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Memories Of Playoff Losses At Seattle Follow Redskins Into Wild Card Game

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Josh Wilson watched the ball sail between himself and Nate Burleson and felt completely helpless.


The fourth quarter of the Washington Redskins’ playoff game at Seattle in 2008 was notable for a few reasons – perhaps none more than the two interceptions thrown by Todd Collins, which Seahawks defenders returned for touchdowns in a 35-14 Seattle victory.

But Wilson, then a cornerback with Seattle and now in his second season with the Redskins, pointed to a play early in that quarter that confused both teams. Shaun Suisham’s kickoff fell short, bounced near the 30-yard line and was scooped up by Washington receiver Anthony Mix, who took it into the end zone.

“But you couldn’t advance it, and we [missed] a field goal out of that … and then all of a sudden we were down by two scores again,” defensive end Kedric Golston said.

Each of the Redskins’ previous two playoff appearances ended with losses at Seattle – not only the defeat in 2008, which ended a run to the 2007 season following the death of Sean Taylor, and also a 20-10 loss following the 2005 season in the divisional round.

Only two players currently on the Redskins – Chris Cooley and Santana Moss – remain from that first game. Five others – Golston, Lorenzo Alexander, London Fletcher, Reed Doughty and Chris Wilson are still on the team after the second game.

Both games were tough for the Redskins. Running back Shaun Alexander, later named the NFL’s MVP, left the first game early with a concussion. Carlos Rogers had a chance to return an interception for a touchdown but dropped it, and fullback Mack Strong ran 32 yards – the longest run of his career – to allow the Seahawks to retain possession late and win the game.

In 2008, the Redskins were up 14-13 before the missed 30-yard field goal and the pair of interceptions.

That was something Josh Wilson also had no problem remembering.

“We have a little better quarterback than Collins back there now,” he said. “I think we’re going to have a better game than that.”