Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson has been on the other side of this Sunday’s wild card round matchup. He was a rookie for the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks in 2007-08 when they ended the Redskins’ season the last time Washington made the playoffs.
The Redskins won four straight that year to earn the last wild card spot, the No. 6 seed, following safety Sean Taylor’s murder that November.
It seemed almost supernatural the way the Redskins responded to that tragedy. But Redskins second-string quarterback Todd Collins crashed back to Earth in a 35-14 loss that January afternoon in Seattle. After replacing injured starter Jason Campbell at the start of the winning streak, he threw two interceptions that Seattle returned for touchdowns. They thwarted the Redskins’ spirited second-half push.
“I just remember a kickoff landing in the middle of me and Nate Burleson and you guys recovering it,” Wilson recalled Monday. “I do remember Todd Collins throwing two pick-6’s that helped… Seattle seal the game.”
Having been with the Redskins for two seasons now and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III for one, Wilson expects a different outcome on Sunday afternoon.
“We have a little better quarterback than Collins back there now,” he said. “I think we’re going to have a better game than that.”
Oh, and don’t forget this happened between Wilson and Santana Moss the following year.