Seahawks Will Face Redskins

With their 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Washington Redskins now turn their attention to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Redskins will face the Seahawks on Saturday, January 14 at 1:30 PM PST at Qwest Field in a Divisional Round playoff matchup.

Washington began the 2005 NFL playoffs with their win at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium. This victory was typical of many Redskins conquests in that their opportunistic defense played a major part – both Redskins touchdowns were predicated on turnovers. The Redskins went up 7-0 with 8:45 remaining in the first quarter behind a 6-yard touchdown run by Clinton Portis. This occurred one play after LB LaVar Arrington intercepted a Chris Simms pass at the Tampa Bay 27, returning the pick 21 yards. Washington scored their second TD of the first quarter when LB Marcus Washington recovered a fumble by Tampa Bay RB Carnell Williams at the Washington 33-yard line. Washington then lost the ball, which was recovered by safety Sean Taylor, and returned 51 yards to paydirt. Taylor was ejected later in the game by referee Mike Carey for spitting in the face of Tampa Bay RB Michael Pittman. Arrington and Washington both had 10 tackles in the game, and Washington’s defense limited the Bucs to 243 total yards.

Tampa Bay’s defense outdid the Redskins’ D on that front, limiting Washington’s offense to 120 total yards – the fewest yards gained by a playoff winner in NFL history. Washington’s defense sacked Bucs QB Chris Simms three times, picked him off twice, and held off two late-game charges. This game was a nail-biter that could have gone the other way.

No matter, though – the Redskins are an old-school team, and they will take wins wherever and however they can get them. The wins have been coming in bunches for Washington of late, as they have won their last six contests, last losing to the San Diego Chargers in overtime on November 27.

By The Numbers


Seattle NFL Rank

Washington NFL Rank

Total Offense

2nd (5915)

11th (5289)

Passing Offense

13th (3458)

24th (3106)

Rushing Offense

3rd (2457)

7th (2183)

Points Scored

1st (452)

13th (359)

First Downs

2nd (361)

15th(t) (301)

Third-Down Conversion Pct.

14th (39.6)

7th (42.2%)

Fourth-Down Conversion Pct.

1st (87.5%)

11th (54.5)


30th (94 for 846 yards)

21st (108 for 925 yards)

Passer Rating

3rd (96.8)

11th (87.0)

Passing Touchdowns

5th(t) (25)

5th(t) (25)

Rushing Touchdowns

1st (29)

12th (15)

Time of Possession Average

21st (29:17)

5th (31:33)

Total Yards Allowed

16th (5069)

9th (4767)

Passing Yards Allowed

25th (3559)

10th (3081)

Rushing Yards Allowed

5th (1510)

13th (1686)

Points Allowed

7th (271)

9th (293)

First Downs Allowed

17th (295)

3rd (258)

Third-Down Conversion Pct. Allowed

16th (38.0%)

11th (36.5%)

Fourth-Down Conversion Pct. Allowed

26th (63.2%)


Defensive Penalties

22nd (123 for 909 yards)

7th (105 for 879 yards)

Opponent Passer Rating

13th (77.4)

3rd (70.1)

Giveaway/Takeaway Ratio

+9 (24-15)

-4 (22-26)


1st (50.0)

20th(t) (35.0)

Sacks Allowed

5th(t) (27.0)

10th(t) (31.0)

Net Punting Average

27th (36.7)

18th (38.1)

Punt Return Average

30th (5.7)

28th (6.0)

Kickoff Return Average

16th (22.1)

11th (23.2)

Punt Return Average Allowed

18th (8.4)

2nd (4.7)

Kickoff Return Average Allowed

16th (21.7)

4th (20.9)


The Seahawks and Redskins have faced off 13 times since Seattle’s franchise inception in 1976. Washington leads the series 9-4, including the second game in Seahawks history, a 31-7 loss which was the Seahawks’ first ever regular-season road game. Washington also beat Seattle on October 2 of this season at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. That 17-20 defeat put the Seahawks at 2-2 for the season and would be the last loss they’d endure until the regular season finale against Green Bay, when Seattle was playing for little more than Shaun Alexander’s single-season TD record and 2005 rushing title.

Before the 2005 contest, Doug Farrar of Seahawks.NET and Rich Tandler of put together a four-part “Behind Enemy Lines” game preview. You can re-read all four articles below, and look for the postseason version of Doug’s and Rich’s “Behind Enemy Lines” later in the week.

Behind Enemy Lines: Seahawks/Redskins

Part One (9/28/05):

Part Two (9/28/05):

Part Three (9/30/05):

Part Four (9/30/05):

You can read the Seattle and Washington postgame takes here:



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