The last playoff game of Wild Card Weekend may well have been the most interesting, as when the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins met Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field, two rookie quarterbacks met in a playoff game for only the second time in NFL history.
This historic event wasn't lost on fans such as Matt Ufford, who took to Photoshop to offer his take on it.
Ufford (@mattufford) January 6, 2013
Meanwhile, even Mother Nature seemed to take note of the significance of Sunday's game, and according to the Seahawks' official site, she's squarely in the corner of Seattle signal-caller Russell Wilson.
With that said, there was still a game to be played, with the Seahawks trying to win their first road playoff game since 1983 while the Redskins attempted to win their first playoff contest since the 2005 campaign.
It was the Redskins that drew first blood, taking the opening kickoff, storming down the field and scoring on a Robert Griffin touchdown pass that staked Washington to a 7-0 lead and elicited the praise of one member of his legion of fans.
Touchdown! Robert Griffin III, doing what Robert Griffin III does, which is dominate.— Robert Wohner (@robwoh) January 6, 2013
A sack by Washington linebacker London Fletcher led to a 3-and-out for the Seahawks on their first series, and much like on their first drive, the Redskins promptly took the ball and romped down the field.
Robert Griffin's second touchdown pass of the first quarter made it 14-0 Redskins, and for Seattle supporters such as SounderHawk, panic had begun to set in.
Way to come to play @seahawks . This is maddening that it looks like we aren't ready for this game on either side of the ball.— sounderhawk (@SounderHawk) January 6, 2013
Griffin and the Redskins' masterful start were enough to inspire some humorous speculation from the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.
No truth to the rumor that Chip Kelly is now trying to interview for the Redskins job.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 6, 2013
The Seahawks finally got going a bit as the second quarter got underway, driving for a field goal and forcing Washington's first punt on the next drive while the FOX broadcasting crew attempted to jinx the Redskins by referencing a USA Today article published Sunday regarding Robert Griffin's December knee injury.
Dr. James Andrews a "nervous wreck" over RGIII, says he didn't clear RGIII to return a play after hurting knee. usatoday.com/story/sports/n…— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) January 6, 2013
Their statements would prove prophetic, but at the time it certainly wasn't the first (or last) time that a large portion of America wished that Joe Buck and Troy Aikman would shut up.
Whether it was that jinx (probably not) or just the Seahawks settling down, the momentum continued to swing, a Russell Wilson touchdown pass made it a 14-10 game, and after a Griffin interception, the panic meter had swung in the other direction.
You are not Joe Flacco, Robert Griffin.— [NuNu] Rashad [NuNu] (@TewDug) January 6, 2013
That interception led to a field goal, and at intermission of a game filled with big momentum swings, the Redskins clung to a one point lead.
Not surprisingly, a game that was the best of the weekend through two quarters drew plenty of compliments and commentary, including from ESPN's Mike Greenberg.
And what article would be complete without the wisdom of Skip Bayless?
Near-disastrous RWilson fumble turns into drive-making gain for Seattle. OK, RG3's turn. Just hope knee isn't getting worse.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) January 6, 2013
The Seahawks appeared to be set to take the lead on the first drive of the second half, but a goal-line fumble by running back Marshawn Lynch provided another huge momentum swing and put a sour taste in the imaginary mind of John Madden.
Marshawn Lynch just had his Skittles ripped away from him.— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) January 6, 2013
The rest of the third quarter came and went without any scoring, which allowed yours truly to point out a rather troubling stat for Redskins' fans.
After two TD passes in the 1st quarter, Robert Griffin has all of 84 passing yards (with an INT) through 3. That SEA secondary is no joke.— Gary Davenport (@IDPManor) January 6, 2013
Reuben Frank of CSN echoed those sentiments.
Since Redskins had a 129- to -2 yardage edge, Seahawks have outgained Skins 279-34.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 6, 2013
Meanwhile, a clearly limited Robert Griffin continued to struggle mightily as the fourth quarter got underway, leading Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports to tweet the question on everyone's minds.
At this point, is Kirk Cousins a better option than RG3?— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) January 6, 2013
That question loomed much larger after Marshawn Lynch gave the Seahawks the lead, rumbling in from 27 yards out to redeem himself for his earlier fumble and get back in the good graces of Seattle fans such as SirCoach.
Marshawn Lynch threw the fiscal cliff off a cliff.— I'm Ron Burgundy? (@SirCoach) January 7, 2013
And then the sky fell in on the Redskins.
Despite the fact that he was clearly hurting, that his effectiveness was limited, and that Dr. James Andrews said he was "a nervous wreck" regarding Griffin's knee, head coach Mike Shanahan left him out there until...
Dr. James Andrews is going to be screaming "I told you so!" as Robert Griffin III just went down on his injured... fb.me/wTZZbCMv— Rock947 (@Rock947) January 7, 2013
Congratulations Shanahan. You finally killed Robert Griffin III. #Redskins— CaptainTouchback (@CaptTouchback) January 7, 2013
What a disaster. If RGIII is hurt, the Redskins should fire everyone on that sideline. The coach. The trainer. Every. Single. Person.— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) January 7, 2013
The Seahawks kicked a field goal to go up 10, and backup Kirk Cousins entered a hushed FedEx Field to try to lead a comeback.
That comeback, not surprisingly, fell short, and it will be the Seattle Seahawks who move on to face the Atlanta Falcons after a 24-14 win propelled by the strong running of Lynch, who finished with 131 yards on the ground.
Those Seahawks deserve a great deal of credit for battling back from a 14-point deficit (their largest comeback this year and the biggest postseason comeback in team history), and ESPN's Mike Greenberg was one of the first to dispense some.
Seattle showed amazing poise after awful start, overcame big mistakes, they are going to be a VERY tough out... #Seahawks— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) January 7, 2013
However, the dominant storyline from this game (and the Wild Card Round) will no doubt be Robert Griffin's knee and Mike Shanahan's decision to leave Griffin in the game, and we've only just begun to see the fallout from that one.
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