RG3's message to the fans
Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks pulled ahead of the Redskins midway through the fourth quarter, and the visitors held on for a 24-14 victory at FedEx Field in the opening round of the playoffs.
Lynch sprinted 27 yards to the end zone for the decisive score – with quarterback Russell Wilson leading the way. Wilson connected with tight end Zach Miller to put the Seahawks ahead, 21-14, moments later.
Then controversy struck.
Robert Griffin III, hobbled by a bad right knee and limping since the first half, was sacked for a loss of 12 yards. A play later, Griffin reached for low snap, forcing his knee to bend awkwardly. He also lost the ball, which was recovered at the six-yard line by Clinton McDonald.
Four plays later, Steven Hauschka booted a 22-yard field goal moments later to put the Seahawks ahead, 24-14, with 5:32 left to play. Hauschka’s third field goal of the afternoon essentially put the game out of the Redskins’ reach.
Griffin, who did not return to the game because of the injury, finished 10 of 19 passing for a career low 84 yards. He also was limited to 21 yards on five carries and committed two turnovers.
The Redskins have now been eliminated by the Seahawks in each of their last three trips to the postseason – in the wild card round in 2007 and divisional round 2005.
It was a startling conclusion for the Redskins, who had won seven straight games and took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on four-yard touchdown receptions by Evan Royster and Logan Paulsen.
But Wilson and the Seahawks regrouped, dominated the second quarter, trimming their deficit to 14-13 by halftime.
The Redskins’ defense held onto the lead for as long as it could. But it could contain Wilson (15 of 26 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown) and Lynch (19 carries for 131 yards and a score) for only so long.
And with Griffin severely limited in what he could do, there would be no comeback – just an slow, somber stream of fans to the exits in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter.