(Washington Redskins’ Michael Westbrook (82) celebrates his touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter as back judge Bob Lawing (17) signals a touchdown Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, at FedExField in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 27-14. [AP photo])
The Redskins have played the Seahawks 17 times in the regular season and postseason combined. Washington is 5-3 in home games against Seattle, with all eight meetings having come during regular-season play.
The Seahawks formed as an NFL expansion franchise in 1976. They’ve won one conference championship (2005), seven division championships and have had 11 playoff appearances overall. Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is located about 12 miles northwest of the team’s training facility in Renton, Was.
The Redskins won the first-ever matchup between the two teams, 31-7, on Sept. 19, 1976, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. In that game, Washington scored the first 24 points before Seattle finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. The Redskins had 273 rushing yards that day, led by 143 yards and a touchdown by Mike Thomas.
Seattle quarterback Jim Zorn completed just 9-of-20 passes for 128 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions – both by Jake Scott – while his counterpart, Billy Kilmer, threw for 184 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
The largest Redskins victory in the series was a 29-0 game Dec. 23, 1989, at the Kingdome in Seattle. The Redskins won with offense, defense and special teams — they got started with a Chip Lohmiller 29-yard field goal (he had two on the day); had 456 total yards of offense that afternoon; and the Washington defense forced a safety and limited Seattle to just 25 rushing yards and 201 total yards overall.
The Redskins and Seahawks have met twice in the playoffs, with Seattle claiming wins on both occasions. In 2005, the Seahawks avenged a 20-17 Redskins win earlier in the year with a 20-10 victory in an NFC Divisional Round game in Seattle. The Seahawks advanced to Super Bowl XL, where they lost 21-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In 2007, the Seahawks defeated the Redskins 35-14 in an NFC Wild Card Round game in Seattle. The Seahawks took a 13-0 lead into the fourth quarter when the Redskins made things interesting with 14 points of their own to take the lead with 12:38 left in the game. But Seattle responded with three late touchdowns – two of which on interception returns – to earn the victory.
The last matchup against the Seahawks saw a 23-17 Redskins victory on Nov. 27, 2011. The teams took a slow back-and-forth approach, leading to a 10-7 Seahawks lead going into the fourth quarter. That was when Washington scored 16 points and held off the Seahawks for the win.
Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman completed 26-of-35 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while running back Roy Helu Jr. ran 23 times for 108 yards and a touchdown.
The Redskins lead the overall series vs. the Seahawks 11-6.
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