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Josh Wilson offers opponent’s perspective from Washington’s last postseason game

Josh Wilson (26) was a rookie in Seattle the last time Washington was in the playoffs. (Associated Press)

The last time the Redskins were in the playoffs, they faced the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle after winning their last four regular season games to reach the postseason. But Washington’s road ended in the NFC Wild Card round as they fell 35-14 to Seattle.

Back then, current Redskin Josh Wilson was a rookie cornerback for Seattle, who served as a backup on defense as well as a special teams contributor.

Asked about his memories of the game, Wilson’s initial recollection was one of embarrassment.

“I just remember a kickoff landing in the middle of me and Nick Burleson and you guys recovering it,” Wilson said with a chuckle.

He referred to a fourth-quarter play in which the Redskins kicked off after taking a 14-13 lead with 12:44 left in the game. Shaun Suisham’s kick traveled 54 yards and squirted between Wilson and Burleson, but neither were able to secure the ball. Redskins receiver Anthony Mix recovered the ball at the Seattle 14-yard line, but Washington couldn’t capitalize as Suisham eventually missed a 30-yard field goal.

From there, Washington’s fortunes changed, as Wilson also recalled.

“I do remember [quarterback] Todd Collins throwing two pick-sixes that helped Seattle seal the game,” he said of two fourth-quarter Collins interceptions that were both returned for touchdowns.

Both teams have gone through a great deal of change, noted Wilson, who spent two more seasons in Seattle before playing one season for Baltimore and then signing with the Redskins last year.

Wilson said he expects a better outcome for the Redskins this time around.

“We have a little better quarterback than Collins back there now,” Wilson said. “I think we’re going to have a better game than that.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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Mike Jones · January 1, 2013