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Who Was the MVP Of Seattle's Wildcard Win in Washington?

There were plenty of MVP candidates in the Seahawks' 24-14 victory over the Redskins. Marshawn Lynch gave his team the lead for good, Russell Wilson orchestrated offense and the Seattle defense shut down Robert Griffin III after a fast start.

The Seattle Seahawks are headed to the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs following their 24-14 victory Sunday in the other Washington, and there's no shortage of players to thank for it.

First, there was the bruising-but-fleet-footed Marshawn Lynch, who carried the ball 20 times for 132 yards and a touchdown. His 27-yard touchdown run, by the way, came one quarter after Lynch lost a fumble that cut short the Seahawks' drive on the 2-yard-line. He recovered and later darted up the right side to score and deflate 84,325 fans in attendance.

Don't forget Russell Wilson, who of the record three rookie quarterbacks that played Sunday was the only one to advance. Matched against a hobbled Robert Griffin III, Wilson continued his habit of playing efficient, mistake-free games. He finished 15-for-26 with 187 yards and a touchdown pass. He also ran for 67 yards, outrushing RG3 and frustrating the Redskins with his elusiveness as the game wore on.

Then, there was the Seahawks' defense. After giving up 14 points on the first two Redskin drives, Seattle barely budged the rest of the game. It's what we've come to expect from this group, which recorded an interception (Earl Thomas) and recovered a Griffin fumble. That was the play on which RG3 left the game with an injured knee, although he spent much of the day running away from and getting hit by Seattle defenders.

The Seahawks' defense frustrated the Redskins so much that it prompted lineman Trent Williams to slap the never-bashful Richard Sherman during the postgame handshakes. (See the video in the media gallery) But Sherman didn't retaliate, instead putting his hands up, smiling and jawing as the two sides had to be separated.

We want to hear who you think was Seattle's MVP in its win against Washington? Tell us in the comments below.

After returning home, the Seahawks will travel to Atlanta to face the No. 1-seeded Falcons - who finished with the NFC's best record during the regular season - next Sunday. The game will start at 10 a.m., Seattle time and will air on FOX (Channel 13).

Bob Martinek January 07, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Lynch's running and picking up Wilson's fumble for big game, makes him number 1 in my book.
Ron Grummer January 07, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Boy that's a tough call, especially as Wilson went down and offered lead blocking to get Marshawn into the endzone on his touchdown run. How about a MVT as this was definitely a team effort and I'd hate to leave anyone out when so many worked so hard and played so well.
Bob Martinek January 07, 2013 at 07:01 PM
big gain
Jim January 08, 2013 at 12:17 AM
I agree with Ron!
Lisa Baumann (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Here's another question being talked about right now: Should RG3 have been pulled when he first started showing a noticeable limp? What do you think?
leonard bissett January 08, 2013 at 06:07 AM
RG 111 is a total class act, playing hurt with a great attitude, not arrogant but humble. he should have been pulled but it is no fault to anyone, This game means a lot to many folks including RG 111
Phil Anderson January 09, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Co-MVP's Wilson,Lynch & team plus the community with having to put up with paragraph after paragraph of comments about the losing Quarterback in the media reports. Seahawks WON the game with a total combined team effort worthy of elaboration.
randal January 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Are you all in-freaking-sane? The only reason Seattle won that game was because RGIII injured HIMSELF. No Seahawk touched him! Your overrated D was getting shredded like that field. Is it a coincidence that the Skins didn't score another point AFTER the second TD/injury? You were about to be embarrassed until the knee gave out. Pathetic franchise of no rings and delusional fan base. MVP is the knee.
thatmug January 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Says the whiny crying little girl

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