Trailing Seattle, 17-7, in the fourth quarter and on the verge of losing their seventh straight game, the Redskins got a much-needed spark from rookie running back Roy Helu. Facing a 3rd and three on Seattle's 28-yard line, Washington quarterback Rex Grossman took the shotgun snap and immediately tossed it to Helu. The 22-year-old out of Nebraska ran to his left, but was met by Seahawks cornerback Roy Lewis at the line of scrimmage.
Helu leaped clear over the diving Lewis, broke a tackle and then burst through a crowd of converging defenders for his first career touchdown run.
"I didn't care if their safety came over and killed me in the air," Helu said after the game. "I just knew I was going to get that first down from forward progress, and I ended up breaking a tackle."
Helu's score cut the lead to 17-14 and the defense followed the highlight up by forcing the first of three critical three-and-out possessions. Those defensive stands set the stage for Grossman's 50-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong. Washington would go on to win 23-17.
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