The Seattle Seahawks became the only lower seed to win on Wild Card Weekend, with a 24-14 victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Maryland.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 132 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries, while Russell Wilson completed 15 of 26 passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. But the biggest play in the game came when Robert Griffin III re-injured his knee in the fourth quarter after struggling to move around for most of the game.
The first quarter belonged to the Redskins. Griffin led two scoring drives, capping them both with short touchdown passes to put his team out in a comfortable 14-0 lead.
But the Seattle defense kept hammering away at Washington's star signal-caller, and Griffin came up limping at times in the first half. Eventually the Seahawks offense got on track, and the team closed the gap in the second quarter.
Wilson connected on a short touchdown pass of his own, while Steven Hauschka fought through an ankle injury to kick two field goals, and the Redskins took a slim 14-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Both teams battled to a standstill in the third quarter, but this was due to Seattle's missed opportunities. Lynch fumbled the ball when the team was on the verge of scoring, and Wilson overthrew Doug Baldwin in the end zone after the wideout had beat the Washington secondary.
The fourth quarter was a different story, and a 27-yard touchdown run from Lynch gave Seattle the lead for the first time in the game midway through the fourth quarter. The 'Hawks captured the 21-14 advantage after a successful two-point conversion.
Griffin's knee finally knocked him out of the game when he tweaked it again while going after a loose ball on a bad snap. Seattle recovered and turned the mishap into three points, giving us the eventual final score of 24-14, Seahawks.
This gave backup Kirk Cousins a 10-point deficit to erase with just over five minutes remaining in the game. He was unable to get the job done, and Seattle closed out the victory.
This is the end of the road for the Redskins, and the Seahawks will now travel south to take on the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
SportsCenter set the stage in this game by noting just how good Robert Griffin III has been this season:
ESPN's Robert Flores did not take notice of the players when he turned on his television and could not get past the condition of the field they were standing on.
Grantland's Bill Barnwell pointed out that the Seahawks had little experience playing from behind this season, but they handled themselves extremely well by responding to Washington's 14-point run with 13 unanswered points of their own in the first half.
Seahawks have not been down by more than seven points since October 14 vs. Patriots. Less than 30 minutes down by 8+ all season.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) January 6, 2013
When teams screw up, Faux John Madden is always on the spot with a sarcastic comment. He continued his stellar record of spreading shame by taking note of the Seahawks' third-quarter mistakes:
If you fumble inside the 5 and overthrow open receivers for touchdowns, you're probably leaving some points out there.— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) January 6, 2013
While Dwight Schrute may see hunting and martial arts as the only acceptable sports, Seattle native Rainn Wilson enjoyed the Seahawks' best highlight from the game and showed his appreciation for Marshawn Lynch:
Beast Mode!— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) January 7, 2013
ESPN's J.A. Adande voiced his displeasure over Washington's decision to leave Griffin in the game:
I'm furious at Washington right now. RGIII should not have been out there.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) January 7, 2013
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora noted what NFL fans have to look forward to next week:
Seahawks at Falcons and Packers at 49ers next week. Ravens at Broncos and Texans at Patriots.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 7, 2013