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Wilson, Seahawks top Redskins 24-14; RG3 hurt

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Wilson, Seahawks top Redskins 24-14; RG3 hurt

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Either way, a rookie quarterback was going to make it to the second round of the playoffs. The losing team would go home disappointed, but with the knowledge that its rookie did more than enough to prove that bright days are ahead.

If it only it were that tidy.

The first part still holds. Russell Wilson is indeed the last rookie QB standing in the NFL's postseason, having led the Seattle Seahawks to a 24-14 win Sunday over the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins, however, won't be completely at ease until they've learned the full extent of Robert Griffin III's latest knee injury. He kept playing hurt until he finally went down for good in the fourth quarter, and his teammates can only hope it's something that can heal completely in the offseason and not prevent RG3 from being his old self next fall.

``You know he is such a huge player in our offense,'' Washington Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams said. ``And for him not to be 100 percent healthy kind of hurt us.''

Griffin was scheduled for an MRI, while Wilson and his teammates will be back on the East Coast next Sunday for a game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks have a five-game winning streak and their first road playoff win since December 1983, while the Redskins ended a seven-game winning run that gave them their first division title since 1999.

``I'm done referring to Russell as a rookie,'' Seattle receiver Golden Tate said. ``He's not playing like a rookie, doesn't act like a rookie. We're 17 games in, he's not a rookie no more.''

The Redskins feel the same about Griffin, to the point that coach Mike Shanahan gave the quarterback plenty of leeway to keep playing even when it was clear all was not well. Griffin had already been hindered in two games since spraining the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee about a month ago, and he looked especially gimpy after falling awkwardly while throwing an incomplete pass in the first quarter Sunday.

``He said, `Hey, trust me. I want to be in there, and I deserve to be in there,''' Shanahan said. ``I couldn't disagree with him.''

Shanahan said he'll probably second-guess himself over his decision. It was certainly open to question after Griffin's knee buckled while he was trying to field a bad shotgun snap in the fourth quarter. Griffin was in such pain he didn't even try to recover the loose ball. It was his last snap of the season.

``I think I did put myself at more risk,'' Griffin said. ``But every time you get on the field, you're putting yourself on the line.''

Even if Shanahan had tried to pull Griffin before that, the quarterback says he would have rebelled.

``I probably would have been right back out there on the field,'' Griffin said. ``You respect authority, and I respect coach Shanahan. But at the same time, you have to step up and be a man, sometimes. There was no way I was coming out of that game.''

The injury essentially clinched the outcome. The Seahawks had just taken a 21-14 lead on a 27-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch and a 2-point conversion with 7:08 remaining. It was Griffin's turn to try to drive for a tie. Instead, the fumble gave the ball right back to Seattle and set up an easy insurance field goal.

Lynch finished with 132 yards on 20 carries, and Wilson completed 15 of 26 passes for 187 yards and ran eight times for 67 yards. The defense recovered after digging a 14-0 first-quarter hole - Seattle's biggest deficit of the season - and held the Redskins scoreless the rest of the way.

``It was only two touchdowns, but it's still a big comeback and, in this setting and the crowd, it's a marvelous statement about the guys' resolve,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

The day began with three rookie quarterbacks in the playoffs, but Andrew Luck was eliminated when Indianapolis lost to Baltimore.

A significant concern for the Seahawks is defensive Chris Clemons, their best pass rusher, who hurt his left knee in the third quarter and did not return. He also was scheduled for an MRI.

``We're concerned about it,'' Carroll said.

The Seahawks started their rally with three consecutive scoring drives to pull within a point, 14-13, at halftime. Steven Hauschka, who injured his left calf during the first half and had to relinquish kickoff duties, nevertheless sandwiched field goals of 32 and 29 yards around a 4-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Michael Robinson.

The Seahawks controlled the second half, but one drive came up empty when Lynch fumbled at Washington's 1-yard line and another ended in a punt deep in Redskins territory rather than a long field goal attempt by an injured kicker.

Lynch finally produced the go-ahead score, however, and the Seahawks will carry on with their third-round rookie QB.

``Despite the fact that we have a `nobody' team,'' Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said, ``a team not full of first-rounders and things like that, we have a lot of guys that play at a high level.''

NOTES: Washington had 129 yards in the first quarter and 74 for the rest of the game. Griffin was 6 for 9 for 68 yards and two touchdowns after 15 minutes; he was 4 for 10 for 16 yards with one interception the rest of the way. ``It was hard to watch RG3 tonight,'' Carroll said. ``It was hard on him. He was freaking gallant.'' ... Redskins LG Kory Lichtensteiger re-injured his sprained left ankle in the first quarter. ... Redskins LT Trent Williams shoved Sherman in the face as the teams met on the field after the final whistle. ``It was a dirty move by Trent Williams,'' Sherman said. Williams took responsibility and said he acted in an ``immature manner.'' Later, Sherman tweeted that he received ``a very classy text'' message from Williams and there's ``no ill will either way.''

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Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years

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Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years

Upsets get a lot of attention in March, due to the allure of the NCAA Tournament and the non-allure of everyone who loves to talk about how THEY CALLED that upset that YOU DIDN'T.

With that being said, upsets happen every month of the year, and they go down weekly in the NFL. So, how about we look back at some of the Redskins' particularly surprising wins from the past decade?

Here are five of the most memorable. 

5) 2014 - Redskins 27, Eagles 24

The Eagles came into FedEx Field late in 2014 with a 9-5 record needing a win to remain squarely in the playoff hunt. The Redskins, meanwhile, were just 3-11 and had changed quarterbacks a depressing five times.

Yet in this matchup, Robert Griffin III managed the offense well and DeSean Jackson had more than 120 receiving yards against his former team because DeSean Jackson is awesome.

Yes, the 'Skins were outproduced in nearly every major stat category. But Mark Sanchez — sorry, future Redskin great Mark Sanchez — had two costly turnovers and Cody Parkey missed two field goals (Philly fans have probably forgiven him by now), allowing the home team to squeak out a W.

4) 2009 - Redskins 27, Broncos 17

This is one of those random Redskins games you've probably forgotten about because it came in a lost season, but it was still a miraculous victory.

The most iconic play from this one was a Hunter Smith to Mike Sellers TD on a fake field goal — a fake, mind you, that came after a timeout by Jim Zorn because the unit's first fake punt attempt included only 10 players on the field.

Denver was 6-2 but lost Kyle Orton to injury at halftime. Jason Campbell, on the other hand, helped the Burgundy and Gold score more than 17 points for the first time all year.

"We've had a desert experience -- very arid, if you will -- for the last few weeks," Zorn said postgame. "So to be able to come out with a win, you almost don't know how to feel."

The Zorn Era was terrible, but you have to give the dude credit for working "very arid" into an NFL press conference.

3) 2012 - Redskins 40, Saints 32

There was plenty of hype surrounding RG3's debut, but there was no way he was going to lead the Redskins to a win over the Saints... in his debut... in the Superdome... right?

Wrong. Incorrect. Not right.

Griffin found Pierre Garcon early for an 88-yard score and the offense stayed hot all afternoon, outpacing a New Orleans squad that was favored by more than a touchdown. If you want a further reminder of how impressive this effort was, look back at what happened to this franchise in the Superdome this past season. 

2) 2014 - Redskins 20, Cowboys 17

Dallas' six-game winning streak stood no chance against Colt McCoy, as the Texas legend went into the Cowboys' house for a wild Monday Night triumph.

Kai Forbath's field goal sealed it in overtime and Bashaud Breeland dominated Dez Bryant, but McCoy was the star. On the way to his first successful start in close to three seasons, the signal caller went 25 for 30 in the air and found the end zone on the ground, too.

1) 2017 - Redskins 17, Seahawks 14

If someone in your life thinks they can't do something, just pull up the box score or highlights from this contest. They will then realize that nothing is impossible, because the Redskins beating the Seahawks on this Sunday should've been impossible, yet it somehow happened anyway.

Washington went into Seattle's harsh environment down six starters, including three on the O-line, but Kirk Cousins kept things together and found Brian Quick and Josh Doctson for long completions on a harrowing last drive to steal this result. It wasn't quite UMBC over Virginia, but it was absolutely a stunning final nonetheless. 

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With nine games left, where do the Wizards stand in the East and NBA Draft Lottery?

With nine games left, where do the Wizards stand in the East and NBA Draft Lottery?

At the beginning of the week, the Washington Wizards had 12 games left on the schedule and needed to win a minimum of eight or nine of those games if they hoped to make the playoffs.

It’s Thursday night and Washington’s loss to the Jazz makes three in a row.

With nine games left on the schedule, where do they stand in the East postseason race and the draft lottery order?

Eastern Conference Standings

Losing three-straight games hasn’t actually dropped the Wizards from the 11th spot in the East, where they’ve hovered the last couple weeks. For that they can thank the tanking Atlanta Hawks.

Don’t think those L’s aren’t costing Washington, though. In the same span of time, the 8-seed Heat have won three in a row.

Now Bradley Beal and Co. are a full six games out of the final playoff spot with nine games to go. They also trail Orlando (34-38) in ninth and Charlotte (32-39) in 10th.

They’re not absolutely, certainly, 100-percent eliminated from playoff contention, but they must win every game left.

Even that might not be enough.

NBA Draft Lottery

Back-to-back-to-back losses took a major toll on whatever playoff hopes Washington had left. For a silver lining, look no further than the team’s draft lottery position.

The Wizards started the week ninth in the draft lottery order, which gave them 20.3 percent odds of scoring a top-four pick (preferably in the form of a Duke freshman or Ja Morant). That ninth spot also carries a 4.5 percent chance at the top-overall pick.

While the Wiz kids were busy dropping 3 games, the two teams immediately ahead of them in the lottery order had better luck.

The Grizzlies won their only game so far this week, while the Pelicans won one of two.

Those results dropped New Orleans to number nine, boosted Washington to number eight and left them tied with Memphis at 15.5 games out of number one in the lottery order (though Memphis’s win percentage is fractionally lower and keeps them in seventh).

If the Wizards can pass the Grizzlies and climb into seventh, that’s a big deal in terms of lottery odds. Simulating the drawing, the ninth-place team gets a top-four pick once in every five simulations. The seventh-place team gets a top-four pick once in every three simulations.

Look Ahead

Washington can’t lose another game if they want to make the playoffs. This is literally must-win territory.

Even winning out is no guarantee they’ll advance to the postseason.

Up next, Washington hosts Miami at home on Saturday, followed by a West Coast road trip the following week.

Games to Watch

Heat at Wizards, Saturday 7 PM

Timberwolves at Grizzlies, Saturday 8 PM

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