Russell Wilson jogged toward the Seattle huddle, fist shut tight for bumps all around, and beckoned everyone to come even closer together. A sloppy Monday night had brought his Seahawks closer to disaster than many expected, so now, with the fourth quarter winding down and a one-score lead suddenly threatened, Wilson arrived bearing calm.

He had built a career on the unexpected plays, like the lasers that made him a Super Bowl champion earlier this year, and here, with third down near midfield, four yards to go, unfolded the latest escape act. Surrounded by three Redskins rushers, a fourth waiting to swat the pass, Wilson somehow spun around, danced sideways and threw off his back foot a perfect loft to Marshawn Lynch, whose 30-yard gain sealed a 27-17 victory .

“That play at the end of the game was unlike anything I’ve seen in a while,” said Redskins Coach Jay Gruden, whose brother, Jon, echoed something similar on the ESPN telecast. “He’s a heck of a player.”

The Seahawks had flown here crowned kings of the dark, owners of the league’s best record on “Monday Night Football,” winners of 10 of 11 in prime time under Coach Pete Carroll.

They were the defending Super Bowl champions, backed by the familiar jerseys of visiting fans speckled throughout the crowd, demonstrative enough for Lynch to sport a high-altitude mask — underneath headphones and a knit beanie — during warmups, yet dominating enough for the opening touchdown drive to cover 65 yards over a brisk 2 minutes and 16 seconds.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did a little of everything for his team on Monday night, including rushing for 212 yards on 11 carries. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

That sequence, which ended with a 15-yard pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, was Wilson as his most dangerous, improvising scrambles for gains of 18 and 29 yards. He finished with 122 rushing yards, a career high, on 11 carries, some designed bootlegs, others created on the fly.

“We knew coming in he was going to have a chance to pull it,” wide receiver Percy Harvin said, pointing to the aggression of Washington’s pass rushers, the same aggression Wilson later parlayed into his last-ditch heave to Lynch.

Two years ago in the NFC divisional playoffs, beating the Redskins at FedEx Field spring-boarded Seattle — and by proxy Wilson — into the NFL’s elite. For some time Monday, it looked like nothing had changed. The Seahawks’ offense motored down the field, building a 17-0 lead before halftime — self-inflicted wounds the only barrier between them and a blowout.

“It could’ve been a very big night for us,” Carroll said.

Remove the 13 penalties, three of which negated touchdowns by Harvin, and Wilson might have ended with an all-time performance beneath the lights. Even so, he completed 18 of 24 attempts for 201 yards, two scores and a 127.3 passer rating, delivering each time Seattle needed a boost.

“Marvelous” is how Carroll later described his quarterback. Also “phenomenal.”

“He was everywhere,” Carroll said. “Did everything we could’ve asked. . . . He’s smarter, more in command of everything.

Despite 13 penalties against the Seattle Seahawks and several great plays by Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson, the Redskins were still defeated, 27-17. The Washington Post's Gene Wang and Keith McMillan reveal the team's shortcomings. (Kyle Barss/The Washington Post)

“This is the guy we’ve been winning with.”