Feelings took a dramatic and sudden turn in the greater Washington D.C. area on Sunday, as a bad snap sent Robert Griffin III scrambling to recover the ball back near his own goal line. Things went from bad to worse when the rookie quarterback's knee buckled and he laid motionless on the field.
In that one moment, defeat in the Wild Card Round was an almost certainty, and the entire future of the franchise appeared in doubt as Griffin struggled to get up. What a terrible play for the Redskins and their fans.
Replays of the play surely did nothing to help ease anxiety. As I'm sure you'll notice, Griffin's knee buckles in a way that made my knee hurt from just watching it.
The Seahawks went on to win the game, 24-14. But there was a silver lining for the 'Skins: Griffin was moving around on his own power, and he stayed on the sideline.
So, at least Redskins fans can take some solace in that as they enter the offseason.
While that moment was the unavoidable turning point on Sunday for the Redskins, the reality is that this terrible turn of events was just the result of the way things were going.
The Redskins looked fantastic while opening up an early 14-0 lead. But just before Washington posted its second touchdown, Griffin tweaked the right knee injury that he had been nursing since it occurred against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.
Down two touchdowns, the Seahawks offense started to move the ball, and the Seattle defense began to clamp down on a hampered Griffin.
Griffin was noticeably limping on the field, and the quarterback run was no longer a viable option for the 'Skins. The Redskins offense came to a standstill, and it is fair to question if head coach Mike Shanahan should have pulled Griffin before his final play.