Twitter Reacts to Seahawks Win over Redskins in Wild Card Round

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Twitter Reacts to Seahawks Win over Redskins in Wild Card Round
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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.

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.

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Robert Griffin was all Smiles Early in the Game

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.

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.

Griffin and the Redskins' masterful start were enough to inspire some humorous speculation from the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Reuben Frank of CSN echoed those sentiments.

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.

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.

And then the sky fell in on the Redskins.

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An Image that will be Seared into the Minds of Redskins' Fans for Some Time.

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...

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.

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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