The last time the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins squared off, the two teams nearly came to blows before the coin toss even took place.
The Redskins traveled to take on the Seahawks last November in a game that featured Rex Grossman and Tarvaris Jackson as the starting quarterbacks.
In a rather bizarre scene before the game, the captains for both teams met referee Clete Blakeman at midfield for the coin toss. Moments later, the teams had to be separated (You can see the altercation by going to the 5:30 mark in this video).
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall can be seen talking demonstratively in the direction of Seahawks defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove, running back Leon Washington and fullback Michael Robinson. The tiff became more and more agitated before Robinson pointed at Hall’s face, prompting Hall to try and cast Robinson’s arm away. It took nearly two minutes for the coin toss to finally take place with Hall and Washington as the only captains remaining at the center of the field.
The Redskins would go on to win the game after scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a 23-17 victory.
The scuffle during the coin too is an incident neither team has forgotten.
In an interview on the Lavar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C., Hall said there is no love lost between the two teams.
“I can remember going up there last year and almost fighting at the coin toss so they don’t like us and we don’t like them. It’s going to be a heck of a game,” Hall said.
Just bringing up Hall’s name seemed to get under Robinson’s skin on Thursday.
“I’m looking forward to Sunday to see him,” Robinson said.
The Seahawks had an honorary captain accompany them out for the coin toss that day. Hall’s language in front of the young girl was what prompted the reaction from Robinson.
“You got a little girl out here, you’ve got to watch your mouth man,” Robinson said. “You’re not going to come in my stadium and disrespect us like that. That’s kind of how it was and it went from there.”
While the quarterback battle of Russell Wilson against Robert Griffin III is getting the spotlight for Sunday’s Wild Card round match up, the memory of last season’s altercation combined with the intensity of a playoff atmosphere could lead to some increased tempers Sunday afternoon.