4:30 PM ET, January 5, 2008
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Redskins give valiant effort, but Seahawks advance to face Packers
SEATTLE (AP) -- In less than 2½ fourth-quarter minutes, the Seattle Seahawks watched a 13-point lead turn into a one-point deficit. Nothing was going right -- they couldn't even catch a simple kickoff."I was looking at the scoreboard, like, 'What just happened?'" defensive end Darryl Tapp said. "But you just have to continue to play all the game through."
The Seahawks kicked off their fifth straight postseason appearance where they have been most effective -- on their home field. Since the start of the 2005 season, the Seahawks have the second-best regular-season home record.
|* -- 4-0 home playoff mark since '05|
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren moves on to battle his former team, the Green Bay Packers, for the second time in the postseason. Al Harris intercepted Matt Hasselbeck's pass in OT for a touchdown in a 33-27 victory in the 2003 wild-card round.
Weaver's touchdown was his first in the playoffs. He had only one TD on 33 carries during the regular season. ... Portis sprained his left ankle late in the game and spent the final minutes on the sideline. ... The Seahawks reported no significant injuries.
If you havenít paid much attention in the Northwest, Seattle has a pretty impressive defensive team led by LDE Patrick Kerney, MLB Lofa Tatupu, OLB Julian Peterson and shutdown corner Marcus Trufant. Defensive coordinator John Marshall's game plan was to shut down the Washington running game while overloading the right side with single zone pressure schemes in passing situations that placed a lot of pressure on rookie RT Stephon Heyer. The Redskins countered by sliding their protection schemes toward Heyer, which forced LT Chris Samuels on an island in one-on-one situations on the backside with either Darryl Tapp or Peterson. The Seahawks also did a good job in rotating their defensive linemen while aligning at different spots in sub to create mismatches that they exploited with four-man rush schemes. On top of that, this is a fast and aggressive defense that played at very high level in attacking QB Todd Collins in the pocket while controlling the Washington running game.
-- Keith Kidd, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.9||5.6|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||03:45||Leonard Weaver 17 Yd Run (Josh Brown Kick)||0||7|
|FG||08:58||Josh Brown 50 Yd||0||10|
|FG||04:30||Josh Brown 33 Yd||0||13|
|TD||14:53||Antwaan Randle El 7 Yd Pass From Todd Collins (Shaun Suisham Kick)||7||13|
|TD||12:38||Santana Moss 30 Yd Pass From Todd Collins (Shaun Suisham Kick)||14||13|
|TD||06:06||D.J. Hackett 20 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Matt Hasselbeck Pass To Marcus Pollard For Two-Point Conversion)||14||21|
|TD||05:38||Marcus Trufant 78 Yd Interception Return (Josh Brown Kick)||14||28|
|TD||00:27||Jordan Babineaux 57 Yd Interception Return (Josh Brown Kick)||14||35|