The Atlanta Falcons snapped the Seattle Seahawks dream of a Superbowl return with a convincing 36 to 20 win in last Saturdays’ NFC Divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The win by Atlanta was convincing and decisive due to the Falcons ability to expose the Seahawks season long struggles.
COVETED FAST START
The Seattle Seahawks started the game on the front foot and had a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. In Seattle’s previous road games this season, they have started games flat and sluggish.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 14, 2017
SECOND QUARTER WOES
After spotting the Seahawks the seven-point lead, the Falcons buckled down and went to work in the second quarter in which they outscored Seattle 19-3. The 19 points by Atlanta exposed Seattle’s seasonlong ills. An offensive line that is young and learning, a defense that was hit by injuries.
The Falcons Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones on a seven-yard touchdown pass that took advantage of weakened Seattle secondary that was without Earl Thomas who suffered a season-ending leg injury during Seattle blowout win versus the Carolina Panthers on December 5th in Seattle.
Afte answering the Falcons score with a 33-yard field goal, the Seattle defense forced a Falcons punt and looked to be in business when Devin Hester returned the punt 80 yards to the Atlanta 7 only to have the return called back due to a holding penalty.
The ball was spotted on the Seattle seven yard line and Russell Wilson stepped on the leg of rookie right guard Rees Odhiambo and tripped into the endzone resulting in a safety for the Falcons. While Odhiambo made an honest mistake by whipping his leg around trying to protect Wilson as he snapped the ball and went back to pass, Seattle’s offensive line has struggled all season to find any type consistency in run and pass blocking.
The Falcons finished the half with a ten point scoring run that ended with a 9 play 99-yard drive that was capped by a 14 yard run by running back Tevin Coleman with just 48 seconds left in the first half.
SECOND HALF DOMINANCE
The Falcons offense continued to click in the second half by running and passing the ball against a tired and depleted Seattle defense and was able to score two second-half touchdowns on its way to the convincing win.