Atlanta Falcons edge Seahawks when tying field goal attempt comes up short

Aubrey Yates
November 21, 2017

Blair Walsh's last-minute field goal attempt came up short as the Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-31.

Down by 11, the Seahawks tried to rally late.

Even with the Seahawks' secondary ailing, Seattle held Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to 195 yards, ending his 64-game streak of passing for 200-plus yards.

A 49-yard drive set up a 30-yard field goal by Walsh to cut the score to 21-10.

"What an absolute team win from the guys tonight", said Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, formerly the Seahawks' defensive coordinator. "Eddie was going to play, too, depending upon how the game went and all that".

"I think we're moving in the right direction". "We don't know what the extent is, but it was enough that he couldn't go back in".

The Falcons added a rare loss to Seattle's impressive primetime record and improved to 6-4, staying in the playoff picture with six weeks left in the season.

Seattle fell to 6-4 with what was its second straight home defeat in a game in which Atlanta took an early 21-7 lead and then made just enough plays down the stretch to hold on.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will have to answer postgame questions about two curious decisions.

"It would have been a really good call if we had made it", Carroll said.

It wasn't necessarily pretty, but the Falcons capitalized early on field position and great plays by their defense to jump in front.

They - whoever they is - say that football is a game of inches. "200?" Thomas said. "And couple times the referees bailed them out because we play physical on the outside".

The Seahawks quarterback had seven rushes for 86 yards and completed 26 of 42 passes for 258 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Cornerback Shaquill Griffin joined Chancellor and Sherman on the bench after the second play of the game, as he sustained a concussion.

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"That was in our range, and in hindsight I would have just driven it more", Walsh said.

By game's end, the discussion was about Atlanta and its ability to win in a different way.

The only notable inactive for Atlanta was running back Devonta Freeman, who had already been ruled out with a concussion. "If you don't, you're going to have some tackles for losses".

The first half was a back-and-forth affair.

Cornerback Jeremy Lane had a costly 25-yard pass interference to set up first-and-goal at the 1-yard line for Atlanta's first touchdown of the game. "I should have scored but, you know, I let him tackle me".

Ryan found Mohamed Sanu for a 2-yard touchdown a few plays later. Wilson scrambled for 13 yards and Seattle then drove to the Atlanta 17.

Atlanta had to punt from its own 17.

"I was happy with everything else that I did in that game, but it's tough that the last play is what it comes down to", Walsh said. "So for us to be plus-two in the turnover margin was a factor".

"I think it was an awkward fall, " he said.

Seattle could have used the field goal and the timeout in the end.

Both of the turnovers were by Russell Wilson - a pass thrown wide of Tyler Lockett that Desmond Trufant picked off and returned 40 yards; and a fumble when he was sacked by Takkarist McKinley that Adrian Clayborn picked up and returned 11 yards for a touchdown.

The Legion of Boom looked more like the Legion of Boo-Boos on Monday night. The Seahawks were penalized nine times for 106 yards against Atlanta.

Just when the Seahawks had made the bold decision to go with Mike Davis as the starter - a decision that showed some positive early returns - Davis headed to the sideline with a strained groin.

Brown went through an extensive pregame workout about two hours before kickoff of Monday's game against Atlanta and appeared to give a thumbs-up as he left the field.

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