The Seattle Seahawks rallied with three
touchdowns, two on interception returns, in the fourth quarter to
defeat the Washington Redskins 35-14 in an NFC wild-card game.
Matt Hasselbeck hit D.J. Hackett with a 20-yard scoring pass for
one score. Marcus Trufant and Jordan Babineaux picked off Todd
Collins' first interceptions in a decade, returning them for
touchdowns to make the final 21-point margin a bit deceiving. The
Redskins led 14-13 early in the fourth quarter.
Hasselbeck finished 20-of-32 for 229 yards, one touchdown and
one interception. The interception by LaRon Landry, who took over
at free safety after Redskin Sean Taylor's death, set up another TD
that gave Washington a 14-13 lead with 12:38 to play.
But two Washington special teams gaffes revived the Seahawks.
Shaun Suisham was wide left on a field goal from 30 yards after
Seattle returner Nate Burleson misjudged a kickoff that was
recovered by the Redskins. Then a 33-yard punt by Derrick Frost
gave Seattle good field position to set up the go-ahead touchdown.
Seattle will travel to Green Bay next Saturday in what could be
called the Mike Holmgren Bowl. The current Seahawks coach formerly
coached the Packers, leading them to one Super Bowl.