Inspired Wild Card Matchup
The 2007 season was rather interesting for both the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins. The Seahawks were highly criticized for their playoff appearance due to an easy schedule that season, while the Redskins had rattled off 4 straight wins to get the last NFC Wild Card spot.
The Redskins were playing with heavy hearts after the loss of their young, legendary safety, Sean Taylor to an unspeakable tragedy. It was hard to root against a team winning for a fallen hero, but the Seahawks were determined to keep fighting and move on in the playoffs.
The game was a defensive struggle for 3 quarters.
The only score in the first quarter was a 17 yard touchdown rush by Leonard Weaver who beasted his way into the endzone.
The second and third quarters saw a Josh Brown field goal in each, 50 and 33 yards, respectively.
Seattle were going into the fourth quarter up 13-0 and feeling pretty good. The Redskins were not going to go down without a fight.
Todd Collins led a no-huddle drive in the fourth quarter capped off by a 7 yard Antwaan Randle El touchdown. It was now 13-7 and the Redskins could now smell blood in the water.
Safety LaRon Landry picked off a pass on the ensuing Seahawks drive to give the Redskins prime opportunity to charge into the lead. A 30 yard pass to Santana Moss put the Redskins in the lead 14-13.
On the kickoff after the touchdown, Nate Burleson couldn’t field the kick as it was blown around by the heavy winds and turned it over to Washington.
The Redskins tried driving the ball, just barely missing Chris Cooley for the score, so they were forced to go for the Shaun Suisham field goal attempt. It was a 30 yarder and his shortest of the year, but he still managed to kick it wide left, giving the Seahawks the opening they needed to get back in it.
That opportunity faded immediately as Matt Hasselbeck threw his second interception of the game to LaRon Landry.
That, however, turned out positive for the Seahawks, who forced a measly 33 yard punt and took over at the Washington 42 yard line.
Five plays later, Hasselbeck hit DJ Hackett with a beautiful 20 yard pass to re-take the lead. The Seahawks went for 2 to make it a 21-14 game and got it, as Hasselbeck hit Marcus Pollard for the 2 pointer.
Then the filthy Seattle defense kicked in.
The last two scoring plays of the game both came off pick sixes from Marcus Trufant for 79 yards then Jordan Babineaux for 57 yards.
The Seahawks won the game 35-14 and proved to the critics that their easy schedule was no reason for criticism as they had just beaten a winning team playing very inspired football.
Hasselbeck finished 20/32 for 229 with the Hackett touchdown and 2 Landry interceptions. Shaun Alexander had 15 carries for 26 yards, while what seemed to be a trend from Leonard Weaver, he had a single rush for the 17 yard touchdown.
Hackett had 6 catches for 101 yards and the score while Burleson had 6 catches for 64 yards.
Todd Collins finished 29/50 (yes you read it right…he had 50 attempts in the game) for 266 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Clinton Portis (the other Portis) had 20 carries for 52 yards. Antwaan Randle El had 10 grabs for 94 yards and a score while Santana Moss had 6 catches for 68 yards and a score.