Sunday, March 9, 2014
By JOSEPH WHITE The Associated Press
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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch plows through several Washington defenders to score the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, lifting Seattle to a 24-14 playoff victory.
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Robert Griffin III’s right leg bends awkwardly as he tries to scoop up an errant snap in the fourth quarter. Griffin left the game and didn’t return.
NFL PLAYOFFS – ROUND 2
AFC: Baltimore at Denver, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
NFC: Green Bay at San Francisco, 8 p.m. (FOX)
NFC: Seattle at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)
AFC: Houston at NEW ENGLAND, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Steven Hauschka, who injured his left calf during the first half and had to relinquish kickoff duties, nevertheless sandwiched field goals of 32 and 29 yards around a 4-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Michael Robinson. Wilson fumbled on the TD drive, but the ball was fortuitously scooped up by Lynch, who ran for a 19-yard gain.
The Seahawks controlled the second half, but then it was Lynch's turn to fumble -- at Washington's 1-yard line. The Redskins recovered, and the Seahawks had another drive get to Washington's 28 before a sack forced a punt rather than a long field-goal attempt by an injured kicker.
But the Seahawks kept coming. Wilson led the way for two big change-of-direction runs by Lynch, the second one a 27-yard scoring run with 7:08 remaining.
A 2-point conversion gave the Seahawks a 21-14 lead, and then came the moment that essentially put the outcome to rest.
On the second play of the Redskins' next possession, Griffin's knee bent the wrong way on a second-and-22 at the Washington 12. He lay on the ground as the Seahawks pounced on the ball.
Griffin walked off the field under his own power, but he was done for the night. By the end of the game, he was sitting alone on the bench, his brace discarded on a bench next to him.
With good field position, the Seahawks kicked a short field goal to give them the insurance they needed. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins, subbing for Griffin, was unable to rally the Redskins in the final minutes.
"Despite the fact that we have a 'nobody' team," Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said, "a team not full of first-rounders and things like that, we have a lot of guys that play at a high level."
NOTES: Defensive end Chris Clemons, Seattle's best pass rusher, hurt his left knee in the third quarter and did not return. He will undergo an MRI. "We're concerned about it," Carroll said. ... Redskins guard Kory Lichtensteiger reinjured his sprained left ankle in the first quarter. ... The playoff meeting between the two teams was the third overall, but the first outside Seattle. The Seahawks won 20-10 in January 2006 and 35-14 in January 2008. Those were the last two postseason games played by the Redskins. ... Redskins tackle Trent Williams shoved Sherman in the face as the teams met on the field after the final whistle. "It was a dirty move by Trent Williams," Sherman said. "I can understand why he's frustrated; it's the end of their season." Williams took responsibility and said he acted in an "immature manner." Later, Sherman tweeted that he received "a very classy text" message from Williams and there's "no ill will either way."
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Sidney Rice of the Seahawks makes a catch against Washington’s Cedric Griffin. Seattle snapped an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs and advanced to face Atlanta in an NFC divisional playoff game Sunday.