mobbed by teammates. He followed with a victory lap, his right arm, covered by a brace, held high in salute to the fans after playing for the first time since tearing his right triceps on Oct. 14 against Dallas.

The loss ended the Colts' turnaround season in which they went from 2-14 to the playoffs in coach Chuck Pagano's first year in Indianapolis (11-6). Pagano missed 12 weeks while undergoing treatment for leukemia and returned last week.

Indy's only points came on three field goals by Adam Vinatieri. Luck completed 28 of 54 passes, the most attempts by a rookie in a playoff game, for 288 yards.

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

The NFL's Top 100 players list is always an interesting discussion point for fans. It's fun to debate who is the best of the best, especially in a sport like football.

Positions require such vastly different skills, so it's difficult to compare a running back to, say, a punter.

What also makes the list interesting is how it's compiled: by the players themselves.

We don't always get to peel back the curtain, but Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was willing to share his ballot on social media once he put his votes together.

This is an especially interesting list. Humphrey resisted the urge to simply vote all Ravens, as Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley and Marcus Peters are the only ones to make his top 20.

Humphrey did seem to heavily weigh players he has faced already, particularly in 2019. Of his 17 non-Ravens, 11 played against Baltimore this past season.

The cornerback clearly remembers 2018's matchup with the Saints well, as Michael Thomas and Drew Brees find themselve in his top four. He has a nice balance between offensive players he's had to defend and defensive players he can evaluate as a peer.

The divisional round loss also clearly is still weighing on his mind, with Titans running back Derrick Henry ranked sixth across all players.

Of course, according to him, the easiest choice of all was Humphrey's first.

Hard to disagree with him on that one.

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Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews help lead AFC to victory in Pro Bowl skills competition

Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews help lead AFC to victory in Pro Bowl skills competition

Lamar Jackson was excellent this season finding his receivers across the field en route to an MVP caliber season. 

As it turns out, he’s not so good at hitting targets that aren’t human. 

Jackson struggled in the precision passing event, an event with moving targets labeled from one to five points and scored just two total points on 17 throws. 

But Jackson’s poor performance in the first event didn’t hurt the AFC, as it won the 2020 Pro Bowl skills competition over the NFC.

“A lot of bad throws,” Jackson said of his performance in the first event. “A little wind with me. It’s all good.” 

As soon as the event aired, Jackson immediately took to Twitter.

The events that followed were: The Gauntlet, Best Hands, Thread The Needle and Dodgeball. 

Jackson and teammate Mark Andrews competed in the Best Hands and Thread The Needle competitions. 

The duo’s obvious chemistry resulted in the second-best time, 49.4 seconds, out of four total pairings. 

The next drill was another passing drill called ‘Thread The Needle,’ which Jackson fared better in. He scored 12 total points, tied for the second-best of four passers. The concept of the drill was to throw the ball past a defender guarding a wall with nine targets, each with a corresponding point total.

In the final event of the night, the AFC beat the NFC two games to zero in dodgeball — led by Jackson and Andrews’ division rival, Browns wideout Jarvis Landry.

Jackson didn’t start the night well, but thankfully for him, the next targets with numbers he’ll see will be actual receivers at the Pro Bowl on Sunday afternoon.

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