Decisions questioned as historic season ends with Redskins’ Griffin on bench

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) tries to pick up a fumbled snap in the fourth quarter and injures his leg in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) tries to pick up a fumbled snap in the fourth quarter and injures his leg in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) injures his knee on a bad snap which was recovered by the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) injures his knee on a bad snap which was recovered by the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen (82) bends over to help quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after being injured in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen (82) bends over to help quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after being injured in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) lies injured on the field as trainers look at his knee in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) lies injured on the field as trainers look at his knee in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) sighs as he comes out of the game after injuring his knee on a bad snap which was recovered by the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) sighs as he comes out of the game after injuring his knee on a bad snap which was recovered by the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) sits on the sideline after leaving the game with an injured knee late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) sits on the sideline after leaving the game with an injured knee late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins fans react to a 24 to 14 lose to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins fans react to a 24 to 14 lose to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) scores the go-ahead touchdown on a 27-yard run in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) scores the go-ahead touchdown on a 27-yard run in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • A Washington Redskins fan sits in his seat after the Washington Redskins lose to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A Washington Redskins fan sits in his seat after the Washington Redskins lose to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • A Washington Redskins fan sits in his seat after the Washington Redskins lose to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A Washington Redskins fan sits in his seat after the Washington Redskins lose to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) makes an extra point in the second half against the Washington Redskins in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) makes an extra point in the second half against the Washington Redskins in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins free safety Madieu Williams (41) can't stop Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller (86) from scoring on a two point conversion as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins free safety Madieu Williams (41) can't stop Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller (86) from scoring on a two point conversion as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) charges ahead for an 18 yard gain in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) charges ahead for an 18 yard gain in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • A line coach tries to keep players charged up in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A line coach tries to keep players charged up in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) pats Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) on the head in the huddle in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) pats Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) on the head in the huddle in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) celebrates after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) celebrates after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) for a 5 yard loss in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) for a 5 yard loss in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks to Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks to Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks to his linemen on the sideline in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks to his linemen on the sideline in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs for a first down in the second half against the Washington Redskins in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs for a first down in the second half against the Washington Redskins in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson (26) celebrates after catching a 4 yard touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson (26) celebrates after catching a 4 yard touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins strong safety Cedric Griffin (20) dives for Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) in the second half of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins strong safety Cedric Griffin (20) dives for Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) in the second half of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins free safety Madieu Williams (41) dives for the loose ball against Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) who fumbled in the second half of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins free safety Madieu Williams (41) dives for the loose ball against Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) who fumbled in the second half of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) stands on the sideline and pumps the crowd up in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) stands on the sideline and pumps the crowd up in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) dives for a first down in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) dives for a first down in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59), right, celebrates his sack on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59), right, celebrates his sack on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen (72) drives for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the first half of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen (72) drives for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the first half of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46), right, runs for a 9 yard gain in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46), right, runs for a 9 yard gain in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is hit hard in the fourth quarter and is later taken out with an injury to his knee against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is hit hard in the fourth quarter and is later taken out with an injury to his knee against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) for a loss of 12 yards in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) for a loss of 12 yards in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson (26) in the third quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson (26) in the third quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) intercepts a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) during second quarter action of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) intercepts a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) during second quarter action of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Auguste Remy and his son Dillon, 6, from Gaithersburg, Md., scream while the Redskins are on defense in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Auguste Remy and his son Dillon, 6, from Gaithersburg, Md., scream while the Redskins are on defense in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrables for a 4 yard gain in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrables for a 4 yard gain in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) hauls in a first down reception over Washington Redskins strong safety Cedric Griffin (20) in the second quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) hauls in a first down reception over Washington Redskins strong safety Cedric Griffin (20) in the second quarter of the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is tackled by Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) after a 19 yard scramble as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is tackled by Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) after a 19 yard scramble as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) tests out his injured knee on the sideline after being hit after a touchdown pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) tests out his injured knee on the sideline after being hit after a touchdown pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus (74) helps up Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after being illegally hit while throwing a 4 yard touchdown as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus (74) helps up Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after being illegally hit while throwing a 4 yard touchdown as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is knocked to the ground by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51), who is called for unnecessary roughness after a first quarter touchdown in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is knocked to the ground by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51), who is called for unnecessary roughness after a first quarter touchdown in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen (82) catches a 4 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen (82) catches a 4 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) limps back to the huddle after being hit while throwing in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) limps back to the huddle after being hit while throwing in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) reacts after catching a 10 yard pass for a first down in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) reacts after catching a 10 yard pass for a first down in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is pushed out of bounds after scrabbling in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is pushed out of bounds after scrabbling in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrabbles before being sacked by Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen (72), center, and Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrabbles before being sacked by Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen (72), center, and Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Fans cheer after Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster (22) scores on a 4 yard pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans cheer after Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster (22) scores on a 4 yard pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster (22) halls in the Washington Redskins first touchdown in the first quarter on a pass by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) in the NFC wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster (22) halls in the Washington Redskins first touchdown in the first quarter on a pass by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) in the NFC wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster (22) scores on a 4 yard pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster (22) scores on a 4 yard pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles for a 3 yard gain in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles for a 3 yard gain in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) takes the field before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) takes the field before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Fans show their emotions before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans show their emotions before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins cheerleader cheers as F-16's fly over before the start of the Washington Redskins against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins cheerleader cheers as F-16's fly over before the start of the Washington Redskins against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Local firefighters hold a giant American flag for the national anthem before the start of the Washington Redskins against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Local firefighters hold a giant American flag for the national anthem before the start of the Washington Redskins against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • A Redskins fan holds a poster in the stands before the  Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A Redskins fan holds a poster in the stands before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Fans cheer before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans cheer before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins guard Chris Chester (66) takes a minute to himself after the Washington Redskins lose to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins guard Chris Chester (66) takes a minute to himself after the Washington Redskins lose to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shake hands after the game as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shake hands after the game as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) gets a hug from Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett after leaving the game with an injured knee late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) gets a hug from Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett after leaving the game with an injured knee late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) gives Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) a hug after the Washington Redskins lose to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) gives Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) a hug after the Washington Redskins lose to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) leaves the field after losing 24 to 14 against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) leaves the field after losing 24 to 14 against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
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Robert Griffin III exhaled deeply and saluted the crowd as he walked off the field in the fourth quarter Sunday night. His sprained right knee, aggravated in the first quarter, finally gave out. It gruesomely buckled, brace and all, when he tried to pick up a low shotgun snap rolling on the ground.

Fans cheered their hero, the face of this resurgent Washington Redskins franchise, as he exited the stage, knowing they’ll have to wait at least through the offseason to watch him work his magic again.

Griffin’s early knee injury turned the thoroughbred quarterback into a gimpy also-ran. It kept the Redskins‘ offense in neutral and allowed the Seattle Seahawks to come from behind for a 24-14 playoff victory that ended Washington’s historic season.

The fallout of the loss and Griffin’s re-injury immediately landed on coach Mike Shanahan’s shoulders. He and Griffin defended the decision to let Griffin continue playing despite the results on the scoreboard, and despite the re-injury that sent Griffin for an MRI exam Sunday night.

After Griffin fell awkwardly on his right leg on during a first-quarter pass and obviously was hobbled, Griffin talked Shanahan into letting him stay in the game.

“I thought he did enough for us this year to have that opportunity to stay in the football game,” Shanahan said. “It’s always a tough decision when to pull a guy and when not to. He said, ‘Trust me. I want to be in there, and I deserve to be in there,’ and I couldn’t disagree with him.”

The decision triggered an avalanche of second-guessing as the Redskins‘ offense sputtered and Griffin ultimately re-injured his knee.

Washington totaled 129 yards and averaged 6.5 yards per play on two touchdown drives to begin the game. Griffin was injured on the third-to-last play of the second drive.

On the remaining six possessions Griffin played, the Redskins averaged only 1.57 yards on 23 plays. They gained only 36 total yards and four first downs.

“We weren’t the same team,” Shanahan said. “There’s no question about it.”

Then why leave Griffin in the game?

“You got to go with your gut, and I did,” Shanahan said. “I’m not saying my gut is always right, but I’ve been there before. In different situations, I get to know Robert better and better as time goes on. I’ll know how stubborn he is. He’s a competitor, and I’ll probably second guess myself.”

Griffin told Shanahan he was hurt, but he distinguished between being hurt and being injured. It’s an accepted distinction in the football world. Being hurt means playing through pain. Being injured means sitting out.

“I don’t feel like me being out there hurt the team in any way,” Griffin said. “I think I did put myself at more risk by being out there, but every time you step on the football field … you’re putting your life, your career, every single ligament in your body in jeopardy. That’s just the approach I had to take towards it. My teammates needed me out there, so I was out there for them.”

It worked against the Redskins, as it turned out.

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