Robert Griffin III will try to lead the Redskins over the Seattle Seahawks in a first-round playoff game today at FedEx Field. Photo by Bill Bride.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will try to lead Washington to its first playoff win in seven seasons when the Redskins (10-6) host the Seattle Seahawks (11-5) Sunday at FedEx Field.

The game features Rookie of the Year candidates Griffin and Russell Wilson. Both quarterbacks are excellent passers and can run the ball exceptionally well.

More importantly, Griffin led the Redskins from a 3-6 start to a 10-6 finish, while Wilson led Seattle to a four-game improvement from 2011.

Griffin is getting a lot of publicity from the media and love from fans, and rightfully so. Griffin has led the Redskins to five more wins than they had last year, with help from rookie running back Alfred Morris, receiver Pierre Garçon and a host of veterans.

But lost in the excitement of the Redskins making the playoffs for just the fourth time in the last two decades is the fact that Griffin didn’t have a great game in the Redskins’ 28-18 win against Dallas last week. Griffin was less accurate than usual, finishing just 9 of 18 for 100 yards and no touchdown passes, though he did run one in for a score in the huge win that got the Redskins into the playoffs.

For Washington to beat Seattle, Griffin will have to play better than he did against Dallas. A key matchup will be Washington’s passing offense against Seattle’s defense. The Redskins boast the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the NFL at 27.3 points per game, while the Seahawks gave up the fewest points in the NFL in 2012, surrendering just 15.3 points per game.

The rookie Heisman-winner from Baylor was off on several passes against Dallas, possibly because he was still recovering from his right knee sprain or because of nerves. A look back at the game shows a number of uncharacteristically inaccurate throws for a player whose season completion percentage was 65.6 percent. Most of Griffin’s bad throws, however, came in the first quarter, showing he may have been overexcited.

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