ATLANTA – Pete Carroll had a feeling that his team was sitting on a performance like this. For the past month.
Instead, Carroll watched his fourth edition of the Seahawks outlast the Rams in St. Louis by tipping a fourth down pass into the end zone in complete to claim a five-point victory two weeks ago and then go into overtime before dispatching the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home last week.
No need for last-second or overtime heroics on Sunday, when the Seahawks slapped a 33-10 loss on the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
“It was really the game we’ve been looking for,” Carroll said. “About a month ago I was waiting to see this happen. Some really good things happened this week with the team, behind closed doors. The guys answered the call really well. I thought we played a complete football game, and played terrifically defensively throughout.”
The dominating performance helped the Seahawks accomplish a lot.
Oh, and it atoned somewhat for the 30-28 loss to the Falcons in a divisional playoff game here in January.
More important than all of that, however, is the fact that the Seahawks played their most complete game of the season – while issuing a warning to the rest of the teams on their schedule, starting with next week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field.
In fact, so much went right on this day that it’s difficult to know where to begin.
“I think the statement of this game was the three guys playing upfront,” Carroll said of Jeanpierre, Bowie and Bailey paving the way for 211 rushing yards. “That’s a fantastic accomplishment on the offensive side of the ball.”
And let’s not forget about the special teams, as
No wonder Carroll smiled slightly when he labeled the start-to-finish effort “our most-complete game of the year.”
The players also could sense this one coming during the week.
“I thought we were phenomenal today. We were tuned in. Really locked in,” Wilson said. “I always say the separation is in the preparation. And just the way we prepared all week, everybody was tuned in to what we needed to do.”
That feeling only intensified for intense All-Pro free safety
“The first series I was like, ‘Man, ooh, we’ve got some juice,’ ” Thomas said. “You’re just pumped up. You’re out of your mind. You’re in your zone. You could just see it in everyone’s eyes.
“I’ve very grateful to be a part of this team. I think we’ve got something special.”
That definitely was the case on Sunday. As Carroll said, “It was a really, really good day across the board.”