The Seattle Seahawks finally won a road playoff game Sunday, taking a 24-14 NFC wild-card victory over the Washington Redskins, who lost Robert Griffin III to another knee injury in the fourth quarter.
Marshawn Lynch ran for 131 yards, and Russell Wilson completed 15-of-26 passes for 187 yards and ran eight times for 67 yards for the Seahawks, who broke an eight-game postseason losing streak away from home.
Seattle will visit the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.
Lynch’s 27-yard TD run with 7:08 remaining gave the Seahawks (12-5) the lead. On Washington’s next series, Griffin re-injured the right knee he sprained about a month ago while trying to field a bad shotgun snap.
The knee buckled badly, and the Seahawks recovered the fumble and kicked an insurance field goal.
Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin, but Washington (10-7) was unable to come back.
Scott Boyter’s Take
The Seahawks took advantage of an obviously hobbled RG III like the Cowboys couldn’t last week. With Griffin’s knee being re-injured, the jackals will be out all week tearing Mike Shanahan apart for letting his prized QB continue to play. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. The city of Washington, D.C. will be on pins and needles wonder just how bad RG III’s knee injury turns out to be.
Nobody should sell Seattle short the rest of the way, because they are more than capable of not just beating Atlanta next week, but rolling all the way to New Orleans and the Super Bowl. Falcons/Seahawks is going to be a tough one to pick, because you’ll have one team on a massive roll going up against another on a mission to cleanse the taste of prior playoff failures out of their mouths.