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Russell Wilson works his wizardry again

LANDOVER, Md. -- Russell Wilson, the resident magician of the Seattle Seahawks, pulled off another incredible Monday night magic trick in a 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins.

His offensive line couldn’t get out of its own way, missing blocks, causing costly penalties and generally looking like five lost men.

His star receiver, Percy Harvin, scored three touchdowns that counted for zero points because of penalties that nullified all three.

It was as sloppy an offensive sideshow as you could ever see, yet Wilson was remarkable once again.

Wilson rushed for 122 yards, the most of any quarterback in the 45-year history of "Monday Night Football."

“I don't think running for me is ever really part of the game plan,” Wilson said. “It just kind of happens.”

Good things happen when Wilson has the ball. He also passed for 201 yards, completing 18 of 24 throws for a 127.3 passer rating to become the first man to pass for over 200 yards and rush for over 100 yards in a Monday night game.

He threw for two TDs and ran for another, and he did it on a night when the rest of the offense seemed to be in a trance most of the game. Wilson had Washington defenders all around him on almost every snap, yet he performed a wizardry that you had to see to believe.

"That’s what I love about him," Harvin said. "No matter what the situation is or how bad things get, he has this cool demeanor. He’s a dual threat, and he adds a dimension to this team."

Yes, a fifth dimension, and I’m not talking about the 1970s R&B group. Wilson does things that seem to be otherworldly at times.

For example, with Seattle leading by seven points late in the fourth quarter and the outcome still in doubt, Wilson did the impossible on a third-and-4 at the 50. He dropped back and was a split second from being sacked. He rolled to his left with four Washington defenders inches away from slamming him to the turf.

Then, somehow, he jumped up and threw across his body and over the arms of two defenders right into the waiting hands of Marshawn Lynch, who raced down the field for a 30-yard gain.

That led to a Steven Hauschka 43-yard field goal that put the game away, thanks to a phenomenal play by the Seahawks’ master of magic moments.

“I was just trying to extend the play as long as I could,” Wilson said. "I’m just trying to make a smart play.”

Wilson made a lot of smart plays when the men around him were making a lot of dumb ones. The Seahawks had 13 penalties for 90 yards. The offensive line had three false starts, three holding calls and one personal foul. And Wilson was sacked three times, a number that could have been doubled if not for his elusiveness.

The Seattle defense played well, shutting down the Washington running game and holding Alfred Morris to 29 yards on 13 carries. And punter Jon Ryan had another exceptional game, including a first-down run as the holder on a fake field goal.

But none of that would have mattered without Wilson finding way to make positive plays out of negative situations.

The Seahawks should have won this game by 30 points. Instead, Wilson was the reason they won it at all.