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By The Numbers: Devin Hester Sparks Seahawks Return Game In Loss To Falcons

A look at 10 key numbers from the Seahawks' loss to Atlanta in the Divisional round of the NFL postseason.

The Seattle Seahawks were eliminated from the postseason after falling to the Atlanta Falcons 36-20 on Saturday in the NFC's Divisional Round. To recap notable player performances, team milestones and (of course) how the game played out, we compiled 10 numbers from the Divisional matchup:


Ahtyba Rubin's second sack of the season came against the Falcons, which was also the second of his postseason career.


One difference from the last time the Seahawks faced the Falcons was that Matt Ryan got the ball out quicker and avoided Seattle's intense pass rush. In Week 6, the Seahawks sacked Ryan four times and hit him 13 times. Yesterday they had three sacks and eight quarterback hits.


Rookie cornerback DeAndre Elliott recorded four combined tackles Saturday in relief of Jeremy Lane, who dealt with cramps according to head coach Pete Carroll. The tackles by Elliott were a season-high as he played 17 defensive snaps. 


Doug Baldwin added five more receptions to increase his mark as Seattle's all-time leader in postseason receptions to 55.


Seattle's opening drive — which resulted in a seven-yard touchdown to tight end Jimmy Graham — was completed in 14 plays, for 89 yards. It ate up eight minutes and 34 seconds off the clock, registering as the Seahawks' longest offensive possession of the season.


Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright led the team in tackles with 10 combined. It was the sixth time this season he recorded double-digit tackles in a game.


Speaking of Graham, since 2011, he has 58 touchdown catches, tied for the third-most in the NFL during that span (including postseason).


Seahawks punter Jon Ryan only punted twice against the Falcons, but both of his kicks were long. Ryan averaged 59.5 gross yards, his best mark of the season.


Paul Richardson followed up his stellar Wild Card performance against Detroit by recording his season-high for yardage in a game (83).


Devin Hester only played in two games for the Seahawks this season, but his presence was certainly felt in short time. His 194 kick return yards — which included a 78-yard return — were the most the Seahawks received in a game all season.

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