An injured and hobbling Robert Griffin III tossed touchdowns as the Washington Redskins jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but his heroic effort couldn’t help his Skins score their first playoff victory in seven years, as the Seattle Seahawks rallied to a 24-14 victory.
The Hawks fell behind early, but went on a 240-11 yardage run while outscoring Washington 13-0 going into halftime, and in the third-quarter, they had the ball on the Skins’ 1-yard line, but RB Marshawn Lynch fumbled the ball, and the ageless London Fletcher recovered it.
While it looked to be a momentum-shifting play, the Seahawks defense would not allow the Skins to even cross midfield again as the Hawks continued their scoring run after Lynch rumbled for a 27-yard TD run, highlighted by a beautiful downfield block by QB Russell Wilson.
The Skins’ next drive would be disastrous, as RG3fumbled at the WAS-5, and injured his knee on the play to the point he missed the rest of the game, and Seattle kicked a field goal to extend their lead to 24-14, and would ultimately win by that margin.
The Hawks came into a hostile Fedex Field as one of the hottest teams in the NFL with five straight victories by a double-digit average, but Washington had the NFC’s longest winning streak entering the playoffs with seven-straight wins. Only the Broncos, winners of 11 straight games, have a longer winning streak going into the postseason.
After last Sunday’s 28-18 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys, which gave the Redskins their first division crown since the 1999 season, the Skins were looking for their first playoff win since the 2006 season when they won at Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers, but were unable to accomplish that.
With the win, the Seahawks will face the Atlanta Falcons in the 1 p.m. EST game next Sunday.