- Associated Press - Sunday, January 6, 2013

Wild-card weekend is over in the NFL playoffs, and Seattle’s Russell Wilson is the lone rookie quarterback remaining.

And, Wilson’s Seahawks made a pretty good case that they might be here a while.

Wilson teamed with Marshawn Lynch to lead Seattle to a 24-14 comeback victory over the Washington Redskins, who finished the game Sunday without Robert Griffin III _ their star rookie quarterback who reinjured his right knee.

“It was a tremendous game,” Wilson said. “We were fortunate enough to come out with a win. It was a battle, we kept playing. One play at a time, that’s what I kept telling the guys.”

The Seahawks (12-5) overcame a 14-0 first-quarter hole _ their biggest deficit this season _ and will visit the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons (13-3) next Sunday. Seattle has a six-game winning streak, and ended the stigma that it couldn’t win on the road in the playoffs _ ending an eight-game skid away from home in the postseason.

“It was a huge win,” Wilson said, “and we’re excited about the opportunities.”

In Baltimore, Ray Lewis and the Ravens eliminated Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick, and the Indianapolis Colts with a 24-9 win. The victory delayed Lewis‘ retirement for at least another week as Baltimore (11-6) heads to top-seeded Denver (13-3) next Saturday.

“I knew how it started, but I never knew how it would end here in Baltimore,” said Lewis, who played his final home game. “To go the way it did today, I wouldn’t change nothing.”

The other playoff games next weekend are Green Bay at San Francisco on Saturday, and Houston at New England on Sunday.

The Packers (12-5) set up the showdown with the 49ers (11-4-1) after beating the Minnesota Vikings in the wild-card round Saturday. The teams met in the season opener, a 30-22 victory by San Francisco.

Houston gets another chance against New England after beating Cincinnati 19-13 on Saturday in quarterback Matt Schaub’s first postseason start. The AFC East champion Patriots trounced the Texans 42-14 at Foxborough on Dec. 10, the first of three losses in four games for Houston to end the regular season.

At Landover, Md., Griffin’s knee buckled as he tried to field a bad shotgun snap, leaving the Redskins an offseason to worry about their franchise player’s health.

Griffin was playing in his third game since spraining his right knee about a month ago against Baltimore, and he had been looking gimpy since tumbling backward following an ill-advised sidearm throw in the first quarter.

Nevertheless, he stayed in the game. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he didn’t pull Griffin because the quarterback wanted to continue.

“I think I did put myself at more risk,” Griffin said. “But every time you get on the field, you’re putting yourself on the line.”

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