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Inside Thomas Rawls' monster game for Seahawks

Below is a look at the numbers behind Thomas Rawls' 169-yard performance for the Seattle Seahawks, with help from ESPN Stats & Information.

3.22 - That was Rawls' average gain after first contact Sunday. It was the top mark among all NFL running backs. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has said the thing he liked about Rawls coming out of college was that the running back sought out contact and finished runs. So far, that skill has transferred to the NFL. On the season, Rawls is averaging 2.86 yards after contact. That's second in the NFL to the Jets' Chris Ivory.

4.13 - That was Rawls' average gain before first contact Sunday. It ranked fifth among running backs and speaks to a couple of different things. One, the offensive line did a much better job of winning its battles. That might be the biggest positive to take from the loss. And two, Rawls is showing good vision. Yards before contact in many ways measures how the running back and the blocking are working together. As a point of reference, last week against the Lions, Rawls averaged 1 yard before contact, which ranked 40th out of 45 qualifying players.

5.6 - Rawls' average yards per carry on 58 attempts this season. That's second among all running backs behind only Rams rookie Todd Gurley. Rawls is a bruiser, but he's also been able to produce big plays with three runs of 20-plus yards. On Sunday, he consistently put the Seahawks in great position, carrying 12 times for 108 yards on first down. Carroll was asked after the game why Rawls was on the sideline for the first possession in overtime. He indicated that the Seahawks wanted to use a tempo package with Fred Jackson. Given how well Rawls ran all game long and his ability to break off big plays, that decision was a puzzling one by Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.