The first day of the 2017 NFL playoffs is a wrap, and it was kind of a snoozer. The Houston Texans had little trouble with an anemic Oakland Raiders offense, while the Seattle Seahawks defense and running back Thomas Rawls keyed their win over the Detroit Lions. The Texans next opponent depends on the outcome of Sunday’s Steelers-Dolphins game. The Seahawks will travel to face the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round.
The wrap of the first day of games has no impact on the 49ers interview possibilities. Well, as far as we know. The 49ers have not been connected to any assistant coaches on the Raiders or Lions coaching staffs. They have interviews set up in the next couple days with Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable and executives Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer.
The Texans faced a Raiders squad missing quarterback Derek Carr and offensive tackle Donald Penn. They had some chances to keep the game close, but Oakland’s offense never got on track. Meanwhile, the Lions hung within a possession of the Seahawks for the first three quarters, and then the wheels fell off in the fourth quarter. Thomas Rawls was big, but the Seahawks also got some big contributions from Doug Baldwin.
Sunday brings two more wild card round games. The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Miami Dolphins, kicking off at 10:05 a.m. PT. If Pittsburgh wins, they will face the Kansas City Chiefs, while if Miami wins, they will face the New England Patriots. The Green Bay Packers host the New York Giants, kicking off at 1:40 p.m. The winner advances to face the Dallas Cowboys.