WASHINGTON, D.C.–The magic just wasn’t there for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins on Jan. 6 at FedEx Field.

The hobbling signal caller guided Washington to a 14-0 start but was on the sidelines watching in the waning moments as the Seattle Seahawks were celebrating an impressive comeback as they downed the Redskins 24-14 in front of a somber home crowd.

Fans chanted “RGIII” in the middle of the fourth quarter after Griffin re-aggravated his hyperextended knee and lay on the turf before being helped to the sidelines before the packed, and mostly sympathetic, house. 

Griffin passed for 84 yards on 10 completions before backup Kirk Cousins entered late in the game but couldn’t muster any yards against a tough Seattle defense. Washington led 14-13 before Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rumbled for 27 yards at the top of the fourth quarter. Seattle completed the ensuing two-point conversion to go up 21-14 with 7:20 left.

Washington botched a handoff deep in their own territory on the following drive before Griffin’s already injured knee planted itself in the turf as he scrambled to recover the loose ball. Seattle recovered, Griffin was down and all the air in a stadium that was jumping before game time left in the drop of a dime. Seattle kicked a field goal to go up by two scores and ice the game.

Washington, the 2012 NFC East champions, and head coach Mike Shanahan will be left to ponder whether or not Cousins should’ve entered the game sooner. Griffin was initially banged up in the first half after he appeared to hurt his knee on a backpedal and injure his throwing hand after banging it on the helmet of one of his offensive linemen. 

The loss gives Griffin a summer to heal while Seattle will move on to the divisional round of the post-season tournament to face the No. 1 seeded Atlanta Falcons. 


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO