ATLANTA – Revenge. Avenge. Make amends.
The Seahawks’ 33-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Sunday was all that, and more. This was the site where their 2012 season ended in a disappointing last-second loss to the Falcons in a divisional playoff game. It also was a dominating display against a 2-7 Falcons team after the Seahawks had struggled to outlast the Rams in St. Louis and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home the past two weeks.
The victory lifted the Seahawks record to 9-1, extending the best start in franchise history; keeping them atop the NFC West; and avenging the 30-28 loss to the Falcons in a divisional playoff game here in January.
This also was the Seahawks’ fifth road victory this season, tying the franchise record that was shared by the 1984 and 2005 teams.
The Seahawks host the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday, when All-Pro center
The Seahawks won the coin toss, but deferred. The defense then forced a three-and-out and the offense drove 48 yards in 11 plays to a 39-yard field goal with 7:32 left in the quarter to give the Seahawks the lead.
The defense then held the Falcons to a four-and-out, as
The Seahawks drove 44 yards in seven plays to a 43-yard field goal by Steve Hauschka to open the second quarter. The big play was another go-up-and-get-it catch by
One problem: The Seahawks are dominating this game and the Falcons are one big play from taking the lead. It wasn’t one big play, but three double-digit plays by the Falcons that got Matt Bryant close enough for a 53-yard field goal to get Atlanta on the board with 6:30 left in the half. The 10-play, 45-yard drive included a 14-yard pass to Jason Snelling, a 17-yard run by Jacquizz Rodgers and Matt Ryan’s 10-yard scramble up the guy on third-and-9.
Quicker than you could say wait a minute, however, the Seahawks didn’t.
Marshawn Lynch broke a 37-yard run on the first play after the kickoff, thanks to blocks from
After another three-and-out by the defense,
But the Seahawks lost Browner when he injured a groin on the Falcons’ second play of the quarter and was ruled out. That put
The Seahawks took the second-half kickoff and drove 45 yards in 12 plays to a 53-yard field goal by
Hauschka’s field goal was his fourth of the, and 22nd of the season – in 23 attempts. If the Seahawks were playing Monopoly, Hauschka would be the money.
The Falcons then drove 82 yards in 13 plays to Matt Ryan’s fourth-down TD pass to Darius Johnson – a 12-yarder. The drive was kept alive on a dubious personal foul call against
On the 10th play of the final quarter, Lynch got the one thing that eluded him in the first three quarter – a touchdown. It came on a 1-yard run with 8:48 to play, capping a 12-play, 80-yard drive where Lynch eight times for 46 yards – including all three carries after a first-and-goal from the 8.
The Falcons were driving, but Walter Thurmond forced and recovered a fumble to get the ball back. On a third-and-2 play, Thurmond was beaten on a 31-yard completion from Matt Ryan to Harry Douglas. Undaunted, Thurmond ran the play down forced Douglas to fumble and then covered the fumble.