8 a.m. EST: In the year of the rookie quarterback, one of the best matchups of the first round of the NFL playoffs pits two Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates against one another.
Russell Wilson and his Seattle Seahawks head to Washington, D.C., to face Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. Both teams are among the hottest in all of football, and much praise deserves to be heaped on those young QBs.
The Seahawks are coming off a five-game winning streak to end their regular season. That run includes two 50-point performances, against the Cardinals and Bills. Perhaps their most impressive victory of the season, though, was a 42-13 drubbing of the 49ers on national television in Week 16.
The Redskins have an even more impressive streak to end their season — seven straight wins. Washington may not have had the same high-powered victories of their foes, but Griffin and fellow rookie Alfred Morris have been powering the Redskins’ offense through the NFC East week after week to squeak into the playoffs.
Griffin faces perhaps his toughest matchup in the league on Sunday, though, when he has to do battle against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks’ impressive defense. Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension for allegedly violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and he will frustrate quarterbacks in the playoffs as long as Seattle stays alive.
The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m., but stay glued to NESN.com for all the updates and analysis leading up to the game.