Funny thing about Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, lately he seems to perform better when he is injured as he wasn’t expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, due to some knee issues. But play he did while being injured in the first half; he ran for 143 yards, including key yardage late in the game, allowing for a late field goal by Shaun Suisham whcih allowed Washington to escape from Qwest Field with a 20-17 win over Seattle.
The first quarter was insignificant on a yardage and score basis for both teams as the Seahawks would go into the second quarter up 3-0 on a 45-yard FG by Olindo Mare; RB Ladell Betts scored the first touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run, giving Washington a 7-3 lead in the second quarter. The Seahawks’ Maurice Morris would score late in the half on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, giving Seattle a 10-7 halftime lead.
A FG by Suisham would tie the game at 10 with 7:21 left in the third quarter; an interception by safety Laron Landry would give Washington the ball at the Seattle 35-yard line. Jason Campbell would take advantage of the pick as he would toss an 8-yard TD pass to Antwaan Randle-El, giving Washington a 17-10 advantage; but Seattle would tie it back up on a TD pass from Hasselbeck to tight end John Carlson with 13:24 left in the game.
The winning score came after Campbell connected with Santana Moss with a 24-yard pass on a third-and-5 which got the ball to the Seahawks 27; that would set up the winning field goal by Suisham, which gave Washington a 20-17 lead – a lead they would hang on to until the final gun. Campbell, while not outstanding, was efficient as he went 20-of-33 for 206 yards in the air with a TD while Hasselbeck was quite the opposite, going 12-of-24 for 103 yards with 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s.
Portis led a potent Redskins rushing attack with 29 carries for 143 yards with 16 receiving yards while Morris led the Seahawks rushers with 103 yards on only 14 carries. Moss led the Redskins receiving corps with 72 yards while Chris Cooley caught 5 passes for 54 yards; Randle-El, while only gaining 18 yards, scored a TD. Bobby Engram led the Seahawks receivers with 34 yards on 2 receptions. Washington (7-4) plays again on Sunday when they have a key NFC East matchup, hosting the New York Giants while Seattle (2-9) plays on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) when they travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys.