- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 5, 2008

Two years ago, Kevin Miller and his daughter, Ashleigh, flew cross-country to watch their beloved Washington Redskins finish the season with a rain-marred playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Undeterred and inspired by their team’s four-game winning streak, the pair are making the trip back to Seattle for this afternoon’s NFC Wild Card Playoff game.

“I feel the Redskins have a better shot than they did last time,” said Mr. Miller, a technology executive from Purcellville, Va., who paid $384 for two end-zone seats. “They’re just hitting on all cylinders. They’re peaking at the right time.”

The Millers are part of a modest but loyal contingent of area Redskins fans who are showing their devotion by shelling out hundreds of dollars for last-minute airfare, hotel reservations and tickets to the matchup against the NFC West champion Seahawks.

Some have managed to find relatively cheap plane tickets and hotel reservations using the Internet. Some are using the occasion to cash in thousands of frequent-flier miles. Others are eschewing financial restraint altogether. But they view it as a worthwhile sacrifice to see the next step in what has become one of the most emotional seasons in Redskins history.

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