Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Seattle Dominates Second Half The Seattle Seahawks came into Sunday’s Wild Card match-up riding high, as did the Washington Redskins. After a week of off-field trash talking it finally came time to lace ‘em up. And just as expected, things got chippy early on. The post whistle activities were in abundance on the torn up grass at FedEx Field. There were many great personal battles to watch, including the chess match between Carroll and Shanahan. Here’s a look at some of the key reasons the Hawks rallied to leave the nation’s capital with a huge W.  Seattle Defense The old saying “bend but don’t break” was very appropriate Sunday afternoon for Seattle’s stingy D. The first quarter was literally a nightmare for Hawks fans. RG3 and the Skins just marched up-and-down the field, utilizing the strong rookie RB Alfred Morris, and allowing the play action pass to get guys open over the middle. Wilson helped lead the comeback against the Redskins. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/Washington Times) The quick 14 point onslaught was a nerve wrecking start to any game, let alone a road playoff game. But things settled down in the second quarter and the Hawks got back to their run-stopping and ball-hawking tendencies. After the Skins’ 14 unanswered, Seattle’s defense shut down Griffin and forced a turnover leading to 13 straight Seahawk points heading into the locker room at the half. And into the second half they just elevated it from there. Guys like Richard Sherman and K.J. Wright started throwing their weight around and playing that smash mouth Seahawks defense. Seattle finished the regular season allowing the league’s least points per game, and stayed true to that giving up just 14 to a very good Redskins offense. Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch has emerged to be so much more than just the bruising runner he is typically identified as. I mean, he still pounds away at those defenders all game long, wearing them down, then breaking a big one late. But he has proven lately he also possesses soft hands, nimble feet, and a great football IQ. A great example Sunday was the broken hand-off play where the ball popped loose between Russell Wilson and Lynch, nearly resulting in a devastating turnover. Instead, Marshawn, with his head on a swivel, noticed the fallen pigskin and scooped it up with one hand, then tip toed down the sideline for a first down. Then, of course, Beast Mode did more of what most fans are accustomed to… he rumbled. Against a physical Washington defense, Lynch held his own, and then some. He finished the game with an impressive 132 yards off 20 carries with one rushing touchdown. Russell Wilson This kid is simply amazing. In the face of pressure and a hostile playoff environment, he stepped up like a seasoned veteran and delivered another rock solid performance. The battle of rookie QBs was a hot topic going into Sunday’s game, but Wilson seemed to have no interest in who is the better pivot. His only concern week-in and week-out is winning. He is exactly the type of player this team needed to get to this next level in the post season. While RG3′s unfortunate injury certainly hindered his performance, Wilson proved he was the better quarterback on that field. Wilson displays great fundamentals, a strong arm, and very quick and able legs. But what sets him apart is his heart and will to win. Never was it more evident than when Marshawn Lynch was rumbling down the field, and Wilson ran past him to throw a block near the goal line setting up the touchdown. Wilson the winner struck again. It was a total team effort for the Hawks, including a great game called by Pete Carroll with lots of blitzing and pressure. This was Seattle’s first road playoff victory since 1983. Let’s hope they make it two straight down in HotLanta this coming weekend. Go Hawks! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

MLBPA reacts to Kris Bryant's minor league assignment

Gregg Marshall's show canceled, Bama speculation grows

Report: Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas

Report: Rick Barnes expected to land at Tennessee

Demaryius Thomas planning to skip Broncos' workouts

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rockets GM: We think we can win NBA title despite injuries

Browns GM Ray Farmer suspended over text messages

Aaron Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box after murder

Byron Scott: Opposing players say they want to play for Lakers

Falcons reportedly will lose pick over pumping in crowd noise

Report: Sam Bradford wouldn't sign extension with Browns

WATCH: Stars' Patrik Nemeth catches puck inside visor

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

University of California soccer player found dead

Joe Namath parties with twin 100 year-old women

WATCH: Mike Napoli hits home run as bat shatters

WATCH: Marc Gasol misses shot, rips jersey in disgust

PHOTO: Minor league team to wear Jabba the Hutt jerseys

Lions LB DeAndre Levy takes ride on top of a moving plane

Colts owner addresses Indiana religious freedom bill

John Calipari addresses controversial ND comments

Arizona coach Sean Miller rips critics: 'Go cheer for ASU'

Report: NFL could push extra point back to 15-yard line

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Report: Shaka Smart talking to Texas

Rick Barnes to land at Tennessee?

Browns GM suspended for texts

Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box

Mayweather-Pacquiao: It's sparring tall-tale season

The MLBPA has a problem

Final Four preview: Can every team win?

Full WrestleMania 31 recap and results

Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.