Washington, DC – It’s a game of inches and pounds and a game where there’s a big difference between a game winner and a loss.
For Seattle’s defense, there’s nothing to lose.
The Seahawks were up 14-0 on the Washington Redskins and tied the game when cornerback Chris Culliver intercepted a pass intended for wide receiver Tyler Lockett on third down and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown with 3:31 left in the third quarter.
Seattle, which outgained Washington 659 yards to just 36 yards, got back on the scoreboard with 1:23 left in regulation.
With the game tied, Washington had to punt to tie the score and the game was tied again with 8:17 left in overtime.
Seattle was up by a touchdown when Culliver hit Jamison Crowder in the chest and the cornerback’s arm slammed into Lockett’s chest as the receiver fell to the ground.
Culliver was penalized for holding and returned to the field for review.
The play drew a flag, but the NFL review officials said they were not satisfied with the play because the play wasn’t penalized.
Cullivers head was resting on Lockett as Lockett was still on the ground, and the NFL said Culliver should have been penalized if Lockett had continued to move after the hit.
Lockett said he felt a pop and was shaken up but was able to get up and return to the game.
He had a fumble and recovered a fumble on the other end.
Lockhart said after the game he didn’t think Culliver’s hit was intentional.
He also said he thought Culliver had his right arm around Crowder and shouldn’t have hit him with a foul.
“I don’t think he hit him hard enough.
I think it was just a play on the ball,” Lockhart told Fox Sports.
“He’s not really going to be able to really be a physical tackler.
He’s not going to make it a clean play.
He didn’t hit me hard enough.”
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins went 9-of-15 for 91 yards and threw two interceptions, but Washington had only a 1-yard lead with 4:40 left in OT and Seattle was forced to punt.
“The game was pretty tight, and we were trying to get a first down and win it, and I think we got some momentum on our side,” Washington quarterback Russell Wilson said.
“But we had a chance to get the win and the next play, we didn’t.
We got to take a little bit of the pressure off.”
The Redskins were in control with 4 minutes left in game-winning overtime when quarterback Robert Griffin III threw a 24-yard pass to running back Marshawn Lynch in the end zone with 9:10 left.
Seattle’s Jake Locker went 6-of6 for 63 yards and a touchdown on the drive, but had a sack and fumble in the final four minutes of the overtime period.
Locker had a 1,000-yard season for Washington and had his worst game of the season with 10 carries for 22 yards.
“We didn’t play well in this game, so we had to try to play well with what we had, and that’s how we got the win,” Locker said.
Seattle is now 3-4 in its last five games.
“It was tough to play in the last minute, because we had an opportunity to get it back and we didn.
That’s the only way we can win,” Culliver said.
Washington had a few plays of its own on the second play of overtime when cornerback Jamison, the league’s leading receiver, caught a pass in the flat and turned it into the endzone.
The two had a great exchange on the play, and Jamison ran down the sideline and caught the ball.
It was Jamison’s second catch of the game, and he caught his first career touchdown pass with 1.8 seconds left in a 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12.
The Redskins have lost three of their last four games, including a 33-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14.
Seattle had won three of the past four meetings with Washington, including the two meetings in the NFC Championship Game.