The 2012 Washington Redskins season, which began with a lot of hope, sank to mediocrity then rose to a championship level with a NFC East title, ended with a disappointing 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card game at FedEx Field.
The Redskins treated the largest crowd to see a home playoff game in team history (84,325) to one quarter of brilliance as the Redskins dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage en route to scoring 14 points in the first quarter. However, the Seahawks found their rhythm in the second quarter and their play, coupled with Redskins injuries, allowed the Seahawks to score 24 unanswered points.
The most concern was for quarterback Robert Griffin III who reinjured his knee in the first quarter and was hobbled for the rest of the game. The focal point of Head Coach Mike Shanahan's post-game press conference was whether Griffin was allowed to stay in the game too long.
"This was a very tough decision but I had to go with my gut," Shanahan said. "Sometimes, my gut is wrong, but I talked to Robert throughout the game and he said 'give me a chance to win the game.' He said he was hurt, not injured."
Griffin told reporters that fighting through the injury was part of the job he has to do.
"My job is to be out there if I can play," Griffin said. "I don't think me being out there hurt the team in any way."
However, when asked if Griffin put himself at risk for further injuries, Griffin agreed, saying "I probably did put myself in more risk but there's a risk you take anytime you step between those white lines. You risk your life, your career...There was no way I was coming out of that game."
Neverthele, Shanahan was proud of his team after this game, and a 10-6 regular season that saw the Redskins win seven straight in the regular season, after being 3-6 after the bye week.
"Not too many teams play with the character they did in the last few weeks," Shanahan said. "I'm very happy with the direction of this team."