Michael Dickson experienced the worst match of his younger NFL vocation but the Seattle Seahawks nevertheless hung on to narrowly defeat the Arizona Cardinals and established up a playoff clash with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Sydney-elevated Dickson, named to the Professional Bowl in his rookie time, experienced two punts blocked on Monday (AET) that led to touchdowns.
Cardinals defensive conclude Cameron Malveaux knocked the punt down and linebacker Dennis Gardeck fell on it in the conclude zone.
The other block arrived as Dickson punted from the back again of his possess conclude zone and the ball landed at the Seahawks’ 27-lawn line.
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The Cardinals took gain of the industry place and scored 3 performs later on.
Dickson also experienced a 54-lawn punt returned 45 yards.
The shell-stunned rookie was at a decline to demonstrate what occurred write-up-match, even if most — or all — of the blame laid somewhere else.
“I do not know,” Dickson informed the Seattle Occasions. “We have not truly … I do not truly … it is all form of a blur out there for me, so I do not truly have considerably to say on it, to be sincere. Not however, in any case.”
The Seahawks managed to dangle on for a 27-24 gain versus the lowly Cardinals who misplaced 13 of their 16 game titles this time.
Seattle will vacation to Dallas to perform the Wildcard Spherical opener subsequent Sunday. “I want to be taking part in presently,” stated Dickson, who entered the match foremost the NFL in web punting regular at 43.8 yards. “As before long as a thing like that comes about I just want to get extra and extra punts. I want to go out there and punt ideal now. I presently want to be up versus Dallas and be punting ideal now. That is what it does (to me).”
Australia’s two other punters on groups in playoff competition on the remaining working day of the common time, Philadelphia Eagles’ Cameron Johnston and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jordan Berry, experienced anxious times.
The defending Tremendous Bowl winner Eagles desired to defeat the Washington Redskins and hope the Chicago Bears defeat the MinnesotaVikings.
The stars aligned, with the Eagles crushing the Redskins 24-0 and the Bears outplaying the Vikings 24-10.
The Eagles acquire on the Bears subsequent weekend.
The Steelers also experienced to navigate a slippery slope to the playoffs but will skip the postseason except if the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans match which concludes later on right now finishes in a tie.
The Steelers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 16-13, but their route turned not likely when the Baltimore Ravens outlasted the Cleveland Browns 26-24 to gain the AFC North.
At last, the Indianapolis Colts ran absent with a few of late intercepts to snatch a 33-17 gain in excess of the Tennessee Titans for a person of the most important convert arounds.
The Colts begun the time 1-5 just after a 4-12 time previous 12 months.
It is just the 3rd time in NFL historical past a group has manufactured the playoffs just after a 1-5 get started just after the 1970 Bengals and the 2015 Chiefs.
This gain on the remaining working day of the common time normally takes the Colts to 10-6 and steal the previous location in the AFC, exactly where they will acquire on the Houston Texans in Houston subsequent 7 days.
2019 NFL PLAYOFF Timetable
Sunday, January 6
8.35am AEDT — (6) Indianapolis Colts at (3) Houston Texans
12.15pm AEDT — (5) Seattle Seahawks at (4) Dallas Cowboys
Monday, January 7
5.05am AEDT — (5) Los Angeles Chargers at (4) Baltimore Ravens
8.40am AEDT — (6) Philadelphia Eagles at (3) Chicago Bears
Sunday, January 13
AFC reduced seed at (1) Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
NFC increased seed at (2) Los Angeles Rams
Monday, January 14
AFC increased seed at (2) New England Patriots
NFC reduced seed at (1) New Orleans Saints
Monday, January 21
TBD vs. TBD, NFC Championship Match
TBD vs. TBD, AFC Championship Match
Tremendous Bowl LIII
Monday, February 4
AFC winner vs. NFC winner in Atlanta, CBS