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2013 NFL Playoffs: Washington falls 24-14 to Seattle, Robert Griffin III injured again

The Washington Redskins season ends with a home loss in the NFC Wild Card round.

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RGIII injury will cloud Redskins' offseason

The Redskins better-than-expected season ended Sunday night at the hands of the Seahawks. But as great as the 2012 season was, Robert Griffin III's health will loom large over the offseason.


Washington fans lament loss, RGIII injury

Many Redskins fans were upset that head coach Mike Shanahan did not pull a noticeably hobbled Robert Griffin III in their playoff loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.


RG3: 'No way I was coming out of the game.'

Robert Griffin III insisted that he was fine with continuing to play despite an injury in the Washington Redskins' postseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks, saying that he probably would have continued playing even if head coach Mike Shanahan gave him the hook.

Shanahan received much criticism for leaving Griffin in the game, as the rookie quarterback was clearly playing hurt. The offense stagnated, but things didn't get really bad until Griffin aggravated the injury later, causing him to leave the game -- and, many fear, causing long-term damage. However, after the game, Griffin insisted he had wanted to stay in the game, telling his coach he was healthy, and said he would have continued playing regardless of the coach's decision.

I’d probably been right back out there on the field. You respect authority and I respect coach Shanahan but at the same time you have to step up and be a man sometimes.There was no way I was coming out of the game," Griffin said. "It’s an awkward conversation you never want to have with a head coach. You don’t want him to ever feel like you’re lying to him. I wasn’t lying to him, I was able to play. Period. If he would have pulled me out, I would have been highly upset but that’s his prerogative. He kept me in."

Griffin was fine to start the game despite suffering a knee injury a few weeks earlier, but began playing with a noticeable limp in the first quarter. Dr. James Andrews inspected the knee and cleared him to continue playing, and Griffin did, although with diminishing results: after leading the team on touchdown drives on its first two possessions, the Redskins wouldn't score, as Griffin looked uncomfortable moving with the ball and didn't have enough power throwing off of just one leg. Then, he got injured for good, forcing Shanahan to bring in Kirk Cousins, but it was too late for Washington to come back.


RGIII on playing hurt: 'I'm the best option'

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III took the podium after the team's 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in the NFC Wild Card game at FedEx Field to discuss playing through his knee injury.

Griffin had come into the game less than 100 percent due to a lingering knee injury. Wearing a heavy brace, Griffin guided the Redskins to two first quarter touchdowns and a 14-0 lead on his touchdown passes. Griffin also took hits during the drives and needed treatment from trainers. In the fourth quarter, and he was forced to leave the game when he tried to recover a bad snap on the chewed up turf at FedEx Field and re-injured his knee.

After the game, Griffin said he didn't believe that playing through injury was detrimental to the team. Griffin said, "I'm the best option for this team. That's why I'm the starter." Griffin's backup, Kirk Cousins, was just 3-of-10 passing for 31 yards in the game after he replaced the injured Griffin.

Griffin did admit a certain amount of risk trying to play through the injury. Griffin said, "I think I did put myself at more risk being out there." Ultimately, it was not a Seahawks player, but the horrendous condition of the FedEx Field turf at gametime which was the biggest risk to Griffin. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured knee on Monday.


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RGIII asked Mike Shanahan to keep playing

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was knocked out of the team's 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter on Sunday's NFC Wild Card game with a knee injury. Griffin had been recovering from a knee injury coming into the game and had gotten knocked around in the first half and received treatment. On the play that took him out of the game, Griffin's knee buckled on the badly chewed up turf at FedEx Field as he tried to pick up a bad snap.

After the game, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told media members that Griffin said he was "hurting but not injured." Shanahan also said that he considered taking Griffin out of the game at halftime but that his star rookie quarterback asked him to keep playing. Shanahan also said that the team conferred with doctors, including Dr. James Andrews, and that Griffin was cleared to play.

Griffin had thrown two touchdowns in the first quarter but was largely ineffective afterwards before he was finally pulled from the game. Griffin is scheduled to have an MRI on the injured knee on Monday.


Redskins lose RGIII, fall to Seahawks, 24-14

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Washington Redskins, 24-14, on Sunday in the NFC Wild Card game at FedEx Field.

The Redskins got off to a hot start with a 14-0 on two Robert Griffin III touchdown passes in the first quarter. The Seahawks would go on to score the next 24 unanswered points in the victory. Seattle was able to get 13 points in the second quarter but were prevented from taking their first lead until Marshawn Lynch broke a 24-yard run (aided by a downfield block by quarterback Russell Wilson) for a touchdown with 7:08 to play. The Seahawks added to a two-point conversion to that score and a field goal following the bad snap turnover that injured Griffin's knee as he tried to recover the ball. With Griffin ruled out of the game with 6:19 to play, Kirk Cousins had to take over at quarterback for Washington. Cousins was not able to spark a comeback and finished the game just 3-of-10 passing for 31 yards. Cousins also had to recover his fumble caused by another bad snap.

Griffin was 10-of-19 passing for 84 yards passing for two touchdowns and one interception. Griffin only rushed five times for 21 yards due to the knee injury he was battling through coming into the game. Marshawn Lynch led all rushers with 131 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Russell Wilson was 15-of-26 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown. Wilson added 68 yards rushing on seven carries. Logan Paulsen and Evan Royster caught touchdowns for the Redskins.


RGIII leaves game in 4th quarter with knee injury

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III injured his knee trying to recover a bad snap with 6:25 to play in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card game at FedEx Field. Griffin, who was already not 100 percent healthy for the game, had his knee bend the wrong way as he tried to recover the snap. Griffin fell to the turf and the Seahawks recovered the loose ball at the Washington 5-yard line and eventually got a field goal to increase their lead to 24-14.

Griffin was helped up off the turf and labored off the field flanked by team trainers as he walked to the sideline. Griffin had already been given treatment by team trainers in the first half of the game after taking several shots in the half. Griffin has reportedly been ruled out for the rest of the game and his backup Kirk Cousins will take over at quarterback.


Redskins lead Seahawks, 14-13, after third quarter

The Washington Redskins lead the Seattle Seahawks, 14-13, after the third quarter of the NFC Wild Card game on Sunday at FedEx Field.

The Seahawks threatened to take the lead but were denied at the goal line when running back Marshawn Lynch fumbled the ball away when London Fletcher was able to punch it out. Jarvis Jenkins recovered the fumble for Washington with 10:31 remaining. Despite not being able to move the ball much during the quarter on offense, the Redskins defense bent but did not break and kept the Seahawks off the scoreboard.

Seattle has taken over the time of possession battle, 24:23 to 20:37, as the game moves into the fourth quarter. The Seahawks will have the ball at their own 40-yard line to begin the quarter. Marshawn Lynch, who has 79 yards rushing in the game, rushed three yards to the 40 on the final play of the the third quarter.


Redskins lead Seahawks, 14-13, at halftime

The Washington Redskins lead the Seattle Seahawks, 14-13 at halftime in the NFC Wild Card game at FedEx Field on Sunday.

The first quarter belonged to the Redskins with advantages in total yards of offense, time of possession and on the scoreboard with a 14-0 lead as the quarter ended. The second quarter belonged to the Seahawks. Seattle outscored Washington 13-0 in the quarter.

Redskins dynamic rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was 6-of-11 for 68 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the first half. Griffin rushed three times for 12 yards in the half. Griffin's fellow rookie Russell Wilson was 8-of-13 passing for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Seahawks. Wilson added 35 yards on the ground on four carries.

Washington's Alfred Morris led all rushers with 60 yards on 11 carries. Logan Paulsen and Evan Royster caught short touchdown passes for the Redskins while Michael Robinson caught Seattle's touchdown.


Redskins lead Seahawks, 14-0, after first quarter

The Washington Redskins lead the Seattle Seahawks, 14-0, after the first quarter of play at FedEx Field on Sunday in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game between the teams.

Robert Griffin III provided two touchdown passes during the quarter but was clearly less than 100 percent healthy and needed to get assistance from trainers after absorbing several hits. Griffin was 6-of-9 passing for 68 yards and the two touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 12 yards. Logan Paulsen and Evan Royster caught touchdowns for the Redskins in the redzone. Alfred Morris had 49 yards rushing on eight carries.

The Seahawks only had the ball for 3:59 of the quarter and put up just nine total yards of offense. Griffin's rookie counterpart Russell Wilson was 2-of-3 passing for 20 yards. Wilson was sacked by two times. Perry Riley had one sack and Stephen Bowen (0.5 sack) and London Fletcher (0.5 sack) shared the other sack during the quarter.


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"Tony, this is the NFC title game," Wilbon said. "These are the two best teams in the NFC. With all due respect to the 49ers and Atlanta, THESE are the two best teams in the NFC. They're the hottest teams, and I think they're the best teams. They're both having magical seasons...I could see the winner of this game winning the NFC, representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. I think the winner will beat Atlanta.

The facts show that Wilbon may have a point. Four of the last five NFC champions did not win more than 10 games in the regular season and did not get the first round bye, including the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants the last two seasons.

Despite that, Wilbon does think that the Seahawks have the advantage over the Redskins. Wilbon says that the main reasons is because the Seahawks are healthier than the Redskins:

"I think Seattle's a little better team, because they've been at this a little bit longer... So whatever advantage the Redskins have for playing at home I think is sort of negated by Seattle being a little bit stronger and healthier.

Right now both the Redskins and the Seahawks are the fourth and fifth most likely teams to win the Super Bowl according to Bovada. Sunday's game will be at FedEx Field and will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. with television coverage on Fox.


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