SEATTLE Any thought the 3-7 Redskins and 4-6 Seahawks would be going through the motions Sunday were erased during, of all things, the coin toss.
What it produced was a first half full of trash talking, taunting, hitting and jousting before things settled down in the Redskins 23-17 win over Seattle to break a six-game losing streak.
The chaos started when the Redskins took the team and gathered at midfield, which happens to feature the Seahawks logo. A few players, chiefly left tackle Trent Williams and right tackle Jammal Brown, lingered as Seattle took the field. Williams jawed with kick returner Leon Washington.
During the coin toss, words were exchanged about Logo Gate, the Redskins participants being Williams, London Fletcher and DeAngelo Hall.
The guy said something about us stepping on his Seahawk but everywhere we go, we always break down there, Hall said. It wasnt anything disrespectful or personal. He said something about how we were going to pay. It kind of escalated a little bit from there.
Said Fletcher: It got a little chippy out there. It happens. I dont think thats the first time Ive witnessed that.
When the game started, Earl Thomas got away with a penalty when he hit a defenseless Santana Moss, Fred Davis was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for spinning the football near a Seattle player and Seahawks right tackle Breno Giacomini was flagged 15 yards for taking a run at Stephen Bowen.
Heck, even the mild-mannered Ryan Kerrigan was involved in a skirmish with Seattles Golden Tate.
They were taking a lot of cheap shots, Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker said. The one time, Giacomini had a 10-yard head start and just hit the pile. You cant take that. It was pretty intense.
The chirping continued during television timeouts, Williams pointing his finger at the Seahawks huddle and Moss having several animating conversations.
Im not going to go out there with all that mouthing; Id rather let my actions show, Moss said. But when you have a guy who keeps mouthing and a team that keeps mouthing, you have to compose yourself. There was too much going on so we had to give a little gibberish back.
The teams had a combined 19 penalties for 206 yards. The Redskins tied a season high with 10 penalties and their 115 yards was the most this year.
Thats where you have to keep your poise, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. Im not sure how it started or what happened with the coin flip. I asked London and he said the conversation got a little out of hand. You have to keep your poise and keep away from the verbal confrontations because you lose focus.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll blamed the Redskins for instigating the coin flip debacle.
It came from them, he said. I dont know why they were doing it. They were very vocal.
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