Best and worst of Redskins-Seahawks series

Best and worst of Redskins-Seahawks series
January 2, 2013, 11:30 am
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A look at the history between the Redskins and Seahawks:

The first time

Redskins 31, Seahawks 7 
Sept. 19, 1976

RFK Stadium—The expansion Seahawks, playing just their second game, were no match for the seasoned Redskins. Mike Thomas, who rushed 27 times for 143 yards, scored on a five-yard run in the first quarter. Billy Kilmer threw touchdown passes to Jean Fugett and Thomas to give the Redskins a 24-0 lead in the third quarter and the home team coasted from there.

First-year quarterback Jim Zorn was shaky for the Seahawks as he completed just nine of 20 passes with two interceptions.

The last time

Redskins 23, Seahawks 17
November 27, 2011

CenturyLink Field—It looked like the Seahawks were going to cruise at home after Golden Tate caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tavaris Jackson early in the fourth quarter to put Seattle up 17-7. The Redskins had not been able to get much going offensively since Rex Grossman threw a two-yard TD pass to Fred Davis in the first quarter.

But after the Tate TD the Redskins offense came to life. Roy Helu Jr. capped one drive by hurdling over a hapless Seahawk defender en route to a 28-yard run to the end zone. On their next drive it was third and 19 from midfield but Grossman heaved the ball into the end zone and Anthony Armstrong jumped and beat 6-4 cornerback Joey Browner to the ball at its highest point. The TD made it 20-17 and the Redskins defense shut the door after that.

The best time

Redskins 20, Seahawks 17 (OT)
October 2, 2005

FedEx Field—The Redskins jumped to a 14-3 second-quarter lead on the strength of two short Mark Brunell touchdown passes but the Seahawks came storming back. Shaun Alexander scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter and a six-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Darrell Jackson tied it up at 17 with 1:27 left to play.

The Redskins almost blew it in regulation as Mark Brunell threw an interception at the Washington 33. But Josh Brown missed a 47-yard field goal on the last play of regulation and it went into overtime.

Washington got the overtime kickoff and drove into Seattle territory. Brunell his Santana Moss over the middle and a few nifty moves later Moss was at the Seattle 15. Two plays later Nick Novak kicked a 39-yard field goal to win it.

The worst time

Seahawks 35, Redskins 14
NFC Wild Card Playoffs
January 5, 2008

Qwest Field—The Redskins trailed 13-0 going into the fourth quarter and it looked like they were done. But suddenly Todd Collins hit Antwaan Randle El and Santana Moss with touchdown passes and all of a sudden it was 14-13. And then the Redskins got a huge break when no Seahawk was interested in fielding the ensuing kickoff. Anthony Mix grabbed the loose ball and the Redskins were in business at the Seattle 14.

But it was all downhill after that. The Redskins couldn’t move and Shaun Suisham missed a 30-yard field goal attempt. Seattle drove to another touchdown and then turned it into a rout with two interception returns for TD’s.

It turned out to be Joe Gibbs’ last game as coach of the Redskins.

Series capsule

—Redskins lead series 11-6 (Redskins 11-4 regular season, Seahawks 2-0 postseason)

—Redskins 5-3 vs. Seahawks in Washington, all regular season games.

—Redskins’ last win November 27, 2011 23-17 @ Seattle

—Seahawks’ last win Jan 5, 2009 35-14 @ Seattle (NFC Divisional playoffs)