American Football - NFL-Seahawks beat Redskins to reach second round of playoffs

LANDOVER, Maryland, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The visiting Seattle Seahawks overcame a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to defeat the Washington Redskins 24-14 and reach the second round of the National Football League playoffs on Sunday.


Seattle's Russell Wilson outdueled Robert Griffin III in the celebrated clash of outstanding rookie quarterbacks, but the dynamic Redskins' signal caller was hampered by a knee injury and forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter.

After a pair of four-yard touchdown passes by Griffin on Washington's first two possessions, Seattle's defense shut them down the rest of the way and Wilson brought the Seahawks back to 14-13 by halftime and added 11 points in the fourth quarter for the victory.

It was the first road playoff victory for the Seahawks in 30 years and propelled them to a divisional round clash against the NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 13. (Reporting by Ros Krasny, writing by Larry Fine in New York, Editing by ......)

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