Before the Washington Redskins even took the field to face the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Wild Card playoff matchup there was an inkling that things weren't right in the nation's capital.
An article in USA Today refuted head coach Mike Shanahan's assertion that Dr. James Andrews cleared quarterback Robert Griffin to reenter the Dec. 9 game in which the rookie injured his knee on a hit by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, with Andrews going so far as to say that he was a "nervous wreck" watching Griffin play on the knee.
However, all seemed well early in the game, as Griffin threw touchdown passes on the game's first two drives and the Redskins jumped out to an early 14-0 lead.
Those would be the only points the Redskins scored.
As the game wore on Griffin was clearly favoring the knee more and more, but rather than insert backup Kirk Cousins Shanahan left Griffin out there.
Right up until the knee gave out completely in the fourth quarter.
Not only did Washington lose the game, 24-14, but they have, potentially, lost far more.