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.
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