Final

Seahawks 24

(11-5, 3-5 away)

Redskins 14

(10-6, 5-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:30 PM ET, January 6, 2013

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 0 13 0 1124
WSH 14 0 0 014

Top Performers

Passing: R. Wilson (SEA) - 187 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Lynch (SEA) - 20 CAR, 132 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Garcon (WSH) - 4 REC, 50 YDS

Redskins lose lead, Robert Griffin III as Seahawks prevail

ESPN.com news services

LANDOVER, Md. -- Russell Wilson raced ahead to throw the final block on Marshawn Lynch's fourth-quarter, go-ahead touchdown run, doing just enough to get in the way of the Washington Redskins' safety near the goal line.

Less than a minute later, Robert Griffin III's knee buckled as he tried to field a bad shotgun snap, the pain so bad that he didn't even try to recover the ball.

The last rookie quarterback standing in the NFL playoffs is Wilson -- the third-round pick who teamed with Lynch on Sunday to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 24-14 victory over Griffin and the Redskins.

"Marshawn always tells me, 'Russ, I got your back, no matter what,' " Wilson said. "So I just try to help him out every once in a while."

And the latest debate over the wisdom of keeping an injured franchise player on the field -- when he's obviously nowhere near his best -- starts with coach Mike Shanahan, who let Griffin keep going until the QB could absolutely go no more.

"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."

Lynch ran for 132 yards, and Wilson completed 15-of-26 passes for 187 yards and ran eight times for 67 yards as the Seahawks overcame a 14-0 first-quarter hole -- their biggest deficit of the season. They will visit the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.

Meanwhile, Griffin was headed for an MRI to determine the extent of the damage on his re-injured right knee. He was already playing with a big black brace, having sprained the lateral collateral ligament about a month ago against the Baltimore Ravens. He hadn't looked his usual self in the two games he had played since, and he was obviously hobbled after falling awkwardly while throwing an incomplete pass in the first quarter Sunday.

In the fourth quarter, Griffin labored on a 9-yard run that made him look 32 years old instead of 22.

"He said, 'Hey, trust me. I want to be in there, and I deserve to be in there,' " Shanahan said. "I couldn't disagree with him."

Shanahan said he'll probably second-guess himself over his decision. He has the entire offseason to do so. And, whatever the injury, Griffin at least has time to recover.

Meanwhile, Wilson will carry on. The day began with three rookie quarterbacks in the playoffs, but No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck was eliminated when Indianapolis lost to Baltimore.

Seattle is riding a six-game winning streak, having left behind any doubts that the team can hold its own outside the Pacific Northwest. The Seahawks were 3-5 on the road in the regular season and had lost eight straight road playoff games, the last win coming in 1983 against the Miami Dolphins.

"It was only two touchdowns, but it's still a big comeback and, in this setting and the crowd, it's a marvelous statement about the guys' resolve and what is going on," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "It's not about how you start but how you finish."

Seattle's defense shut down the Redskins after a rough start. Washington had 129 yards in the first quarter and 74 for the rest of the game. Griffin was 6 for 9 for 68 yards and two touchdowns after 15 minutes. He was 4 for 10 for 16 yards with one interception the rest of the way.

"It was hard to watch RG III tonight," Carroll said. "It was hard on him. He was freaking gallant."

The numbers were reversed for the Seahawks, who rediscovered Lynch in the second quarter and put together three consecutive scoring drives to pull within a point, 14-13, at halftime.

Steven Hauschka, who injured his left calf during the first half and had to relinquish kickoff duties, nevertheless sandwiched field goals of 32 and 29 yards around a 4-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Michael Robinson. Wilson fumbled on the TD drive, but the ball was fortuitously scooped up by Lynch, who ran for a 19-yard gain.

The Seahawks controlled the second half, but then it was Lynch's turn to fumble -- at Washington's 1-yard line. The Redskins recovered this one, and the Seahawks had another drive get to Washington's 28 before a sack forced a punt -- rather than a long field goal attempt by an injured kicker.

But the Seahawks kept coming. Wilson led the way for two big change-of-direction runs by Lynch in the game, the second one a 27-yard scoring run with 7:08 remaining.

A 2-point conversion gave the Seahawks a 21-14 lead, and then came the moment that essentially put the outcome to rest.

On the second play of the Redskins' next possession, Griffin's knee bent the wrong way on a second-and-22 at the Washington 12. He lay on the ground as the Seahawks pounced on the ball.

Griffin walked off the field under his own power, but he was done for the night. By the end of the game, he was sitting alone on the white sideline bench, his brace discarded on a bench next to him.

With good field position, the Seahawks kicked a short field goal to give them the insurance they needed. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins, subbing for Griffin, was unable to rally the Redskins in the final minutes.

"Despite the fact that we have a 'nobody' team,' " Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said, "a team not full of first-rounders and things like that, we have a lot of guys that play at a high level."

Game notes


DE Chris Clemons, Seattle's best pass rusher, hurt his left knee in the third quarter and did not return. He will undergo an MRI. "We're concerned about it," Carroll said. ... Redskins LG Kory Lichtensteiger re-injured his sprained left ankle in the first quarter. ... The playoff meeting between the two teams was the third, but first outside Seattle. The Seahawks won 20-10 in January 2006, and 35-14 in January 2008. Those were the last two postseason games played by the Redskins. ... Redskins LT Trent Williams shoved Sherman in the face as the teams met on the field after the final whistle. "It was a dirty move by Trent Williams," Sherman said. "I can understand why he's frustrated; it's the end of their season." Williams took responsibility and said he acted in an "immature manner." Williams also issued an apology through his agent, saying in a statement: "I am truly sorry. I feel as though I've taken many strides to be a better person this season and this is not how I wanted it to end. And for that, I apologize for my actions." Later, Sherman tweeted that he received "a very classy text" message from Williams and there's "no ill will either way."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
WSH
1st Downs2215
Passing 1st downs
99
Rushing 1st downs
125
1st downs from Penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
5-135-11
4th down efficiency
1-20-2
Total Plays6854
Total Yards380203
Yards per play5.63.8
Total Drives1210
Passing15699
Comp - Att
15-2613-29
Yards per pass
6.03.4
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
5-312-16
Rushing224104
Rushing Attempts
3723
Yards per rush
6.14.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-62-2
Penalties4-303-15
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession34:2025:40

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wilson15/261877.2105-31
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Griffin10/19844.4212-16
Cousins3/10313.1000-0

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch201326.6127
Wilson8678.4028
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris16805.0018
Griffin5214.209

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Miller44812.00226
Baldwin23919.50335
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Garcon45012.50306
Hankerson22713.50155

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAWSH
wshTD09:57Evan Royster 4 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick) 07
wshTD02:26Logan Paulsen 4 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERSEAWSH
seaFG12:05Steven Hauschka 32 Yd 314
seaTD04:38Michael Robinson 4 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick) 1014
seaFG00:00Steven Hauschka 29 Yd 1314
FOURTH QUARTERSEAWSH
seaTD07:08Marshawn Lynch 27 Yd Run (Russell Wilson Pass To Zach Miller For Two-Point Conversion) 2114
seaFG05:32Steven Hauschka 22 Yd 2414

Research Notes

RGIII's Total QBR in the first quarter was 97.1. For the remainder of the game it was just 5.9.
The Seahawks are the third team in NFL history to win a postseason game in which they trailed by 14 or more points at the end of the first quarter.
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The Redskins did not run a single play from inside of Seattle territory after the first quarter... After a first quarter in which the Redskins outgained the Seahawks 129-9, they were then outgained 371 to 74 the rest of the game...
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The Redskins did not run a single play in Seahawks territory after the first quarter. They are the only team to not run an offensive play in opponent territory after the first quarter in any playoff game over the last 10 years.
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After a forgettable first quarter in which the Seahawks gained just 9 yards on 7 plays, they exploded for 371 yards over the final 3 quarters and averaged over 6 yards per play.
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- Griffin only scrambled one time over his last three games (for 1 yard), after leading the league in scrambles (43) and scramble yards (411) before that point. - Robert Griffin completed 1-of-3 passes outside of the pocket Sunday, and was 2-of-9 outside of the pocket after returning from his knee injury Week 16. Prior the injury, Griffin completed half of such passes and his 81.6 Total QBR outside the pocket ranked fifth in the league. - RG III was off-target on 5-of-19 (26.3 percent) throws Sunday, and 25 percent of his pass attempts since his injury were over or underthrown incompletions. Prior to the injury, only 13 percent of his throws were off-target, second-best in the league.
NEXT LEVEL: Robert Griffin III, already hobbled by his knee injury, was not the same quarterback after making a throw on the run with 3:23 left in the first quarter, causing him to come up limping after the play. After that point, Griffin completed 5-of-11 passes for 20 yards, while the Redskins gained 47 yards and ran two option play before he was pulled from the game.
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NEXT LEVEL: Robert Griffin III, already hobbled by his knee injury, was not the same quarterback after making a throw on the run with 3:23 left in the first quarter, causing him to come up limping after the play. After that point, Griffin completed 5-of-11 passes for 20 yards, while the Redskins gained 47 yards and ran two option play before he was pulled from the game.
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NEXT LEVEL: The Redskins sent at least five pass rushers on 17 of Russell Wilson's 33 dropbacks (51.5 percent), the second-highest pressure percentage Wilson has seen this season. When Wilson was able to get the pass off against the extra pass rushers, he completed 7-of-11 for 101 yards and a touchdown, but he was also sacked a season-high five times. In his last two games, Wilson has been sacked eight times on 28 dropbacks against extra pressure (once every 3.5 dropbacks).
NEXT LEVEL: Marshawn Lynch rushed 20 times for 132 yards and the game-winning touchdown Sunday, the most rushing yards he has had in a game since Week 13 of 2011. His 65 yards after first contact and a 3.3 yards after contact per rush average were higher than any game this past regular season.
The Seahawks offense used the option on 11 rushes for 110 yards Sunday, with 66 yards coming in the second half, including Marshawn Lynch's game-winning touchdown. Entering the playoffs, the Redskins and Seahawks ranked second and third in the league in option rushes, but the Redskins ran only four options in the game, and twice after Robert Griffin re-aggravated his knee injury. Since the start of Week 13, the Seahawks lead the NFL with 61 rushes and 474 yards on option rushes.
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From Elias: RG III is the 5th player in NFL history to throw multiple TD passes in the first quarter of his postseason debut:
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