It looked for awhile Sunday like it would be Russell Wilson and the Seahawks whose playoff ride would be ending in RFK.
Instead, playing behind a solid defensive effort and the offense or Wilson and RB Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks won their first road playoff game since 1983, topping Robert Griffin III and the Redskins 24-14.
The Redskins led 14-0 in the first quarter, and appeared to be rolling, but the Seahawks suddenly got a turnover, and then turned up the heat on offense, and once they took the lead on a Lynch TD run, it was apparent they would be heading to round two.
The Seahawks will play in Atlanta Sunday against the first seeded Falcons. Seattle has now won six in a row.
Lynch’s 27-yard touchdown run with 7:08 remaining and a 2-point conversion to TE Zach Miller gave the Seahawks a 21-14 lead, and the play that essentially put the outcome to rest came shortly afterward.
On the second play of the Redskins’ next possession, Griffin’s heavily braced right knee buckled badly as he tried to field a bad shotgun snap on a second-and-22 at Washington’s 12-yard line. He lay on the ground, unable to recover the ball as the Seahawks pounced on it.
They got a field goal to make it 24-14, and the defense made sure it stood after RGIII was deemed out for the remainder, bringing in backup Kirk Cousins, who was unable to produce the magic for any type of comeback.
Griffin finished 10 for 19 for 84 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also had five carries for 21 yards.
Lynch ran for 131 yards, and Wilson completed 15 of 26 passes for 187 yards and ran eight times for 67 yards for the Seahawks, who overcame a 14-0 first-quarter hole — their biggest deficit of the season.