Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III threw two touchdown passes in as many drives to open the Washington Redskins first home playoff game since the 1999 season and jump out early and lead, holding a 14-13 advantage over the Seattle Seahawks at halftime.
Griffin came off the field limping badly after finding Logan Paulsen in the end zone for his second four-yard scoring strike of the afternoon. As Russell Wilson guided the Seahawks to their first points of the afternoon, trainers attended to Griffin in an examination booth directly behind the Washington bench.
He reemerged, began tossing passes on the sideline and did not miss a play. However, the momentum had shifted in Seattle’s favor by the time he returned and the offense would not return to form.
Washington’s double-digit lead quickly evaporated as the frenzied, capacity crowd grew hushed as Seattle came surging back to cut the lead to one.
Griffin finished the half 6-of-11 for 68 yards with an interception to go with the scores — good for a 75.0 passer rating.
Counterpart Alfred Morris carried the ball 11 times for 60 yards.
Of note: Seattle place kicker Steven Hauschka suffered an ankle injury and missed a kickoff, but was able to connect on a 29-yard field goal as the second quarter expired.