Sunday, January 6, 2013
Lynch, Seahawks' option overwhelming
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Washington Redskins-Seattle Seahawks matchup looked like it was going to be a lopsided affair after the first 11 minutes.
But after an early boost by Robert Griffin III, the Redskins' offense sputtered. The Seahawks dominated both sides of the ball in snapping their eight-game road postseason losing streak.
Here’s a look at some of the key notes from their first road playoff win since beating the Miami Dolphins in 1983.
Elias Sports Bureau Stat of the Game
The Seahawks became the third team that was trailing by at least 14 points at the end of the first quarter to win a playoff game, joining the 1957 Detroit Lions and 2003 Philadelphia Eagles.
Seahawks win on the ground
The Seahawks set a franchise record with 224 rushing yards, which was also the most allowed by the Redskins in a postseason game since Super Bowl XVIII against the Raiders (231).
Marshawn Lynch had 132 of them, tying the Seahawks' single-game postseason record, previously held solely by Shaun Alexander.
Lynch holds two of the top three spots on the Seahawks' all-time list. He had a 131-yard game against the Saints in the 2010 postseason.
It was the most rushing yards Lynch had in any game this season. He also set season highs with 65 yards after first contact and a 3.2 yards after contact per rush average.
The Seahawks had a lot of success with the option, netting 110 yards on 11 option rushes (including Lynch’s game-winning score), with 66 of those yards coming in the second half).
Seattle averaged nearly 8 yards before contact on its option runs, compared to 2.6 yards prior to contact on its other runs.
The Seahawks have the most option rushes (61) and option yards (474) of any team since Week 13.
A closer look at RG III
Griffin had a great first 11 minutes, then struggled the rest of the way after making a throw on the run late in the first quarter.
Griffin was 5-for-8 for 64 yards in the first 11:37 and 5-for-11 for only 21 yards the rest of the game.
Griffin was off target (meaning he either underthrew or overthrew his receiver) on five of his 19 throws. Since returning from his Week 14 injury, Griffin’s off-target rate was 25 percent.
Prior to the injury, Griffin’s off-target rate was only 13 percent, second best in the league.
With Griffin hobbled, the Redskins' offense could not do much. Seattle outgained Washington 371-74 in the final three quarters. The Redskins did not run a play in Seahawks territory in that span. They are the only team to not run an offensive play in opponent territory after the first quarter in any playoff game over the past 10 years.
Wilson was good enough
Russell Wilson became the third rookie quarterback to come back from a halftime deficit to win a playoff game, joining Shaun King and Mark Sanchez.
Wilson finished with 187 passing yards and 67 rushing yards. The last quarterback to hit both benchmarks in a playoff game was Donovan McNabb for the 2003 Eagles.
Lynch’s success on the ground helped Wilson along. Wilson finished 8-for-14 on play-action throws, for 119 yards and a touchdown pass to Michael Robinson.