4:30 PM ET, January 14, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) -- His head pounding and his day over, Shaun Alexander walked off the field at halftime and flashed the "OK" sign.He was right.
|It was over when ...|
|Josh Brown's 31-yard field goal sailed through the uprights with just under three minutes to go to give Seattle a 20-10 lead.||Game ball goes to ...|
|Darrell Jackson. Overcoming an early injury, Jackson provided the offensive spark for the Seahawks on Saturday, catching nine passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. No other Seattle player caught more than two passes in the game.|
"That's my responsibility," Washington coach Joe Gibbs said. "Obviously we wanted to be much more productive than what we were in the playoffs. We have to look to see how we can do a better job offensively."
And had it not been for Seattle's mistakes, the Redskins never would have been in the game against a Seattle defense was able to concentrate on stopping Clinton Portis' running because only Moss and tight end Chris Cooley were receiving threats.
"If he's not playing at a Pro Bowl level, their offense struggles," Seattle defensive end Bryce Fisher said of Portis, who gained 41 yards on 17 carries.
After Josh Brown's 33-yard field goal gave the Seahawks a 17-3 lead early in the third quarter, the Redskins finally got going. Brunell hit a wide-open Cooley for 52 yards, then completed a 20-yard TD pass to Moss that deflected off the helmet of Seattle's Andre Dyson.
That cut the Seattle lead to a touchdown just 3:01 into the final quarter. Then Josh Scobee fumbled the kickoff and kicker John Hall recovered, but Hall missed a 36-yard field-goal attempt that could have cut it to four.
Brown clinched it with a 31-yard field goal with 2:54 left.
Said Hasselbeck: "We've got a great feeling in our locker room right now because we did come together. We overcame adversity."
After that first series when Alexander fumbled, there were nine straight three-and-outs, five by the Redskins and four by the Seahawks. Washington never got beyond its own 22 until the second quarter.
But after Washington's fifth futile series, Jimmy Williams fumbled Derrick Frost's punt at his own 39 and Pierson Prioleau recovered for Washington. From there the Redskins plodded their way to the Seattle 7, setting up Hall's 26-yard field goal that gave them a 3-0 lead.
The Seahawks finally got going after that with Hasselbeck using his legs as well as his arm. He scrambled for 16 yards to help keep the drive moving, then finally hit Jackson, single-covered by safety Ryan Clark, from the Washington 29 to make it 7-3.
Seattle then went 81 yards on 10 plays on their first possession of the second half to make it 14-3 with Hasselbeck scrambling in for the touchdown.
Jackson's 143 yards receiving was a postseason record for the Seahawks. ... Washington guard Ray Brown, at 43 the oldest lineman in modern NFL history, played his last game after 20 seasons. ... Brown, wide receiver Taylor Jacobs and cornerback Shawn Springs all had to leave the game temporarily for Washington. .... A 32-yard run fourth-quarter by Seattle fullback Mack Strong that helped set up the clinching field goal was the longest in his 13-season NFL career.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.4||5.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||6:01||John Hall 26 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 32 yds, 5:03
|TD||11:38||Darrell Jackson 29 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown Kick) |
Drive: 12 plays, 74 yds, 5:37
|TD||5:25||Matt Hasselbeck 6 Yd Run (Josh Brown Kick) |
Drive: 10 plays, 81 yds, 4:20
|FG||0:44||Josh Brown 33 Yd |
Drive: 6 plays, 48 yds, 2:39
|TD||3:01||Santana Moss 20 Yd Pass From Mark Brunell (John Hall Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 76 yds, 2:17
|FG||12:06||Josh Brown 31 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 60 yds, 5:07