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NFL playoffs – First round favorites all advance

It was a week of favorites for the NFL, as all four favorites advanced in the first round. One game in particular may have caused some bettors a little heartburn.

The Washington Redskins, behind wunderkind quarterback Robert Griffin III, took an early 14-0 lead against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle, also led by a rookie quarterback – Russell Wilson – stormed back with 24 unanswered points to win 24-14.

The play of the game may have been when Wilson ran ahead of runningback Marshawn Lynch on his touchdown run, blocking a defender for him at the last minute before the goal line.

Robert Griffin III started out strong, but the injured knee he came into the game with, gave him problems most of the contest. Finally, after a bad shotgun snap, his knee buckled, and he crumpled to the poorly-maintained field. He never returned, and neither did the Redskins. The football playoff odds had the Seahawks favored by three points, and they looked strong, winning their sixth straight.

The Seahawks will travel to Atlanta to take on the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

“It was only two touchdowns, but it’s still a big comeback and in this setting and the crowd, it’s a marvelous statement about the guys resolve and what is going on,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s not about how you start but how you finish.”

Earlier in the day, the Baltimore Ravens knocked out the Indianapolis Colts, 24-9.





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