The Seattle Seahawks move on to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs by KO’ing Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. We’d like to point out that Griffin did beat the Dallas Cowboys last week, and the Redskins led the Seahawks 14-0 in the 1st quarter.
The Seahawks didn’t win by default of Griffin’s injury; they simply beat it out of them. Against Dallas, Griffin was able to stay in the pocket and beat the Cowboys handing off to Alfred Morris.
Seattle didn’t play that game, when they smelled blood in the water, they took a drink. The Seahawks beat and wore down the Redskins, as much as bullied them as defensive lineman Bruce Irvin delivering an after the play crashing hit to Griffin drawing a flag, but message sent.
Cornerback Brandon Browning manhandling wide receiver Pierre Garcon was just another example of how physical Seattle was. A wounded Griffin against an average team could slide by, but not versus a very good defense as Seattle’s.
Some of the defensive players talked about knowing Griffin was hurt, but like a boxer they had to take him out.
"You never want to see a guy get hurt," said middle linebacker Bobby Wagner after the Seahawks won their first road playoff game since the Reagan administration, 24-14 over the Washington Redskins. "He's a good player, and you feel bad for him, but at the same time, it's a game and injuries happen," according to Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times.
"In the playoffs, you don't give anybody anything," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "It's a 16-game season. Everybody's banged up."
"We're not here to feel sorry for nobody," linebacker K.J. Wright said. "We're out here trying to get the 'W' and make it to the Super Bowl."
"When we saw him running, we saw that this guy's not 100 percent," Wright said. "We made sure right then that we were going to start keying on their running back (Alfred Morris) and try to make him (Griffin) run."