NFL play-offs: Robert Griffin III knee injury won't stop Washington Redskins v Seattle Seahawks

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 04/01/13 7:30pm

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Robert Griffin III says his knee injury will not be a factor as he prepares for an all-rookie showdown with Russell Wilson as the Seattle Seahawks visit Washington in the play-offs.

Last year's play-offs saw the first ever all-rookie contest when Andy Dalton's Bengals took on TJ Yates' Texans, and this year will be the second ever contest of first year triggermen.

Unlike third-stringer Yates, both RGIII and Wilson have had superb seasons, with second overall draft pick Griffin starring as a real dual-threat while Wilson tied Peyton Manning's rookie record for touchdown passes.

Griffin threw 20 touchdown passes this season and ran in another seven while throwing just five interceptions, and with fellow rookie Alfred Morris enjoying a record year at running back, the Redskins have been the best running team in the league.

Former Baylor man Griffin has been slowed by a knee injury, but it did not stop him running in another score in their must-win showdown with Dallas last week, and he insists he is improving all the time.

"I feel good," said Griffin. "I've felt better every day and the good thing is that there's been no setbacks in any of the games so I get to go out there and see what I can do and each week I've been able to do a little bit more.

"So now I feel a lot better than I did last week and that's all you can ask for at this point."

Seattle's fearsome defence will be a stern test for Washington despite the 90,000 home fans at FedEx Field providing the home advantage.

It will be Wilson's biggest test to date, but in Marshawn Lynch Seattle has a running game themselves which they can lean on to give their quarterback time to settle into the game.

Wilson praise

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is confident of pulling off what would be a fine road victory, and feels Wilson has what it takes to lead Seattle into the next round of the play-offs.

"Russell has had a fantastic season," said Carroll. "He's done everything we could have hoped for, we raised him up and he just took off and ran with it and our offence has really grown and improved over the season.

"He's been highly efficient, great with the football and a guy you can trust absolutely, he's conscious about taking care of the football which is key to our philosophy."

The Redskins have won the last six regular season meetings, but in the play-offs it is the opposite with Seattle playing, and beating, Washington in the Skins' last two post-season games.

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