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National Football League
          === Lynch, Seahawks surge past Redskins in NFC Wild Card ===
 Landover,  MD  (Sports Network) - Marshawn  Lynch rushed for 132 yards and the
 go-ahead  touchdown midway  through the fourth quarter as the Seattle Seahawks
 overcame  a fast  start by  the Washington  Redskins with  a 24-14  victory in
 Sunday's NFC Wild Card playoff.
 Washington  was hosting its first playoff game since 1999 and jumped out to an
 early 14-0 lead, but the Seahawks scored the final 24 points of the contest to
 advance to next Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.
 Russell  Wilson  outplayed fellow Rookie  of the Year candidate Robert Griffin
 III  by  completing 15-of-26  passes  for  187  yards  and a  touchdown  while
 adding  67 yards  on eight carries for the Seahawks, who snapped an eight-game
 road playoff losing streak.
 The last time Seattle won a playoff game on the road was a 27-20 decision over
 the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 31, 1983.
 Griffin  was  held  to  just  84  yards with  a  pair  of  touchdowns  and  an
 interception on 10-for-19 efficiency by the NFL's second-ranked defense before
 leaving  the game in  the fourth quarter with a knee injury he suffered in the
 first quarter.
 The hobbled quarterback also managed just 21 yards on five carries.
 "I  think I did put myself at more risk by being out there, but every time you
 step  on  the football field in  between those lines you're putting your life,
 your  career,  every single ligament in  your body in jeopardy," Griffin said.
 "That's just the approach I had to take towards it."
 Alfred  Morris  followed his 200-yard, three-touchdown performance against the
 Dallas Cowboys, which clinched the Redskins' first NFC East crown in 13 years,
 with 80 yards on 16 carries.
 Washington  has now been  knocked out of the playoffs by the Seahawks in their
 last  three postseason  appearances,  having  lost to  the  team  in the  2005
 divisional round and the 2007 Wild Card round.
 The  Seahawks took over on offense at their own 21 with 10:53 left in the game
 trailing,  14-13,  and Lynch muscled his  way downfield for an 18-yard gain on
 the second play of the drive.
 Faced  with  a 3rd-and-10,  Wilson surveyed  his options  in the pocket before
 dumping  a  short pass off  to Zach Miller,  who took the  ball 22 yards for a
 first down.
 After  a 5-yard gain by Lynch two plays later, the running back took a handoff
 to  the  right at  the Washington 27-yard  line and used  a downfield block by
 Wilson near the 5-yard line en route to the go-ahead touchdown.
 Seattle  opted to go  for the two-point conversion, and Wilson hit Miller on a
 quick slant for a 21-14 lead with 7:08 to play.
 On  the next play  from scrimmage, Griffin could not handle a bad snap and his
 right knee, which he previously injured during the Redskins' second possession
 of  the game,  buckled under him while  he scrambled for the loose ball and he
 fell to the ground.
 Griffin  remained  on the ground for  several minutes before getting up on his
 own power and walking off the field. He did not return.
 Seattle,  meanwhile, recovered  the fumble  and  converted it  into a  22-yard
 Steven Hauschka field goal.
 Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin under center from there and completed two of his
 first  three  passes for  gains of 15  and 12 yards  to Leonard Hankerson, but
 Cousins  went just  1-for-7 for  four  yards for  the remainder  of the  game,
 failing  to  complete a  pair of  fourth-down passes  on Washington's next two
 touches to quell any thought of a comeback.
 Washington  received the ball  first and wasted no time in taking the lead, as
 Morris  carried the load  with 34 yards on four totes during a 9-play, 80-yard
 march  that  saw just one third  down, which resulted in Evan Royster's 4-yard
 touchdown reception.
 Pierre  Garcon  added a  30-yard catch-and-run  down the  left sideline on the
 The  Redskins regained the ball at their own 46 following a Seattle three-and-
 out, and Griffin kept the drive alive with a 10-yard strike to Santana Moss on
 a 3rd-and-3.
 An  11-yard gain by  Logan Paulsen on a swing pass later converted a 3rd-and-1
 and  moved the  ball inside the Seattle five before Paulsen capped the 11-play
 drive  with  a 4-yard touchdown  catch for  a 14-0 lead  with 2:26 left in the
 first quarter.
 "I was worried about the tempo of the game catching us a little bit," Seahawks
 coach  Pete  Carroll said about his  team's slow start. "We just weren't there
 with the tempo at the start of the game."
 Two  plays prior  to the score, however,  Griffin twisted his right knee on an
 awkward  throw while falling  down and was moving with an obvious limp for the
 remainder of the game.
 Seattle  was able to get on the board on its ensuing drive with a 12-play, 66-
 yard trek that stretched into the second quarter.
 Miller converted an early third down on the drive by hauling in a low pass and
 running for a 12-yard gain and Sidney Rice moved the ball deep into Washington
 territory with an acrobatic 27-yard reception down the right sideline.
 The  drive reached  as far as the  Washington nine, but the Seahawks could not
 push  the ball into  the end zone and were forced to settle for Hauschka's 32-
 yard field goal.
 The  Seahawks  were aided by a  big gain on a  broken play to cut further into
 the  deficit  on their  next touch as  Wilson fumbled the  ball after making a
 play-action  fake  and Lynch scooped up  the loose ball before racing 20 yards
 down the field.
 "The  ball  came out funny  on the  exchange and Marshawn  had my back. He was
 right  there, picked  up the ball and  had a huge gain," Wilson said about the
 play.  "That  was big for us.  I think it was  one of the biggest plays of the
 Michael  Robinson then capped the scoring drive five plays later by grabbing a
 swing pass out to the left and jogging across the goal line untouched for a 4-
 yard touchdown, making it a 14-10 game with 4:38 remaining in the first half.
 Earl  Thomas  intercepted a  deep Griffin  pass intended  for Garcon two plays
 later, and a 33-yard reception by Doug Baldwin on a short pass over the middle
 set up a 29-yard kick by Hauschka as time expired to bring the Seahawks within
 14-13 at the break.
 Seattle  opened  the third  quarter with the  ball and used  a 26-yard rush by
 Lynch  and a 20-yard grab from Golden Tate to quickly move the ball inside the
 Washington five.
 But  the Seahawks failed to take the lead as Lynch had the ball knocked out of
 his hands by Barry Cofield and the Redskins recovered it at the 3-yard line.
 Washington  was forced to  punt after picking up a couple of first downs and a
 28-yard  gain by  Wilson on  a scramble  moved the  ball across  midfield, but
 Seattle  would  move backwards from  there and also had  to punt, keeping it a
 one-point game heading into the fourth quarter.
                                   Game Notes
 It  was  the second-ever meeting  between rookie quarterbacks in the playoffs.
 The  first  time came last season  when Cincinnati's Andy Dalton and Houston's
 T.J. Yates met in the AFC Wild Card round ... Seattle has won in its last four
 appearances  in the Wild Card round and has won its first playoff game in five
 straight postseason appearances ... Carroll improved to 3-3 in the playoffs in
 his  career,  while  Redskins  coach  Mike  Shanahan  fell  to  12-10  in  the
 postseason ... Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons sustained a knee injury in
 the  third quarter and did not return ... After recording nine first downs and
 134  yards in their first two possessions, the Redskins managed just six first
 downs  and 38 yards  over their final eight touches ... Seattle held a 380-203
 advantage in total yards.
 01/06 21:12:35 ET