Redskins

Redskins

When you think of Redskins rivals, the three other NFC East teams come to mind immediately.

But after the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles, who else has been a thorn in the side of Washington? Recently, at least, the Seahawks are one such team.

So, before the 'Skins and the 'Hawks face off again this weekend, let's take a look back at their series history.

Timeline: Redskins vs. Seahawks

The First Time: Redskins 31, Seahawks 7, September 19, 1976, RFK Stadium—A Jake Scott interception set up a short Mike Thomas touchdown run to give the Redskins the early lead en route to thumping the first-year Seahawks. Seattle didn’t manage to get out of its own territory until midway through the third quarter.

The Last Time:  Seahawks 27, Redskins 17, October 6, 2014, FedEx Field—Seahawks QB Russell Wilson passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 122 and a TD. The Redskins had a late chance when a TD pass from Kirk Cousins to Andre Roberts cut the lead to 24-17 with three and a half minutes left. But the Seahawks ground out a clock-killing drive and kicked a clinching field goal.

The Best Time:  Redskins 29, Seahawks 0, December 23, 1989, Kingdome—With both the Redskins and Seahawks eliminated from playoff contention in the season finale, the headline for this game was that it would be the swan song for Seattle’s Steve Largent. At the time, Largent held the receivers’ career Triple Crown, the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches.

 

The Redskins’ defense was determined to honor one if its own, less noted stalwarts, who was also retiring after the game: longtime middle linebacker Neal Olkewicz. The unit did that in style. Largent was held to just two catches, Fred Stokes sacked Seattle quarterback Dave Krieg in the end zone for a safety, Seattle gained just 26 yards rushing and the Redskins forced four turnovers on the way to the shutout.

Washington’s offense showed up to play as well. Ernest Byner scored twice on runs of two and eight yards and Mark Rypien had a nice 44-yard touchdown pass to Gary Clark. The name of the game for the Redskins was ball control as they pounded out a time of possession edge of 42 minutes to 18.

The Worst Time: Seahawks 24, Redskins 14, January 6, 2013, FedEx Field—The Redskins jumped out to a 14-0 lead in this wild card playoff game and, well, you probably have blocked out the rest so I don’t need to remind you.

Series Odds and Ends:

—The Redskins lead the all-time regular-season series 11-5 but Seattle has a 3-0 advantage in the playoffs.
—Seattle was a step away from playing Washington in Super Bowl XVIII. They faced the Raiders in the 1983 AFC Championship game, but they couldn’t beat them for the third time that year as Los Angeles advanced to the Super Bowl. One has to wonder if the 'Skins could have fared better against the Seahawks than they would have against the Raiders, who won 38-9.