Game Story: Redskins 14, Seahawks 35

Here are a bunch of tidbits, stats and notes about the Redskins Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

Turning point: After recovering a kickoff on the Seattle 14, and leading 14-13, the Redskins could not add to their fourth-quarter surge. They had already scored two touchdowns in the final quarter, but they exited with no points after this series. Seattle did not take the lead on its next possession, but it did start to play with more offensive fire. Had the Redskins been able to score a touchdown – or even get a field goal – things could have turned out differently. Shaun Suisham's missed 30-yarder did not help.

Play to forget: After the Seahawks took a 21-14 lead, the Redskins still were in OK shape. They started with the ball at their own 46 and plenty of time remaining. But on first down, quarterback Todd Collins lofted a deep out to Santana Moss, who, unfortunately for them, had turned inside and never saw the pass. Seattle's Marcus Trufant did. And he intercepted the pass, returning it 78 yards for the back-breaking touchdown. Jordan Babineaux added his own touchdown return for a score with under a minute remaining.

Play to remember: The 30-yard touchdown pass from Collins to Moss. It gave Washington a 14-13 lead after it had been outplayed for the first three quarters. And it had shades of the Dallas Miracle all over again. But it was short lived.

Difference in the game: Ultimately it was the turnovers. But early on it was Seattle's defensive speed. The Seahawks' front seven was simply much quicker than Washington's. Time and again the Seahawks forced missed blocks by beating the Redskins inside – from Chris Cooley to Stephon Heyer and Jason Fabini. They all had their problems blocking.

Pumped up: Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw 20 yards to D.J. Hackett for the go-ahead touchdown. He pump faked to his right, drawing safety LaRon Landry out of the middle. Hackett, running from the inside left slot, faked outside and Pierson Prioleau bit hard. Hackett turned up and made the easy grab.

Statistically speaking: Washington averaged 2.6 yards on 29 carries. … Punter Derrick Frost averaged 43.5 yards per punt, but only 33 net. And his 33-yarder from his own end zone gave Seattle the ball on the Redskins' 42 with 8:03 to play. The wind was brutal and was in his face, but it was a lousy kick.

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