01.08.2013 / Blog Posts Redskins
The magical 2012 Washington Redskins season came to an end Sunday, as the team lost 24-14 to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card round of the playoffs at FedExField.
The loss put an end to the Redskins’ seven-game winning streak to end the season – a run that saw the team overtake the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants and hold off the Dallas Cowboys to win its first NFC East Division title since 1999.
Anybody watching Sunday’s playoff matchup against the Seahawks would’ve thought the Redskins had the game in the bag after their first two drives of the game.
Washington’s offense drove straight down the field twice on the NFL’s best scoring defense, scoring two touchdowns – throws from quarterback Robert Griffin III to running back Evan Royster and tight end Logan Paulsen – to take a 14-0 lead with 2:26 left in the first quarter.
The Redskins’ defense, meanwhile, initially put the clamps on the Seattle offense, which is led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and also features talented running back Marshawn Lynch.
Seattle’s fortunes turned, however, with a field goal about three minutes into the second quarter, and the Seahawks wouldn’t look back from there. In all, they scored 24 unanswered points the rest of the way to eliminate the Redskins from the playoffs for the third time since 2005.
There’s no doubt this loss stings for Redskins fans everywhere.
Sooner or later, however, thoughts of disappointment from Sunday’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.
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