Although he was penalized for unnecessary roughness and might eventually be fined by the NFL for the play, Seattle's Marcus Robertson rocked Darnerien McCants on his first-quarter touchdown catch with a high tackle.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Redskins' Rashad Bauman clotheslined Seattle's Maurice Morris's return.
Redskins running back Kenny Watson rushed for 110 yards on 23 carries, replacing the injured Stephen Davis, albeit against the worst rushing defense in the NFL. Watson also had four receptions for 42 yards.
TV replays showed that Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck fumbled deep in Washington territory late in the first half after being hit by David Terrell, but officials ruled him down by contact. The non-call led to Rian Lindell's 23-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter.
Worst Defensive Play
Seattle's effort on Rod Gardner's 19-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was worthy of a team with a 2-6 record. On third and 10, the Seahawks allowed the Redskins' leading receiver to catch a pass in the slot and race into the end zone virtually untouched.
Safety Sam Shade's sack of Hasselbeck caused a fumble that Daryl Gardener recovered at the Redskins 47 with 5 minutes 21 seconds left in the first half.
Quarterback Shane Matthews, backing away from a stiff rush, tried to get a pass through triple coverage to wide receiver Jacquez Green, but defensive end Antonio Cochran intercepted with 3:20 to go in the first half.
Best Steve Spurrier Imitation
With his team facing fourth and two at the Redskins 2 trailing 14-3 late in the second quarter, Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren, like Spurrier had done a week earlier, passed up a chip-shot field goal and went for it. And like Spurrier, Holmgren failed when Bruce Smith sacked Hasselbeck for a nine-yard loss.
Best Veteran Effort
Smith had two sacks, one that caused a fumble, and a key tackle of Shaun Alexander to prevent a first down and a big play on a third-down screen pass with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter.
Best Block by a Quarterback
Hasselbeck knocked down LaVar Arrington (okay, Hasselbeck fell on the ground and Arrington tripped over him) to clear room for Alexander, who had reversed field on a fourth-quarter run.
Best (Un) Spurrier Moment
With the Redskins needing a touchdown to put away the game midway through the fourth quarter, Spurrier called six consecutive running plays. And when he finally called a pass, Matthews threw an incompletion on third down and the Redskins had to punt. For the game, the Redskins ran the ball 29 times and passed 27.
Redskins linebacker Jeremiah Trotter was called for pass interference on a fourth-and-eight play from the Seattle 43 while trying to cover Alexander. After the automatic first down, the Seahawks reached the Washington 15 but couldn't score as Hasselbeck was stopped on a fourth-down scramble with 2:41 to play. Seattle got the ball back for only one more play.
-- From Staff Reports