The Seahawks outscored the Falcons 21-6 in the second half Sunday behind aggressive defense and a dynamic no-huddle offense. But it wasn’t enough – the Falcons’ 24-7 halftime lead proved too much for the Seahawks to overcome.
Down 30-28 late, a final drive put the Seahawks almost within striking distance. On 4th and 8 with 13 seconds remaining, kicker Steven Hauschka came up just short on a 61-yard field goal attempt.
Tarvaris Jackson had his best game yet for Seattle. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 2 interceptions both came on tipped passes. The Seahawks’ running game, however, failed to find its footing. Seattle only accumulated 53 yards on the ground, compared to Atlanta’s 121.
Early on, the game looked like it would be an easy Falcons victory. Quarterback Matt Ryan moved the team down the field at will, hitting receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez again and again. The Falcons were 9-16 on third down.
At halftime, the score was 24-7 Falcons. Atlanta then scored first in the third quarter to make it 27-7. But Seattle came on strong. Jackson connected with Mike Williams to make the score 27-14, then on the next drive Marshawn Lynch scored on an 11-yard touchdown run to bring Seattle within 6.
Atlanta then extended their lead with about 12 minutes to play on a a 42-yard field goal. Seattle responded in kind as Jackson led a 60-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown to Ben Obamanu.
That set Seattle’s defense up with a chance to make a stop. It took a while but they came through with one. After an Atlanta punt, the Seahawks offense took at its own 15 yard line with 1:49 remaining and just one timeout.
But the final drive stalled out on the 41 yard line of Atlanta and culminated in the missed field goal. The Seahawks fall to 1-3 with the loss. They play the New York Giants next week.