This afternoon at sold out FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, the Seattle Seahawks beat a broken down Robert Griffin III and his Washington Redskins 24-14 to win their first road playoff game in nine tries. The win advances Seattle to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.
RGIII, the dynamic rookie quarterback from Baylor re-injured his right knee in the first half and felt it collapse under him with just under six minutes left in the game. Without his running ability the Redskins offense, that was so promising early, was unable to move the ball. Over the course of the game a 14-0 Redskins lead was whittled away, first to nothing and then reversed to a Seahawks victory.
Russell Wilson, Seattle's own standout rookie quarterback, was as effective as he needed to be in leading the Seahawks to the road win. He finished the day 15/26 for 187 yards with a touchdown pass to fullback Michael Robinson for the Seahawks' first touchdown.
The unquestioned offensive star for the Hawks was Marshawn Lynch. He gained 132 yards on 20 carries, good for almost eight yards per try. He also scored a touchdown with a 27 yard gallop midway through the fourth quarter.
Defensively, the Seahawks held rookie running back Alfred Morris pretty well in check. He gained 80 yards on the day but was unable to break loose as he needed to do with Griffin moving on one leg. The Hawks outgained the Skins by a 2/1 margin in their convincing ten point victory.
Next up for the Seahawks is a trip to the Georgia Dome and a divisional playoff game against the top seeded Atlanta Falcons. This Seahawks team is on fire and full of belief. The Falcons will look to quench the flame next Sunday at 10:00 a.m. P.S.T.