Lynch, Wilson help end Redskins' season

Lynch, Wilson help end Redskins' season
January 6, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Shanahan: RGIII wanted to stay in after first quarter injury

In summary: Whether Robert Griffin III should have remained in the game after aggravating an injury to his right knee will be debated for days, and perhaps a lot longer.

But in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s 24-14 playoff loss to the Seahawks, there’s a more pressing matter: just how badly is Griffin’s knee injured?

Griffin and Coach Mike Shanahan both sounded concerned about the possibility that he suffered additional damage at FedEx Field. 

“Robert will have [an] MRI,” Shanahan said. “We always check that out to see how serious it is.”

Griffin was originally hurt in the first quarter when he attempted to throw the ball back across his body while scrambling. His knee buckled as he lost his balance and Griffin hobbled back to the huddle. He was never the same.

“I just planted it wrong,” Griffin said. “My knee buckled and it scare me a little bit. So I went to the sidelined and got a tape job done on the knee. It was fine after that, until the very end of the game. 

Following the defeat, as many of his teammates dressed and packed up their lockers, Griffin sat alone at his stall, staring blankly straight ahead. Several minutes later, he walked slowly to the interview room but did not appear to be wearing a heavy-duty brace.

“When it comes to the impact of the injury, I’m not sure what it is,” Griffin said. “We’ll figure that out here in the next few days.”

Asked if he’s worried that he did damage to his ACL, he said: “Honestly, it’s up in the air for me right now. Coming off the field, I though it was just the same [LCL injury]. No matter what it is, our season is over right now and I’ve got to make sure that I get back healthy.”

The injury would seem to at least raise questions about his availability for the Pro Bowl later this month. The next scheduled on-field team activities aren’t until mid-May. 

For Rich Tandler’s take on the situation, click here. For more on the game, click here. For an update on Griffin’s knee, stayed tuned to There’s an open locker room scheduled for 9 a.m. at Redskins Park and Shanahan will address reporters at 3 p.m.

Turning point: Griffin’s fourth quarter fumble. Trailing 21-14, Griffin attempted to scoop up a low snap when his gimpy knee buckled again, bending awkwardly. He fumbled the ball and Clinton McDonald fell on it with 6:19 left to play. Four plays later, Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka booted a 22-yard field goal to, in effect, seal the victory. 

Offensive play of the game: The Seahawks were trailing 14-3 in the second quarter when Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch bungled a handoff. As Wilson dived after the ball, Lynch swooped in, picked it up with his right hand and gained 20 yards, taking the ball to the Redskins’ 36-yard line. Five plays after that, Wilson hit Michael Robinson for a four-yard touchdown that pulled Seattle to within 14-10.

“That was big time,” Wilson said of Lynch’s heads up play. “It was one of the biggest plays of the game.”

Defensive play of the game: The Seahawks were on the two-yard line when Lynch attempted to plow through the line of scrimmage for a touchdown in the third quarter. But when he reached the point of contact, London Fletcher and Barry Cofield were waiting. The ball was dislodged and Jarvis Jenkins fell on it, ending a once-promising looking drive.

Special teams play of the game: In the fourth quarter, the Redskins were clinging to a 14-13 lead when punter Sav Rocca lined up near the goal line. He delivered a booming 53-yard punt that put the Seahawks at their own 37-yard line. Seattle went 3-and-out on the ensuing drive.

Game ball: Lynch gets it. In addition to the fumble he advanced 20 yards, the Seahawks’ star running back had runs of 27 (for a touchdown), 26 and 18. Lynch finished the game with 132 yards on 20 carries (6.6 yard average).

Injury report: In addition to Griffin’s injury, there were two others of note: Starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger left the game in the first quarter after aggravating the ankle sprain he suffered against the Cowboys. “I didn’t have the strength in there that I thought I did,” he said. “I guess you can’t simulate game speed” in warmups. Lichtensteiger was replaced by rookie Josh LeRibeus.

…Pierre Garçon said his shoulder “popped out and popped back in again” during the third quarter, seriously limiting the team’s top deep threat. Garçon, who said he hurt himself blocking, finished with four receptions for 50 yards, but only 11 of those yards came in the second half.

Quote of the day: RG3 on the sloppy field conditions at FedEx: “It’s just part of our home field advantage.”

Quote of the day, No. 2: Trent Williams on the big picture: “We have a really talented team. Injuries just kind of hurt us throughout the season. We lost Pro Bowl caliber guys, franchise caliber guys. Next time hopefully, we can be a little healthier and take it deeper in the playoffs.”

By the numbers:  The Seahawks’ 224 yards on the ground marked the most the Redskins had allowed all season. The Ravens’ 186 had been the previous high. 

By the numbers, No. 2:  The Redskins’ two turnovers – Griffin’s interception and fumble – marked the first time in 10 games the team had multiple turnovers. Against the Giants on Oct. 21, they had four.