The final game at FedExField in 2012 is down to its final 15 minutes.
After three quarters, the Washington Redskins lead the Seattle Seahawks, 14-13, in today’s NFC Wild Card round battle.
The winner advances to Atlanta, where they will play the top-seeded Falcons in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Seattle got things rolling on their first drive of the half. They got all the way to the Washington 35, where they converted a 3rd and 1 around the 13-minute mark with a three-yard run by fullback Michael Robinson.
On the next play, quarterback Russell Wilson delivered a quality throw to the left sideline to Golden Tate, who got both feet down for the 10-yard completion. That was followed up by a 15-yard run by Marshawn Lynch to the two-yard line.
But two plays later, nose tackle Barry Cofield forced a fumble on a Lynch carry, which was recovered by defensive end Jarvis Jenkins at the Washington 3-yard line. It was a great play by Cofield, who put his hat on the ball and forced the fumble.
The Redskins’ offense took the field with Robert Griffin III under center. Griffin III — who was limping in the first half — was undoubtedly given a good lookover during halftime to determine what he’s capable of.
And, after converting a couple first downs, Washington was unable to keep it going at its own 26 and was forced to punt.
The Seahawks, again, got on the Redskins’ side of the 50 on their ensuing drive. But they faced a 3rd and 9 from Washington 48-yard line when Wilson, lined up in the shotgun, took the snap and was sacked by cornerback Josh Wilson for a loss of nine yards, who made a big play against his former team.
Washington was pinned back to its own 6-yard line after the ensuing punt and a holding penalty on linebacker Bryan Kehl. The drive didn’t start off on a good note, as Griffin III was unable to find a receiver and was sacked for a loss of four yards to the Washington 2-yard line. An eight-yard completion to Garcon two plays later wasn’t enough to convert the first down, however. Punter Sav Rocca booted a 53-yard punt — in the air — to give the ball back to the Seahawks at their own 36-yard line.
It’s got to be frustrating for the Redskins defense to keep coming up with big plays and see the offense struggle like it is. This certainly isn’t the same Washington offense that ripped off two quick touchdowns to begin the game.
We’ll see what Kyle Shanahan, Griffin III and the Redskins offense have whipped up for the fourth quarter, however.
CHIME IN: What are your thoughts from the third quarter of action today? Feel free to comment below.
Tags: 2012 postseason, Seattle Seahawks, washington redskins
Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »