Sunday, January 13, 2013

Redskins fall to Seahawks, Cinderella season ends

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Redskins Correspondent

Robert Griffin III waits to be introduced
for the final time this season.
Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy/LTM CCS
LANDOVER, MD - (1/6/13) The Washington Redskins magical tale of two seasons came to an abrupt halt Sunday night in Landover as the Seattle Seahawks ended the Redskins season with a 24-14 loss before another sellout crowd.

The attendance (84,435) represented the largest crowd to see a Redskins postseason home game team history, surpassing the previous record of 79,411 from Jan. 8, 2000 (NFC Wild Card Round vs. Detroit). It was the third biggest crowd to see a Redskins playoff game at any location, trailing only Super Bowl XVII (103,667 in Pasadena, Calif.) and Super Bowl VII (90,182 in Los Angeles).
Quarterback Robert Griffin III left the game late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury that hampered him since the Baltimore Ravens game.

“We’re all proud of the season that we had."Griffin said,  "There’s nobody in the locker room that’s really excited about today, just the whole thing. But when it comes back, we’ll look back on the season. We won seven straight games, finished 10-6 and won our division. That part of it was awesome. We know the future is very bright. I also know what I need to work on in the offseason. Part of that is just getting healthy. The sky’s the limit for this team with the talent that we have and the guys that we’re going to get back. It’s just truly exciting, even though today is a very dim day.”

The Redskins jumped out to an early 14-0 lead with Griffin thowing a pair of 4 yard touchdown passes. The first to Evan Royster and then to Logan Paulsen. The Redskins scoring was over for the game and the next 24 points belonged to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

“It just shows the character of this team."Royster said. "People counted us out when we were 3-6. We came back and said we were going to win our next seven games and that’s what we did.”

London Fletcher leaves the field for
possibly the last time.
photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy  LTM/CCS
The Redskins defense slowed down late in the game due to being on the field a majority of the second half.
“We definitely were on the field a long time."Redskins captain London Fletcher said,  "We knew it was going to be a 60-minute fight. But you have to maintain integrity for 60 minutes. Guys just have to dig down deeper within themselves and go to a level that you didn’t think you could go to when you’re playing that type of ballgame. We were on the field a long time but guys were still fighting at the end.”

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Team      Qtr Time   Play Description                                   (Extra Point)            (Drive Info)       Visitor  Home
Redskins   1 9:57    E.Royster 4 yd. pass from R.Griffin    (K.Forbath kick)      (9-80, 5:03)           0        7
Redskins   1 2:26    L.Paulsen 4 yd. pass from R.Griffin    (K.Forbath kick)      (11-54, 5:58)         0      14

Seahawks 2 12:05  S.Hauschka 32 yd. Field Goal                                               (12-66, 5:21)          3      14
Seahawks 2 4:38    M.Robinson 4 yd. pass from R.Wilson (S.Hauschka kick) (8-73, 5:08)          10      14
Seahawks 2 0:00    S.Hauschka 29 yd. Field Goal                                                (10-63, 3:36)       13      14
Seahawks 4 7:08    M.Lynch 27 yd. run                      (R.Wilson-Z.Miller pass) (8-79, 3:45)          21      14
Seahawks 4 5:32    S.Hauschka 22 yd. Field Goal                                                (4-1, 0:47)            24      14

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