Eight weeks ago, the Washington Redskins looked like a team going absolutely nowhere.The team was 3-6 heading into the bye week and faced a verbal challenge from their head coach.
The Redskins not only accepted the challenge but showed character throughout the next eight weeks culminating in a seven-game winning streak, a 10-6 record and clinching their first NFC East championship since 1999 with a 28-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in front of a raucous crowd of 82,845 at FedEx Field. The Redskins will host the Seattle Seahawks in a wild card playoff game at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6.
The Redskins offense ran roughshod over the Dallas defense for 274 yards, including 200 yards and three touchdowns from rookie running back Alfred Morris. Morris set two team records for most touchdowns by a rookie (13) and most yards gained in a season (1,613).
Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan strode into the post-game interview room clutching onto his new "Redskins NFC East Champions" hat and wasted no time giving praise to his players.
"I'm extremely proud of our football team," Shanahan said. "To fight for seven weeks in the way they did proves who they are and is a tribute to the character of this football team."
The Redskins and Seahawks are the two hottest teams in the NFC.The Seahawks (11-5) have won five straight and seven of their last eight. The Seahawks also finished the home portion of their scheduled undefeated (8-0) with a 20-13 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Both teams have outstanding rookie quarterbacks.Russell Wilson has thrown 26 touchdowns and both Wilson and Robert Griffin III have surpassed the previous rookie QB Rating record set by Ben Roethlisberger of 98.1 in 2004. Griffin has the highest rating in rookie history at 102.4 while Wilson finished at 100.0.
The Seahawks also boast a strong running attack led by Marshawn Lynch who rushed for 1590 yards and 11 touchdowns.The two teams also have playoff history. The Seahawks defeated the Redskins in 2005 and 2006.However, both games were played in Seattle.