The first playoff game at FedExField since 1999 is underway.
The Washington Redskins (10-6) are playing host to the Seattle Seahawks (11-5) in the NFC Wild Card round game here in Landover, Md., and it’s been all Redskins.
After the first quarter, Washington leads Seattle, 14-0.
The Redskins won the coin toss and elected to receive, which tight end Niles Paul took to the Washington 20-yard line.
The Redskins went to a familiar face on their first play of the game — a toss for nine yards to running back Alfred Morris, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week after his 200-yard, three-touchdown performance vs. the Dallas Cowboys. They had their first first down of the game a play later with a nine-yard screen pass to Pierre Garcon.
The crowd held its breath a couple plays later when quarterback Robert Griffin III took off on the read-option and was tackled after a three-yard gain and a first down. Griffin III — playing with a brace on his right knee — was OK and completed a 30-yard pass to Garcon, who ran a tremendous comeback route to get wide open. That play was followed up by an 18-yard run by Morris to the Seattle three-yard line. Three plays later, the Redskins faced a 3rd and Goal from the 4-yard line when Griffin III dropped back and threw a dart to running back Evan Royster in the end zone, who came down with his first touchdown reception of his career.
It capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive that took 5:03 off the clock. Washington moved the ball with relative ease against Seattle, which ended the 2012 season as the No. 1-ranked scoring defense in the NFL.
The Seahawks and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson began their first drive from their own 28-yard line. With the FedExField crowd at a deafening level, Russell attempted the home run straight off the bat. His bomb to wide receiver Doug Baldwin was way overthrown, however. Two plays later, Seattle faced a 3rd and 2 from their 36 when Wilson was flushed out of the pocket by defensive end Stephen Bowen and middle linebacker London Fletcher, who each earned a sack and a loss of 10.
What an opening statement for the Redskins, who drove down the field on the Seahawks’ tough defense and then contained the shifty rookie Wilson and forced him into a three-and-out.
The Redskins faced a 3rd and 3 from their own 47 on the ensuing drive when Griffin III delivered out of the pocket again, this time with a 10-yard completion to wide receiver Santana Moss, as they built another drive deep into Seahawks territory. Washington got into the red zone with a six-yard run by Morris to the 15-yard line and faced a 3rd and 1 from that point. They converted with an 11-yard completion to tight end Logan Paulsen, who barreled his way through linebacker Malcolm Smith for a few extra yards to the 4-yard line..
Three plays later, the Redskins faced a 3rd and Goal from the 4-yard line for the second straight drive. The result was the same, this time a four-yard touchdown completion to a wide-open Paulsen, the highlight of an 11-play, 54-yard drive that took 5:58 off the clock.
Washington kept the pressure on Wilson on their ensuing drive. On the second play, middle linebacker Perry Riley earned the sack for a loss of six. But the Seahawks responded with a nice 12-yard pass to tight end Zach Miller to convert their first first down of the game, ending the first quarter.
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