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Redskins Face Seattle In Divisional Playoffs

The Redskins are headed to Seattle! With Washington's 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, the Redskins will play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional playoff round.

The game will be held at Qwest Field in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 4:30 p.m. ET. It will be the first time ever that the Redskins and Seahawks will face each other in the postseason.

The Seahawks, 13-3 in the regular season, are the top seed in the NFC playoffs.

In Week 4, on Oct. 2, the Redskins defeated the Seahawks 20-17 at FedExField. Washington built 14-3 and 17-10 leads, but had to fend off a late rally by the Seahawks.

The Redskins won in overtime 20-17 when rookie kicker Nick Novak nailed a game-winning 39-yard field goal.

The Seahawks, coached by Mike Holmgren, had a chance to win the game in regulation when Seattle cornerback Kelly Herndon intercepted a tipped pass, giving the Seahawks the ball at the Redskins' 34-yard line. Kicker Josh Brown came in to attempt a 47-yard field goal, but the ball plunked off the left crossbar.

In overtime, the Redskins won the coin toss and marched downfield on 11 plays, never letting the Seahawks have a chance on offense. Two key plays stood out: quarterback Mark Brunell's 18-yard scramble on third down and Santana Moss's 30-yard reception, also on third down.

Brunell was impressive in the win, completing 20-of-36 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked twice. Clinton Portis rushed for 90 yards on 25 carries, while Moss had six catches for 87 yards.

Seattle boasts the league's MVP in Shaun Alexander, who finished with 1,880 rushing yards on 370 carries and 27 touchdowns. He added one receiving touchdown to set the league's single-season mark for TDs. The six-year NFL veteran played alongside Redskins' left tackle Chris Samuels and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin at Alabama.

The Redskins kept Alexander in check most of the Week 4 game, but he ripped off a 34-yard run late in the third quarter to set up his 3-yard touchdown run. Then in the fourth quarter, his 17-yard scamper helped set up another touchdown. Alexander finished with 98 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was 26-of-38 for 242 yards and one touchdown. Bobby Engram was the top receiver with nine catches for 106 yards, while Darrell Jackson had seven receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown.

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