Redskins At Seahawks Review
January 15th, 2006 - Page updated at 8:30am
Analyst For WagerOnFootball.com
GAME BY GAME SUMMARIES - DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
redskins at seahawks REVIEW
Score: seattle 20 - washington 10
- Matt Hasselbeck accounted for
two touchdowns and Seattle was able to prevail in
the NFC divisional round of the playoffs despite losing
league MVP Shaun Alexander to a concussion, as the
Seahawks defeated the Washington Redskins, 20-10,
at Qwest Field.
Hasselbeck completed 16-of-26 passes
for 215 yards with a touchdown while also running
for a score for the top-seeded Seahawks, who won a
playoff game for the first time since December 22,
1984 when they defeated the Los Angeles Raiders in
an AFC wild card game. Seattle had lost its last six
"It was a one game deal here,"
said Hasselbeck. "We were talking about this
game and this game only...I have learned this week
that people dogged the Seahawks because they don't
think there is history, but there is history here."
Alexander left late in the first quarter
after taking an apparent knee to the head during a
run up the middle. He stayed on the ground for several
minutes before leaving the field with the help of
team trainers and did not return to the game.
The Alabama product had only nine rushing
yards on six carries and also fumbled inside the Washington
15- yard line on the first drive of the game.
"Shaun is going to be fine,"
said Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren. "He had
a concussion in the game. There are grades of concussions,
but he should be fine. They are going to run more
tests and we have an extra day of rest. If I showed
him a picture of a truck, he would say it is a truck."
Darrell Jackson caught nine passes
for a Seahawk playoff record 143 yards with a touchdown
for Seattle, which will play in the conference title
contest for the second time in team history.
The Seahawks will host either Chicago
or Carolina in next Sunday's NFC Championship Game,
beginning at 6:30 p.m. (et).
"They are both good teams, well
coached and physical teams," said Holmgren. "Chicago
has a great defense and they are playing in Chicago,
but they are both great teams."
Mark Brunell ended 22-of-37 for 242
yards with a touchdown for the sixth- seeded Redskins,
who had a six-game winning streak snapped dating back
to the regular season. Santana Moss caught seven passes
for 103 yards with a score and Chris Cooley added
85 receiving yards in the loss.
Washington, which was trying to become
the first No. 6 seed ever to advance to the NFC Championship
Game, has not reached the conference title round since
the 1991 season.
Trailing 17-3, the Redskins proved
to be a worthy challenger as they put together a 76-yard
drive that was capped on Brunell's 20-yard TD pass
to Moss with 11:59 to go in the game. On the touchdown,
Brunell was running to his left so he could avoid
a sack, and fired a ball in the end zone that deflected
off two defenders before Moss snagged the ball out
of mid-air. The score, which made it 17-10, was aided
by Cooley's 52-yard catch.
Washington then got another major break
when Josh Scobey fumbled the ensuing kickoff and it
was recovered by Redskins kicker John Hall. Washington,
however, failed to get in the end zone and could not
even capitalize on the turnover as Hall eventually
missed a 36-yard field goal try.
The missed field goal proved to be
detrimental as Seattle drove 60 yards, keyed by 37
rushing yards from Mack Strong, and sealed the win
when Josh Brown booted a 31-yard kick with 2:54 left.
The Seahawks then got the ball back
on downs and ran out the remaining time.
"There is only team after this
is all over that is not frustrated after the season,"
said Brunell. "We are frustrated right now. I
am sick that we lost the game, particularly with the
numbers that we have had these last two games. It
has been difficult."
Seattle drove down the field on its
opening drive, courtesy of a 37-yard pass to Jackson
on 3rd-and-4, but the Seahawks failed to get any points
on the series after Alexander fumbled moments later.
Neither team then generated any semblance
of an offense over the next several minutes as there
were nine straight three-and-outs, which was aided
by Alexander's injury late in the first quarter, but
Washington finally took advantage of a turnover early
in the second quarter to gain some momentum.
After punting for the fifth straight
possession, Seattle return man Jimmy Williams fumbled
the ball deep in his own territory and the Redskins
took over with a short field.
Washington got to the Seahawks seven-yard
line, but failed to punch it in and had to settle
for Hall's 26-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with
8:59 left in the first half.
Seattle, though, finally got on the
scoreboard as it answered with a 12-play, 74-yard
drive, keyed by a trio of third-down conversions,
to take a 7-3 lead late in the second stanza. Hasselbeck
finished the series by hitting Jackson for a 29-yard
touchdown pass over the middle of the field. Jackson
caught three passes for 47 yards on the drive.
The Seahawks increased their margin
to double-digits courtesy of a long scoring drive
early in the third period. Seattle marched 81 yards
in 10 plays and finished the series on Hasselbeck's
six-yard TD scamper. Hasselbeck went 4-of-6 for 54
yards on the drive, as the gap grew to 14-3 with 9:35
remaining in the quarter.
The Redskins then mounted a long drive,
but elected to go for it on 4th-and-13 from their
opponent's 33-yard line, rather then try the long
field goal, and the move backfired when Brunell was
On the ensuing series, the Seahawks
countered with a six-play drive that bridged the third
and fourth quarters. Brown eventually capped the drive
with a 33-yard field goal to widen the lead to 17-3
with 14:16 left.
Maurice Morris had 49 yards to
lead the Seahawks ground game...Washington's Clinton
Portis ran for only 41 yards on 17 carries...Seattle
lost to the LA Raiders, 30-14, in its only other conference
championship game, which took place on January 8,
1984...Hasselbeck ran for his first career postseason
touchdown. Including the playoffs, Hasselbeck is 21-4
in his last 25 home starts...Holmgren won his first
playoff game with Seattle and also defeated the Redskins
for the first time in his career (1-4)...Washington
head coach Joe Gibbs fell to 5-1 against the Seahawks...The
Redskins, who forced three turnovers, have at least
one takeaway in 23 straight playoff games...Washington,
which is now 4-2 all- time in the Emerald City, still
leads the all-time series 9-5.
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