It was a week 17 match up consisting of two teams scratching their way towards an NFC East division title. The Washington Redskins were victorious against the Dallas Cowboys, in maybe the most highly anticipated game of the 2012 NFL season. It was a game where both teams were fully aware that if they were to lose, their season was over. With that said, this was considered a playoff game itself.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys, once again, failed to win when it mattered most. Dallas will be criticized throughout the off-season for their performance Sunday night, however I think the Redskins deserve to be given their credit, because credit is due.
They were 3-6 and many counted them out at that point and time, maybe even coach Mike Shanahan himself. However, they bounced back after a bye week, and rallied to win seven straight games. It takes confidence, focus and determination in order to achieve something so great. The Sunday night victory gives the Redskins their first NFC East crown since 1999 and only their third playoff trip in the last 12 years.
Due to his lingering knee injury, Robert Griffin III has yet to look as explosive as he once was this season. But the Redskins have a guy by the name of Alfred Morris in the backfield that just continues to fascinate us. Washington leaned on the rookie running back as he carried the ball 33 times, and gained 200 yards for three touchdowns Sunday night. With 1,613 yards on the season, he also surpassed the Redskins single-season rushing record of 1,516 yards set by Clinton Portis in 2005.
Washington will need Morris to continue his strong, aggressive running against an elite Seattle Seahawks defense during their wildcard game Sunday. RGIII seems healthier by the week, but Morris has steadily been the engine to make this Redskins offense go.
The season starts over now for the Redskins. It is win or go home on a weekly basis. It will all start Sunday evening in the nation’s capital, as the Redskins host their first home playoff game since 1999.
Redskins columnist/Josiah Turner