Robert Griffin III Injured as Seattle Seahawks Win NFC Wild Card Game, 24-14
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The Washington Redskins' season ended on Sunday, as the Seattle Seahawks rallied from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to score on their next three possessions of the first half and outplay the 'Skins in the second half. Seattle will face the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC Division Playoff Game next Sunday.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III left the game with 6:19 remaining in the fourth quarter after scrambling to recover a bad snap and twisting the same knee that he has worn a brace on since spraining a ligament in Week 14. Backup QB Kirk Cousins could not reclaim the magic that he had brought to the team when he had previously stepped in to replace Griffin during the regular season.
The Redskins did not run a single play in Seahawks territory after the first quarter.
Credit goes to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who finished 15-of-26 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown. Wilson also gained 67 yards rushing on eight carries, including the longest run of his professional career, when he scrambled for a 27-yard gain in the fourth quarter.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch deserved a game ball, as he had 20 carries for 132 yards. Lynch's lone touchdown, a 27-yard run with 7:08 remaining, gave the Seahawks their first lead of the game.
Lynch outperformed his counterpart, Redskins RB Alfred Morris, who was held to 18 carries for 80 yards and no touchdowns. It was the lowest rushing total for Morris since Week 8, when he had 59 yards. Morris did not reach his season average in carries or yards against the Seahawks.
With a 14-0 lead, the Redskins seemed to be in position to carry the momentum from the first two scoring drives, but they weren't able to do much more on offense for the remainder of the game. The two touchdown drives accounted for 134 of Washington's 203 total yards.
Griffin completed only 10 passes for 84 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, his lowest passing yardage total of his professional career. His previous low came in Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys, when he had 100 passing yards.
Cousins only played in the last two 'Skins drives, a total of 11 plays, and accounted for 31 yards passing on three completions.
The Redskins' top receiver on Sunday was Pierre Garcon, who had four catches for 50 yards, his second-lowest of the year. Garcon led all receivers in Week 17 against the Cowboys with 46 yards.
Washington also finished the game with more turnovers than its opponent, which occurred only twice in the regular season—Week 7 and Week 13, both against the New York Giants.
Despite the loss to the Seahawks, who have now ended the Redskins' season in their last three playoff appearances, Washington has much to be thankful for, as the team finished the regular season with seven straight wins and won the NFC East title.
The nature and severity of Griffin's injury will not be revealed until team doctors can make a full assessment and determine what further medical procedures will be necessary, if any. Unfortunately, the team has plenty of time to rest and heal any injuries, as its season ends with a disappointing loss.
Much can be said for the team, the fans and the success enjoyed during the Redskins' seven-game win streak—most importantly, the wins over NFC East rivals Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. The team has room for improvement, and after an all-too-short trip to the playoffs, the fans should have much to look forward to next season.
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