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#SEAvsWAS: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on January 6, 2013 – 7:33 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

This magical Washington Redskins 2012 season has come to an end.

The Seattle Seahawks came back to defeat the Redskins, 24-14, today at FedExField in the NFC Wild Card round to advance to next weekend’s Divisional Round matchup against the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons.

With their quarterback noticably hobbled by a knee injury since midway through the first quarter, Washington was unable to hold off the furious Seattle comeback, which resulted in 24 unanswered points..

Seattle took the lead for the first time in the game on a 27-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch with 7:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. After the two-point converstion — a pass from Russell Wilson to tight end Zach Miller — they led 21-14, and they didn’t look back.

Things got even worse for the Redskins on the ensuing drive.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III, who suffered a sprained LCL in his right knee Week 14 vs. the Baltimore Ravens, was unable to field a low snap and his knee buckled as he went down. The fumbled snap, meanwhile, was recovered by the Seahawks at the Washington 5-yard line.

The Washington defense responded by holding Seattle to a field goal to extend their lead to 24-14, but the attention was still on Griffin III — the first Redskins rookie quarterback ever voted to the Pro Bowl.

Though he walked off the field on his own power after being attended to by the team’s medical staff, Griffin III wouldn’t return to the game. He was relieved by fellow rookie Kirk Cousins, who led the Redskins to an overtime victory against the Ravens and then against the Cleveland Browns the following week.

The Seahawks responded by pressuring Cousins on his first drive — and it worked. On 4th and 14, Cousins was unable to find an open receiver with just more than four minutes remaining in the game. Back in Washington territory at the 41-yard line, Seattle converted a six-yard pass on 4th and 1, and even though the defense held up on another fourth down with 1:08 left in the game, Cousins and company was unable to get the magic back.

There’s no doubt this one stings for the Redskins players, coaches and fans.

Sooner or later, however, thoughts of disappointment from tonight’s game will, by most, be converted to pride for how this team turned things around after their Bye Week.

Up against the wall after losing to the Carolina Panthers to fall to 3-6, the Redskins answered the call week after week.

Their seven-game winning streak to win their first NFC East title since 1999 will not soon be forgotten in these parts.

CHIME IN: What are YOUR thoughts from today’s game? Feel free to comment below.

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38 Responses to “#SEAvsWAS: Fourth Quarter Conclusions”

  1. By blu2u on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    This is typical redskins of the past years since last playoff win. Score and sit, bad decisions by coaches with injured quarter back being left in too long. As soon as it looks bad, fight us detained from players! Sad sad sad day. RGIII shouldn’t have played. No excuses, skins will go back to same old skins from here on our. I have been a skins fan since1970. Never changes!

  2. By kentman on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    should have pulled Griffin at half time!

  3. By Anne M on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Why the heck did they let RGIII play after the injury…do this to be his first and last season? What a waste that would be! And, you lost the game, anyway!! Shame on Shanahan; bad decision.

    And, what happened to the Refs…seemed a little “one way”…

  4. By akacraney on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    OH! I forgot, the blog is yours Turd..

  5. By Ken Marzin on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    hail to the ???

  6. By Wendy on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Tough loss! Wonder what the result would have been if RG 3 was healthy. This one hurts, but I am so proud of how my team turned the season around. Plus, we got to make Romo cry twice!;)

  7. By Rdskngirl Ohio on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Love my Redskins! Great season! They should all be proud!! Hoping everyone has a quick recovery from all the injuries and bruises!

  8. By Brian on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    3 times in a row they lose to Seattle in the playoffs, the only Home team to lose this weekend…24 Unanswered points.. RG3 is hurt AGAIN. Cousins rookie status finally comes back to haunt them. This team has to look at the RG3 injury deal. Rookie year and he is hurt this many times ? Defense…. hmmm. Well, I guess we should be happy they made the playoffs right ? Yea right.. I’m telling you these running QBs don’t work out eventually. We will see next year if they can keep RG3 healthy for 8 games I’ll be surprised.

  9. By Brian's brain on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    His big injury came without contact in the pocket, did you even watch the game?

  10. By angusdude on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Mike Shanahan should be ashamed of himself for what he did to Robert Griffin today. His career may be over after being abused by Shanahan. Of course, RG wants to play but the coach is in charge and knows what must be done and that is not to permanently injure his rookie star and possibly end his career. This loss is solely on coaching and I’m disgusted at what they did to RG. Shanahan has to insist that RG sit and Cousins go in. If he is so lame as to let his injured player decide whether he plays when everyone in the stadium and on TV can see what’s going on then he needs to get out and he needs to apologize to RG and the rest of the players and the fans. I’m disgusted by what I witnessed and feel very badly for RG

  11. By Fred Bailard on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry to see you lose, as a die hard fan of the NFL I can not believe RG was in the game and should have definitely been taken out after the first half. How sad that coaching left him in, what a great young talent and hope he will heal properly. Putting such a talented young player such as this in jeopardy leads one to wonder whether Shanahan should be fired.

    From one that loves football in addition to my team. Oh yeah a die hard 49er fan since 1955.

  12. By Billy Barrell on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I have upmost pride and respect for the players. I have none left for the staff and ownership, who would leave a one legged franchise player in the game. I have seen some wild things in my 42 years as a Skins fan, but this one disgusted me. When it was clear RGIII could not play up to 50% (2 nd Q) he should have been watching next to Shanihan. This is lower than the Norv Turner days, and the pre Lombardi Sixties. The franchise is in the hands of lousy stewardship. Someone else can have my place at FedExField: level S section H row I seat T.

  13. By robert griffin the turd on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    SO Griffin lied when he told the media he was 100%. He has 381 yds passing in his last 3 games. That is pathetic. He has shown he cannot be a conventional pocket passer, he needs the threat of the run. He is done, the hype is over. Now we are stuck with him. We will never sniff the playoffs with Griffin at starter again. HE HURT THE TEAM !!! We win today with ROMO at QB. I guess he didn’t want Cousins to take the glory from him.

  14. By tim on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Wow! RG3 already washed up? Take a breath! RG3 has the ability to be a good pocket passer as he proved time and again this year. He has been hurt since the Baltimore game. He looked pretty good to me in the first quarter until he got hurt. Bagging on Cousins? That is painful. How many reps did he get this week? Comes into the game in the 4th in obvious passing downs with no Garcon. He will be a srarter in the league for someone. Is Russell Wilson a pocket passer? Keep it in perspective. Pretty impressive run. The future is bright in DC. Hail to the Redskins!

  15. By dana russo on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ccoaching hurt the Skins tonight, not the defense! I dont care “who” got you there, your a professional coach! You make the best decisions for your team/staff. (that got you there) RG should have been benched after showing how inept he was a running, and throwing the ball. Hmm…no leg strenght, no balance…accuracy rating??? Do the math! Poor Coaching! He should have been pulled.

  16. By dan on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    omg dude really tony the homo get real rg3 is the man be back next year better than ever u need to become real redskins fan

  17. By Jean-Paul on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Wow…Redskins played hard I felt and had a fantastic season, and so far the fans here are ready to rip them a new one. I’m a life long Seahawks fan, but if they had lost today, which it looked like they were gonna at the beginning, I don’t think I would’ve turned on them as hard core as these 1st posters have. Gotta support your team yo. Unless their complete crap like Arizona turned out to be.

  18. By Glenn Darr on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Our defensed sucked today as it has for most of the season. RG3 should have been out of the game when he hurt himself in the 1st quarter. Cousins would have probably done a respectable job. The Redskins shot themselves and in the knee and stuck with RG3. Not too smart!!!
    I am done for the year, too.

  19. By Dave on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Most important to get the big picture truths out of the way:

    1. It was an incredible season with the turnaround from the bye week and the contributions from so many (Garcon, the OL, the improving all-around D led by Fletcher, Forbath, Morris and all the coaches).

    2. RG III is an amazing talent with all the physical and intellectual tools needed to be a superstar. No way the skins even make the game today were it not for him.

    3. Yes, there is indeed much to be proud of. Yes, the future should be bright with much to build on.

    OK, now that that’s all out of the way, can we just be honest?

    – Shanahan lost today’s game. He nearly admitted it in the presser after the game. There’s no reason in the world RGIII should have taken the field after halftime. It was obvious to all the commentators and to most of us fans. Surely it should have been obvious to him. His weak defense that Robert “guaranteed” a win sounded ridiculous. Shanahan’s in charge. He gets paid to make tough decisions. His failure to do so today cost the ‘skins a real chance at winning.

    – RGIII can’t be trusted to decide what’s best for the team when it comes to his own health. And that’s okay. He’s a competitor. He always wants to be in there. Etc, etc, etc. See above. it’s the job of Shanahan and the team docs to make that call. And they didn’t.

    – No two ways about it. Robert playing the 2nd half today hurt the team. He claimed otherwise in an interview with ESPN980 but that was absurd. He couldn’t pass accurately (normally a strength). He couldn’t run, despite getting 9 yards on the one run, which proved nothing. Couldn’t pivot or plant.

    – RG3 needs to improve (significantly) at keeping himself out of harm’s way. Despite what he said shortly after his concussion, he did not improve at this. There’s a reason why Luck and Wilson were healthy all year while Robert seemed so fragile. Robert was and is more reckless. And that will continue to hurt the team while shortening his career if he doesn’t take it seriously and really change. I’m not sure he can or will. But I am sure there will be no Super Bowl for this team if he doesn’t.

    I’m okay with celebrating a great accomplishment this year and being really enthusiastic about the future. But rather than just paying lip service to “learning from our mistakes” as Shanahan and every losing NFL coast claims to do, how about actually doing that? And it starts with acknowledging the reality of the mistakes made handling RGIII’s injury, from the misrepresentations and the shameful delegating critical decisions to the one person least able to make them.

    Don’t let arrogance get in the way of admitting mistakes. Only then can they really be learned from. And only then is the future brighter.

  20. By Ken Marzin on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hail to who??? Go Hawks!

  21. By Hurricanes on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    It was a great run for a team with an injured rookie QB and a team missing 5 starters. We got a whole offseason to heal up and get ready for next year. Yeah I’m disappointed, thought we had the better team, but injuries slowed us down.

    Thank You RG3, without you, a 4-12 season would have been our best shot. You proved to be a leader and one heck of tough player. I look forward to seeing you in action next year.

    So long Redskins Nation, see you all when Free Agency and the Draft start up. HTTR!

  22. By Hurricanes on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Not a bad run for an injured rookie QB and a team that’s missing 5 starters. Yeah I’m a little upset, thought we had the better team, but injuries got in the way and slowed us down.

    Thank You RG3 for everything. Without you this team would have been a 3-13 team at best. You showed you can be a leader and you definitely showed your toughness and will to win games. I look forward to seeing a healthy you again next year.

    So long Nation! It’s time for a little break from football. That is until Free Agency starts up. HTTR!!!

  23. By Taylor on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think the Redskins that went 3-6 showed up today for a pathetic loss. When the secondary is too worried about fighting and talking trash instead of keeping their composure, than they have no reason to be in the playoffs. Maybe one year the redskins will get it right and when on the field when it matters most, they will keep their heads in the game and not act like a bunch of 12 year olds! Pathetic!!!!

  24. By joe on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Am i disappointed that we did not beat Seattle sure. That said I was hoping for a winning season and we got that in spades. I hope RG III is ok and we can look for a bright future. I have heard a lot of talk in recent weeks but mostly from fair weather fans. Be happy of what has been accomplished by a young team and look forward to the next couple of years. HTTR!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. By Jim Chleboun on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    In response to Rober Griffin the turd. How can you say wwa would have won with. romo has won nothing and we beat the Cowboys twice this year. Th Redsinks will get better and will learn from this loss. Thi will taste bad all the way to next fall. Many great quaterbacks took years before winning playoff games. Look at the records of Payten Manning and John Elway before you judge RG on one game.

  26. By Robyn Stultz on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    After the win over Dallas last week, Fans were “Hailing” to a different tune. I want to Congratulate this TEAM on a great season and making the Playoffs. Job well done for turning the season around and going out with a winning record! Lots of work to be done between now and August. Can’t wait for the Regular Season to begin in September!

  27. By Debbie on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Unbelievable season!!!! I am so proud. They have nothing to be upset about. This team played with heart and they all believed. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!!

  28. By joyce lear on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The redskins did a great job getting as far as they did, Love RGIII he’ going to be a great quarterback, However he’s immature he should of took himself out of the game . You could see he wasn’t 100% he should of sat down for the team, and I dont know why the coach couldn’t see it was affecting his play even if he said he was okay sometimes you have to tell young people what’s right for them .

  29. By Carol Siers on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Who is the coach? RG3 or Shanahan. We need a COACH!!!!!!

  30. By Theresa on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you for a great season, I am wearing my division champ T-shirt with pride. Pray RG is going to be ok

  31. By Adam on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I truly think that the coaching staff failed to do their job… They are expected to make the best decision for the players, team, game and franchise. By leaving RG3 in after halftime jeopardized all off those. RG3 has proven himself to be a humble and amazing player (hopefully a frnachise player). By leaving him in the game not only resulted in further injury (hopefully not serious) but also did allow Kirk Cousins the opportunity to win the game. RG3, along with Alfred Morris and the rest of the team have the potential to be a Superbowl team. Why would not protect RG3 and allow Cousins the opportunity to win the game instead of bringing him in with no real chance? It is clear to the fans, why was it not clear to the coaches?

  32. By mudflap on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Shanahan seemed to forget why he gets the big bucks for being the head coach. He is the one who has the final say for what goes on on the field. He definitely left RG3 too long thereby jeopardizing his future in the NFL. Personally I think he should be fired that bonehead move.
    Also Montgomery should be cut for the lousy snaps he made, both to RG3 which really injured and also for the one he made to Cousins that backed them up.
    That said I can only hope and pray that RG3 will recover from his injury and next year lead us back into the playoffs.

  33. By True Skins Fan on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Are you serious. Fire the coach and cut the center? I am so sick of skins fans like you who know nothing about the way the nfl works and probably couldn’t even name half the players on the team. The one thing i hate about this season ia all the “fans” that showed up for the first time in years and don’t know anything. Two or three bad snaps the whole year, in this one game, on the WORST field in the league. Hopefully this game gets all of you bandwagoners to go back to where you’ve been the last 15 years. Good riddance.

  34. By akacraney on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Although I earlier turned the blog over to the Redskin’s best fan of all (The Turd) I felt compelled to blog just one more time after listening to Coach Shanahan’s post game interview. He stated RG3 is to have a MRI on his knee, which is a good start for next years decision making for the coach. Other observation’s need to be taken also. Perhaps a Cat Scan of your head to see why you couldn’t figure out that RG3 wasn’t effective, a eye exam, because you are obviously having problems seeing what was right in front of you. Cousins should have been put in after the half time show you must have been watching instead of looking at the stats and films. Sorry for the rant….I’m not going down easy, keep me in Coach.

  35. By T1---A Seahawk Fan on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Just Wanna Wish RGIII A Healthy And Speedy Recovery. Hope The Injury Is’nt As Bad As It Looked.

  36. By robert griffin the turd on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The entire offseason will be spent on adapting the offense to fit our new STARTER KIRK COUSINS!!!!!. By the time Griffin is healthy enough to play, it will be too late to switch offenses. He was the worst decision in franchise history. Who trades 3 #1 picks and a 2nd rounder for a bum who ALREADY had an ACL injury. I was screaming about this fact in April and no one wanted to address it. Oh well time to get my KC12 jersey!

  37. By Sheryl on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    With all the money the Redskin franchise is raking in you’d think they could spend a little of it insuring their million $$$ players had a decent field to play on. The field was essentially painted dirt!! If RGIII had been healthy at the start of the game he had a good chance of being injured playing on that field!! Come on management ! Even if you don’t give a hoot about your players think about all the money you’ve invested in them !!!!!!

  38. By Reggie Simmons on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Will Montgomery for that bad snap to RG III. YOU caused RG III his injury.

    Coach Shananagins should have taken RG III out of the game after the first quarter.

    RG III was selfish by playing after the first quarter and after he reinjured his knee. He was trying to keep the glory all to himself and not think about the team; and letting his backup play. This is a TEAM game and not a ONE MAN SHOW or a ONE MAN GANG. Those subway commercials are going to his head!

    RG III tried to keep Kirk Cousins from getting the glory, playing, and starting.

    Guess who will be getting the glory, playing, and starting next year at QB?

    RG III, that was a clown move.

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