Where: FedExField in Landover, Md.
When: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET
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Rookie quarterbacks ROBERT GRIFFIN III of Washington and RUSSELL WILSON of Seattle lead their teams into the playoffs. Griffin (102.4) and Wilson (100.0) are the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to post a 100.0+ passer rating.
Both rookie QBs have been complemented by strong running games. For the Redskins, rookie running back ALFRED MORRIS finished second in the NFL with a team-record 1,613 rushing yards. Seahawks running back MARSHAWN LYNCH ranked third in the league with 1,590 yards and was selected to his second Pro Bowl (first with Seattle).
Seattle and Washington enter the postseason as two of the hottest teams in the league. The Seahawks have won five in a row and seven of their past eight while the Redskins are riding a seven-game winning streak and are the fifth team in NFL history to make the playoffs after a 3-6 start.
“This is a big deal to finish like this and win all these games in a row,” says Seattle head coach PETE CARROLL. “We finished the regular season and now we’ll start it up again with a new season. We’re really excited about that.”
TEAMS MEET for 3rd time in postseason (2005 Div: Sea. 20-10; 2007 WC: Sea. 35-14). Sea. has won both playoff meetings & Was. leads all-time series, including playoffs, 11-6.
SEAHAWKS: Have won past 3 WC games. Have won 1st playoff game in each of past 4 postseason appearances. Seahawks are 2-0 in postseason vs. Was. Finished regular season winning 5 in row & 7 of past 8. During 5-game winning streak to close out season, outscored opp. 193-60. Seahawks had 5 players selected to Pro Bowl: RB MARSHAWN LYNCH (2nd), T RUSSELL OKUNG (1st), S EARL THOMAS (2nd), C MAX UNGER (1st) & KR LEON WASHINGTON (2nd)…Rookie QB RUSSELL WILSON threw 26 TD passes, tied for most by rookie in NFL history (PEYTON MANNING, 1998). Also rushed for 4 TDs. Completed 252 of 393 passes (64.1 pct.) for 3,118 yards with 26 TDs vs. 10 INTs for 100.0 passer rating. Wilson & Was. QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III are only rookie QBs in NFL history with 100+ rating in season. Wilson had 115.2 rating in Dec., best mark in NFL. In final 3 games of reg. season, had 6 pass TDs, 1 INT, 126.8 rating & 4 rush TDs…RB Lynch was selected to 2nd career Pro Bowl & 1st as Seahawk. Ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 1,590 rush yards. Has 100+ rush yards in 8 of past 10. In past 10 games, has 1,041 rush yards (104.1 per game) & 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.). In last year’s WC game (1/8/11 vs. NO), rushed for 131 yards & 67-yard TD. Since Nov. 2011, leads NFL with 2,531 rush yards (incl. playoffs). Rushed for 111 yards & had 20-yard rec. TD in only career game vs. Was. (11/27/11)…WR SIDNEY RICE led team with 50 catches & 748 yards. Tied for club lead with 7 rec. TDs. Has 4 rec. TDs in past 2 postseason games & aims for 3rd playoff game in row with TD. Tied NFL postseason record with 3 rec. TDs in 1/17/10 Div. (with Min.). WR GOLDEN TATE had TD in only meeting (11/27/11). Tied for team lead with career-high 7 rec. TDs. Has 5 total TDs (4 rec., 1 pass) in past 8 games…Seahawks led NFL in fewest points allowed (245), points per game allowed (15.3) & TDs allowed (25). Defense ranked in top 5 in NFC in all 3 categories: 2nd overall (306.2), 3rd passing (203.1) & 5th rushing (103.1). Team’s red zone defense was 2nd in NFC with 44.7% TD pct. allowed (17 TDs, 38 poss.)…DE CHRIS CLEMONS led team with 11.5 sacks, his 3rd consecutive season with 11+ sacks. CB RICHARD SHERMAN led team with 24 PD & 8 INTs, tied for 2nd most in NFL. Scored 2 TDs (blocked FG return & INT-TD). Rookie LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 139 tackles. DE BRUCE IRVIN led NFL rookies with 8 sacks.
REDSKINS: Have won 7 in row, longest current winning streak in NFC. Are 5th team in NFL history to make playoffs after 3-6 start. Won NFC East for 1st time since 1999. In postseason, team is 23-17 (.575), 3rd best mark among NFC clubs (min. 15 games). Redskins had 3 players selected to Pro Bowl, all for 1st time: ST LORENZO ALEXANDER, rookie QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III and T TRENT WILLIAMS…QB Griffin set NFL rookie record with 102.4 passer rating, completing 258 of 393 (65.6 pct.) for 3,200 yards with 20 TDs vs. 5 INTs. Had 100+ rating in 8 games, incl. tying single-game NFL record 158.3 – highest attainable mark – in Week 11 vs. Phi. Only rookie to accomplish feat. Rushed for 815 yards, most by rookie QB in NFL history. Is only QB in NFL history with 4+ TD passes of 60+ yards & rush TD of 60+ yards in season…Redskins led NFL in rush offense (169.3 yards per game). RB ALFRED MORRIS rushed for team-record 1,613 yards, 3rd most by rookie in NFL history. Rushed for 75+ yards in 14 of 16 games, incl. 7 100-yard games. In past 6 games, has rushed for 744 yards (124 per game) & 8 TDs. Has 7 rush TDs in past 4 & aims for 5th in row with TD. In Week 17, rushed for 200 yards & 3 TDs as Was. won NFC East with win over Dal. Morris led NFC with 13 rush TDs & ranked 2nd overall in NFL. In past 3 at home, has rushed for 453 yards (151 per game) & 4 TDs…WR SANTANA MOSS led team with 8 rec. TDs, his most in season since 2005 (9). In 2 career playoff games vs. Sea., Moss has 13 catches for 171 yards (85.5 per game) & 2 TDs. Has scored 5 career postseason TDs (4 rec., 1 PR). WR PIERRE GARCON aims for 4th playoff game in row with TD catch. In past 3 postseason games, has 21 catches for 329 yards (109.7 per game) & 3 TDs. Had 4 TDs in 2012 & avg. 41.5 yards per TD. WR JOSH MORGAN led team with 48 catches. Had 510 yards, his 3rd 500+ yard season in past 4 years…Redskins ranked 3rd in NFC in rush defense (95.8 yards per game). Team was 2nd in NFC & 3rd in NFL with +17 turnover differential. LB LONDON FLETCHER led team with 139 tackles & career-high 5 INTs. Has 4 INTs in past 6. Had 2 sacks in Week 17. CB DE ANGELO HALL has 2 INTs in career vs. Sea., incl. INT-TD. Hall & LB ROB JACKSON tied for 2nd on club with 4 INTs. Jackson has INT in 2 of past 3. LB RYAN KERRIGAN led club with 8.5 sacks. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player in NFL with 10+ sacks (16) & 2+ INT-TDs (2).
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PREDICTION: Home field advantage looms huge in this NFC Wild Card matchup. The visiting Seahawks are unbeaten at home this season, but a much more "human" 3-5 when travelling on the road. Seattle's game plan is going to be stop the run and make RG3 challenge their talented cornerback tandem of Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Both teams are on a roll, Seattle riding a five game win streak, while the Redskins haven't lost since week 9. The national media is focusing on the "battle of the rookie quarterbacks", as Robert Griffin III goes head to head with Russell Wilson. Both teams are seeking to advance to the Divisional Round, where a visit to either San Francisco or Atlanta awaits. The key for the 'Skins is stopping Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is the most violent back in the NFL and is a real handful. As stated at the top, home field is the deciding factor in this one and the Redskins prevail. Redskins 24 Seahawks 21